Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin Racing scored its first 2-year-old victory of the season in California on Saturday when Eoin Harty-trained Inamorato rallied strongly from off the pace to win a good maiden heat at Hollywood Park.
Ridden by Alex Solis, Inamorato settled into seventh position early in the field of nine 2-year-old colts while Macho Image and Downtime dueled through fractions of :21.97 and :45.38. Solis got the long-striding colt from the first crop of Tale of the Cat into high gear once straighening into the stretch and closed with a rush to win by a half-length. Another late runner, Outta Here, was up for second, a head in front of Valediction. Final time was 1:04.24 after a five-furlong clocking of :57.92. THe winner paid $9.80.
Inamorato, bred in Kentucky by Bruce Hundley and Doug Arnold, sold first as a weanling for $165,000 at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, where Buzz Chace, agent, purchased him. He was consigned by Denali Stud, agent, to the 2001 September yearling sale but was bought back by his consignor for $190,000.
Trainer Harty said he would consider the Best Pal Stakes (gr. III) at Del Mar Aug. 21 for Inamorato's next start. The colt is one of about 50 2-year-olds Harty has in training for Godolphin in the U.S. In addition to his California stable, he has a string at Arlington Park near Chicago.