Whatsthescript and Warning Zone, one-two finishers in the Pinjara a month ago at Santa Anita, validated that effort while rallying to win $75,000 divisions of the Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 2-year-olds impressively on the Hollywood Park turf Friday.
"It's called position," Corey Nakatani said following Warning Zone's 2 ½-length victory in the first division. "The pace was slow and position means everything. He's a very nice horse, and John (trainer Sadler) was pointing him for this race. He's improving all the time, and there's no doubt he's a very nice horse."
Rising Sun Racing Stable's Warning Zone, a Virginia-bred son of Chester House--Migrate (by Storm Bird), covered one mile in 1:36.59 while paying $6.60, $3.40, and $2.60. Unusual Suspect, with David Cohen riding, returned $5.40 and $4, while the show payoff on Man to Man and Aaron Gryder was $5. Private Wind reached the wire in third, but was disqualified for interference in the stretch and placed seventh.
Deadshot Keen was moved up to fourth, followed by Optari, Quietly Mine, Man to Man, and Varsity Blues.
The victory, worth $45,000, boosted Warning Zone's earnings to $100,100. Warning Zone, bred by Eward P. Evans, was a $60,000 Keeneland yearling purchase in September 2005.
Tommy Town Thoroughbreds' Whatsthescript cruised to a half-length victory for jockey Isaias Enriquez under a long hold late in the second division, getting the mile in 1:36.04. The Irish-bred colt by Royal Applause--Grizel (by Lion Cavern) paid $4.20, $3.20, and $2.40 while remaining unbeaten in two U.S. starts for trainer Manuel Marques. His third win in five races overall raised Whatsthescript's earnings to $103,041.
"He was dragging me all the way around," said Enriquez, who had not ridden a graded stakes winner at Hollywood previously. "He's the best horse I've ever ridden on the grass. I give all the credit to this horse. It's like riding a Ferrari."
Vauquelin finished second under Victor Espinoza, paying $4.60 and $3.40. Sevengoldnmissiles, third with Edgar Prado up, paid $4.40.
Vaunt, Roman Commander, C'Mon Buddy, and Holdin Foldin followed.
Edwardian, trained by Sadler, broke down after reaching the front nearing the far turn and was euthanized. Jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. was shaken up but otherwise not injured.
Valdivia returned to ride Getback Time a race later in the $100,000 Cat's Cradle and appeared to be a winner in mid-stretch, but was caught by Gomez aboard Gn. Group Meeting inside the sixteenth pole.