Swept Overboard rallied from ninth under Hall of Fame jockey Eddie Delahoussaye to catch Speak in Passing and win the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Express at Hollywood Park.
Delahoussaye took the gray horse to the outside early in the stretch and they made steady progress to win by a nose. Final time for the 5 1/2 furlongs on turf was 1:01 4/5.
Speak in Passing finished second, a half-length in front of late closer Blu Air Force. Texas Glitter, second in the race a year ago, finished fourth in the 10-horse field.
"My horse wasn't tracking too good on the ground early," Delahoussaye said. "It seemed like he wasn't gathering himself. Then when we got midway around the turn, I chirped to him and he started picking it up and feeling better. When I swung him out, the ground felt a little better there and maybe he just grabbed. I didn't know if I was going to get the other horse at the sixteenth pole because he was running...my little horse, he found another gear and he just got up in time."
"Un-be-lieve-able. Un-be-lieve-able," said Kent Desormeaux, who was aboard Speak in Passing, of the winner's move. "I spanked my horse at the eighth pole, he lunged, and I was thinking the others had no chance. That's Eddie D!"
Swept Overboard, who finished in the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Belmont Park, has won two of his last three starts and is seven-of-15 lifetime. The winner's share of $120,000 boosted his career earnings to $642,442.
"What a horse," said trainer Craig Dollase, who also saddled 2000 Turf Express winner El Cielo. "To run so consistently like he has all year long, he's the kind you wake up to train every day. He is a pleasure to train, that is for sure. He's a very versatile horse, he's got a tremendous turn of foot. Eddie fit him perfectly today. He really rode him well."
Swept Overboard paid $4.20, $2.80 and $2.20. Speak in Passing, the second choice, returned $3.60 and $3, while the show payoff on Blu Air Force was $3.60.
In the $200,000 Miesque Stakes, 20-1 shot Forty On Line took the early lead under jockey Corey Nakatani and went on to a one-length victory. The 2-year-old British-bred filly trained by Robert Hess set comfortable fractions and completed the mile in 1:36 1/5 for the mile.
"They went slow up front and Corey took advantage of that," Hess said. "And that's why with these great jockeys, Corey, Desormeaux, (Gary) Stevens . . . you hate to tell them a whole lot. In a textbook world I thought we'd lay fourth or fifth, but I didn't tell him that and he seized the opportunity."
Forty On Line, who had one European start before being acquired by a group headed by Hess in August, broke her maiden in her second start on Oct.17 at Santa Anita. She was nominated to the Miesque by bloodstock agent Richard Duggan, who spotted the filly for the Hess group.
"Richard Duggan is the man," said Hess. "I thought we'd break her maiden, win an allowance race or two. I thought when she went longer she might be of this caliber, but surprisingly at a mile she can do it. She seemed to improve a lot here. I'm hoping it's not the turf, I'm hoping she just got better with the race under her belt. But she did work great over here the two times we worked her."
The ownership group consists of six principles, led by Dr. Michael Sigband and Rich Ulmer of Tustin, Calif. Hess has known them all for several years.
"We're all elated," Hess said. "I'll tell you, this group of owners is like family to me. We put them together bit by bit and it is really extra special."
Forty On Line paid $43, $15.60 and $12.20. Riskaverse returned $5.60 and $6.60 for second and Daisyago paid $9.80. The favored entry of La Martina and Stylelistick ran fourth and ninth respectively.
Forty On Line earned $120,000 to boost her bankroll to $144,457 as she is undefeated in two U.S. starts.
"I was pretty confident in her," said Nakatani. "I worked her the other morning and she went really good around the dogs. I was just really impressed with the way she moves, the way she does things. She's really aggressive. Being a 2-year-old and being that aggressive, she can dictate where she is at in a race as long as she is relaxed. She relaxed, we got away with easy fractions, around the turn I let her out a little bit, and she was there when I called on her. It's really nice to ride horses like this."
Hollywood Park has a Pick Six carryover of $152,685 entering Saturday's second day of the Turf Festival.