Pohave ended an eight-race losing streak at Hollywood Park, winning his first graded stakes in the $150,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap (gr. III) Saturday.
Trainer Doug O'Neill saddled the first two finishers as Pohave, ridden by Jon Court, held off 5-2 favorite Marino Marini and Tyler Baze by about a length. The final time for the six-furlong feature was a blazing 1:08 on a lightening quick track surface.
Pohave, who broke from the rail, saved ground into the stretch as Summer Service and defending L.A. Times champion Hombre Rapido set swift fractions of :21 and :43 1/5. Pohave came off the rail to challenge Summer Service on his outside in the stretch as Hombre Rapido gave up the fight. Marino Marini, racing close to the leaders throughout while on the outside, joined the fray as the three grays battled it out down the stretch.
Summer Service, who was 3 1/2 lengths behind Marino Marini, edged Hasty Kris by ahead for the show spot after the first two pulled away in the final sixteenth of a mile.
Cayoke, Hombre Rapido, T S Eliot, Kewen and Seattle Shamus completed the order. Revello and Our Bobby V. scratched.
A son of Holy Bull
–Trail Robber (by Alydar), Pohave was coming off a third-place finish in the San Carlos Handicap (gr. II) March 7 in his graded stakes debut. This was his fourth win in 23 starts for owners Kagele Bros, Inc., Ty Leatherman and Mark A. Leib and pushed his career earnings to $275,100. He previously had four runner-up finishes in his eight previous starts at Hollywood Park.
H. E. Pabst and T. J. Pabst bred the winner in Kentucky.
Fifteen to one on the morning line, Pohave paid $10.60, $5 and $3.60. Marino Marini, now winless in five starts on dirt, returned $4 and $3.20. Summer Service's show was $4.60. The exacta was worth $31.