Inesperado Closes for Cinema Handicap Win

Inesperado Closes for Cinema Handicap Win
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Inesperado (5) passes Regiment en route to victory in the Cinema Handicap.
Trainer Bobby Frankel notched another stakes win Sunday when Inesperado closed from the back of the pack to win in the $182,600 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park. Under Kent Desormeaux, the French-bred son of Zayyani completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.63 on the firm turf.

Inesperado raced in last early on, as Point Prince set a moderate pace. On the backstretch, Regiment moved up from third along the rail as jockey Mike Smith pulled Port Prince out of the race. Regiment led the field into the stretch with fellow Thoroughbred Corp. runner Johar just to his outside and Inesperado tracking them along the inside. Inesperado inched closer to the leader along the rail in the stretch and just got his nose in front at the wire.

"This is a very brave horse," Desormeaux said. "I set him up for an anticipated hole, and he aimed for it before there was plenty of room. He's a brave little guy, but also very talented. There was a very, very nice horse (Regiment) in front of him that he caught, and that took some talent."

Regiment finished second, a half-length ahead of Johar. Mananan McLir, Sunkosi, and Gobi Dan completed the order of finish. Point Prince was vanned off the track.

Inesperado returned $7.40, $2.40, and $2.10 and earned $97,560 for 3 Plus U Stable. Regiment and Johar were coupled in the wagering due to common ownership and paid $2.10 and $2.10. The $1 exacta returned $4.90.

The Cinema Handicap victory marks the fifth in 10 starts for Inesperado. Sunday's race was his first since switching to Frankel's barn after racing in France earlier in his career. In France, he won the Prix Delahante and finished second in the Prix Motenica. Barbara Moser and Rachele Lamy bred Inesperado. (Chart, Equibase)

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