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DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN IMPRESSIVE 3 ½ LENGTH WINNER OF $200,000 EVENING JEWEL STAKES AS BEJARANO & HOLLENDORFER TEAM AGAIN
ARCADIA, Calif. (March 30, 2013)—Ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano, consistent Doinghardtimeagain layed close to a fast pace and went on to a resounding 3 ½ length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies bred in California, covering 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16 flat.
With 3-5 favorite Sweet Marini breaking sluggishly, 7-2 second choice Doinghardtimeagain, drawn in post position nine in the 11-horse field, sat third behind dueling leaders Marks Mine and eventual second place finisher Hail Mary.
“I just tried to find my position and figure it out from there,” said Bejarano. “She was a little hot going to the gate, a little excited, but she was good once she was in the gate. “When I saw that the favorite (Sweet Marini) didn’t break that well, I just had to find my position and go from there.”
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Doinghardtimeagain, a daughter of Ministers Wild Cat, has been a gem of consistency for owner/breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, as she had two wins and three thirds from six starts coming into the Evening Jewel.
“She ran like we expected,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer. “She was training well and got a super trip. He’s (Bejarano) the best rider. He knew he had it. He’s 17 for 28 on our horses. I just told him she has enough speed to be up close and that she likes to fight. She’s a hard trier.”
Doinghardtimeagain paid $9.20, $4.20 and $3.80. With the winner’s share of $110,000, she hiked her bankroll to $346,270.
“This stud (Ministers Wild Cat) is real hot right now,” said Tom Stull, owner of Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC. “When we saw that the two-horse (Sweet Marini) didn’t have the lead I was pretty happy.”
Hail Mary, who cut out pressured fractions of 21.64, 44.89 and 1:09.66, was engaged by the winner at the top of the lane and proved second-best under Julien Leparoux, finishing four lengths in front of Cloudy Moon and Kevin Krigger.
Off at 7-1, Hail Mary paid $7.00 and $6.00.
Cloudy Moon, off at 30-1, lagged far back early and made a run through the lane to finish 2 ½ lengths in front of Qiaona and Garrett Gomez. Cloudy Moon paid $10.20 to show.
Favored Sweet Marini was never a factor with Joe Talamo aboard and finished seventh, beaten nearly 20 lengths.
“I had a good trip,” said Talamo. “She broke a little slow, and she just didn’t fire today. She had a lot of kickback (dirt in her face) today, and she just didn’t fire.”
The Evening Jewel was run as Saturday’s sixth race and was the first of two Cal-bred features on the day, as the $200,000 Echo Eddie was slated as the eighth.