The gritty 8-year-old Redattore hadn't been himself in his last three starts. But with Julie Krone in the irons on Saturday, the Brazilian-bred bay showed all of his former fight, holding off favored Irish Warrior by three-quarters of a length in the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park Saturday.
The win gave Krone a sweep of the two graded stakes races on the card Saturday. She also won the Generous (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds aboard Castledale.
Krone took over for Alex Solis, who is in Japan, on Redattore.
Redattore moved three paths wide into the final turn, reached the lead in mid-stretch after falling back a bit on the turn and lugging in, and hooked up with the late-running Irish Warrior for the run to the wire. He was edging away from Irish Warrior, the 6-5 favorite in the field of six ridden by David Flores, at the end. Mister Acpen, Patrick Valenzuela aboard, was 2 1/2 lengths farther back in third. The final time was 1:40 3/5 for the 1 1/16-mile turf test.
After winning the Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) in May and going to the sidelines for two months, Redattore was sixth in the Eddie Read (gr. IT) at Del Mar in his return, then third in a pair of non-graded races. But he was ready Saturday.
Allowed to stalk Captain Squire, who clipped off :23 3/5, :47 2/5 and 1:11 1/5 splits, Redattore was third on the outside as Captain Squire began to falter on the final turn. The son of Roi Normand-Political Intrigue (Deputy Minister) eventually edged to the front on the outside of Mister Acpen as Irish Warrior quickly responded. The pair engaged in a spirited duel down the lane.
"Up the backside, Redattore literally charged those two speed horses (Captain Squire and Mister Acpen)," Krone said. "I'm saying, 'You're going to go three-wide pressing these horses?' And Red just took off those two horses. He dropped the bridle and dropped back. I said, 'Oh, how nice of you to take a breather.' Then he saw Irish Warrior's white face, and he just re-broke.
"The only thing I did was guide him over to his right lead (leg)," Krone added. "Personally, I'm very afraid of Irish Warrior because he's a very tough horse. I'm thinking, 'Anybody but him.' His little face was grinding down, but Red just stayed ahead of him, kept his ears pinned and just did as much as he had to do."
Irish Warrior was hung five wide in the stretch and battled on gamely while still widest in the lane. Redattore lugged highweight of 120 pounds, three more than the runner-up.
Wally Dollase, the trainer of Irish Warrior, was denied a third straight Citation win. Dollase saddled Good Journey to win the last two runnings.
Richard Mandella trains Redattore, who won for the fourth time in seven starts this year and earned $240,000 for owner Luis Alfredo Taunay. Overall, the horse is 14-2-6 in 31 tries for a purse total of $1,709,883.
Gary Mandella, son of Richard Mandella, saddled Redattore for his father, who is in Japan along with jockey Alex Solis to run Johar in Sunday's Japan Cup.
"Extremely confident," he said of Krone substituting for Solis. "When Julie retired from this for a couple of years, she galloped horses for my dad, so she worked this horse a bunch. She was perfect, the obvious choice. She knows this horse very well and loves him like we do."
The 5-2 second choice, Redattore paid $7.40, $3 and $2.20. Irish Warrior returned $2.40 and $2.10. Mister Acpen's show was $2.20. The $2 exacta was worth $16.40. Green Line, Nicobar and Captain Squire were next.
In the $100,000 Generous, Irish-bred Castledale, making his first start in the United States, nipped the rallying favorite Dealer Choice by a nose in a thrilling finish.
Krone settled Castledale, who is trained by Jeff Mullins for owners Lyons and Knee, in a stalking position along the inside, from where the Peintre Celebre bay colt rallied three-wide to get the lead. Slow-starting Dealer Choice, ridden by Flores, saved ground into the stretch and just missed tagging the winner at the wire. Lucky Pulpit, Valenzuela aboard, was two lengths behind in third.
The final time was 1:35 2/5 for the mile.
Castledale was 1-4-1 in seven starts in Ireland, his last a victory in a listed stakes at The Curragh Sept. 14. He earned $60,000 for the win, and now has purses of $109,623. Gigginstown House Stud bred Castledale, who is from the Silver Hawk mare Louju.
He paid $9.40, $5.20, and $3.80. Dealer Choice, a French bred, returned $3.80 and $2.80. Lucky Pulpit's show was $3.80.