Zoffany rallied through the stretch and captured the $118,600 Citation H
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Zoffany rallied through the stretch and captured the $118,600 Citation Handicap for older horses Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, Zoffany finished three-quarters of a length in front of Lord At War, ridden by Bill Shoemaker. Foscarini, ridden by Fernando Toro, finished third another 23/4 lengths back.
The 8-5 favorite, Both Ends Burning pased tired horses in the stretch and finished fourth, beaten 43/4 lengths, under Russell Baze.
The final time of 1:44 4-5, the fastest time ever run at 11/8 miles on the turf by more than a second, will not be recognized as a track record due to an error in the timing of the race, said a Hollywood Park spokesperson who asked not to be identified. The horses were timed over a distance of less than 11/8 miles.
Zoffany, a 5-year-old trained by John Gosden, defeated eight rivals and earned a $69,100 winner’s purse in the race for 3-year-olds and up.
Sent off the third choice, Zoffany paid $12.80, $5.80 and $4. Lord At War returned $5.20 and $4.20 and Foscarini paid $4.60 to show.
Carrying 116 pounds, Zoffany raced close up before angling out in the stretch. He responded to strong urging and wore down Lord At War in the final sixteenth.
Lord At War, carrying highweight of 125 pounds, raced behind the leaders during the early going and rallied to take a brief lead in midstretch.
Foscarini, carrying 115, finished well in the middle of the course but could not threaten the first two finishers.
Hollywood Park’s turf course was lengthened from seven-eighths of a mile to one mile during the offseason and Saturday’s race was the second race run over it since the change.