LATE-STARTING UNUSUALLY SOUND ON THE RISE WITH SECOND WIN

ARCADIA, Calif. (April 7, 2010) – Unusually Sound, a 4-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat who did not make his racing debut until January of this year, continued making up for lost time Wednesday with a wire-to-wire victory as the 11-10 favorite in Santa Anita’s $48,400 allowance feature at one mile on turf.

His authoritative 1 ¼-length score over 5-2 second choice Thorondor was his second successive victory following a fast-closing second in his maiden debut and suggested a bright future for the chestnut gelding trained by Patrick Gallagher for owners and breeders Harris Farms and Corey and Michael Wellman.

With Alex Solis in the saddle, Unusually Sound gained control soon after the start, resisted a challenge by Thorondor rounding the far turn and steadily drew clear while crossing the wire in 1:34.42.

Thorondor, ridden by Joel Rosario, gamely held on for second, a neck ahead of third-place Trulymet’smydaddy, the longest shot at 21-1 in the field of six with Martin Pedroza in the saddle.

The winner paid $4.20, $2.60 and $2.40. Thorondor, making his second start following a year on the sidelines, paid $3.20 and $2.80. Trulymet’smydaddy returned $4.60 to show.

“He kind of surprised me today,” Solis said of Unusually Sound. “He came out of the gate rolling, like he knew what he wanted to do, so I let him. He’s just moving forward with every race.”

According to Gallagher, Unusually Sound did not make his first start until the age of four simply because he was an immature youngster. “It took him a while to get going in his first start,” said Gallagher. “He improved in his second.”

He broke his maiden by 1 ¾ lengths on March 10 while racing one mile on turf with a clocking of 1:35.80, well over a second slower than he traveled in Wednesday’s third start.

Unusually Sound has become the first winner for his dam, Miss Bev Hills, who passed away two years ago at the age of 16 following a bout with colic. She raced as an 8-year-old and earned in excess of $150,000. Unusually Sound earned $28,800 on Wednesday to bring his three-race total to $65,600.

Santa Anita racing continues on Thursday with an eight-race card that commences at 1 p.m.

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