Genre, closing from far back, was along just in time when the apparent winner of the $128,200 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT), New Joysey Jeff, lost rider Jose Valdivia Jr. in mid-stretch Sunday on the Hollywood Park turf course.
Valdivia, who was transported to a local hospital with a broken left collarbone, was the third jockey at Hollywood Park to fall in separate incidents Sunday. New Joysey Jeff, who ducked out under left-handed urging while surging toward the leaders on the outside in the 1 1/8-mile event for 3-year-olds, was not injured.
Genre, ridden by Martin Pedroza, was also rallying behind New Joysey Jeff when the mishap occurred. The Great Britain-bred son of Orpen got up in the final strides to win by one-half length over Niagara Causeway, spoiling an upset bid at 10-1.
"It's been a wild day," Pedroza said. "I don't know, today we might have still been second best. When Jose fell down, it looked like his horse was going to win. I know my horse hasn't won for awhile and, in my opinion, I thought he might get a little tired. That's why I had him so far back. I was just lucky to win."
Ben Cecil, who was in England for Royal Ascot this week, trains Genre for owners David and Paula Mueller, who purchased him with turf races in mind a year ago at Tattersalls in Europe. Genre began his career in England, where he won two of eight starts last year before transferring to Cecil to win the Real Quiet on the main track at Hollywood after Bob and John was disqualified. The bay colt had been winless in three starts this year but was coming off a second-place finish in the La Puente on the Santa Anita lawn April 15.
"We knew he was a good horse, and it was just a matter of time," said David Mueller. "Today was the day."
The third choice in a field of eight, Genre ($12.20, $6, $3.80) completed the nine-furlong distance in 1:47 3/5. The colt chased the pace from the back of the pack while saving ground. He split rivals in the stretch and came on strongly under left-handed urging to catch Niagara Causeway in the final strides.
Niagara Causeway ($11.40, $6), ridden by Jon Court, was close to the pace set by The Five J's (:23 1/5, :47 4/5, 1:11 4/5) before bidding for the lead in upper stretch and inching clear.
Film Fortune ($4), ridden by Tyler Baze, edged The Five J's by a head for third. Obrigado, the slight 3-1 favorite, finished fifth, followed by Global Genius and Chadlington.
Genre earned $65,520 for his fourth win in 13 starts, pushing his career bankroll to $198,009.