Lazaro Barrera Memorial S. (gr. III)

(gr. III , 7f ,)

TIME TO GET EVEN (DK B/ h, 116 lb) $65,820
Stephen Got Even —Tomisue's Pleasure , by Seeking the Gold
B—Hilbert Thoroughbreds, Inc., KY.; O—Murrietta Racing Stable, Lopez, Joe, Mario, et al; T—Walther Solis

Principle Secret (DK B/ h, 123 lb) $21,940
Sea of Secrets —Beright , by Gray Slewpy
B—Victory Racing Llc., KY.; O—Charles Cono LLC; T—Christopher S. Paasch

Desert Code (CH h, 123 lb) $13,164
E Dubai —Chatta Code , by Lost Code
B—ClassicStar, KY.; O—Tarabilla Farms, Inc.; T—David E. Hofmans

Margins: neck, nose, ½. Others: Try to Fly 121($6,582) , Abalanche 115($2,194) , Euroglide 119 , Taxi Fleet 117 , Another Kris 119 . Winning Jockey, David Romero Flores.

Time to Get Even rallied wide turning for home and closed in the final strides to win a thrilling renewal of the $109,700 Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) at Hollywood Park May 20. Racing in the middle of the track, Time to Get Even dug in to nip Principle Secret by a neck in a blanket finish. Desert Code was a nose back in third and it was a half-length back to Try to Fly.

Time to Get Even’s Barrera triumph gave winning jockey David Flores career win No. 3,000. Flores picked up the mount from injured jockey Alex Bisno. Flores was scheduled to ride Robbos Courage in the Barrera before that entrant was scratched.

The Barrera was Time to Get Even’s first start over a synthetic surface and the first stakes race of his career. He entered the Barrera off only two starts. He broke his maiden in his second attempt April 11 at Santa Anita. He finished second in his debut to Euroglide, who finished sixth in the Barrera.

Time to Get Even was consigned by Lane’s End, agent, to the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale. Trainer Walther Solis purchased Time to Get Even for $5,000 as agent for Murrietta Stable.

Solis, who now trains the colt, was convinced he purchased an excellent bargain.

“I liked everything about him,” the native of Guatemala said. “He has a great walk and presentation and he carries himself very well. After his first couple of works, I saw he had stakes potential.”

Time to Get Even was the result of a mating between two horses raced by Stephen and Tomisue Hilbert. Both his sire, Stephen Got Even, and his dam, Tomisue’s Pleasure, were purchased by Stephen Hilbert at the 1997 Keeneland July select yearling sale. Stephen Got Even was purchased for $325,000 while Tomisue’s Pleasure went for $500,000.

Time to Get Even is Tomisue’s Pleasure’s third foal to win and the first to earn black-type. Time to Get Even has two unraced full siblings, a 2-year-old filly and colt who was foaled April 13. The unnamed filly is with trainer Neil Howard and will race for the Hilberts and John Menard. Tomisue’s Pleasure is in foal to Langfuhr.

Stephen Got Even has sired 10 stakes winners, including other 2007 added-money winners Slew o’ Platinum, Buddy Got Even, Joe Got Even, Evening Escort, and Even Stephen. The grade I-winning son of A.P. Indy stands at Will Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky. His 2007 fee is $20,000.—J.S.F.