Sanford Robertson's Blazonry took advantage of a hotly contested pace with a six-wide move from near the rear of the pack to win the $150,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old sprinters at Hollywood Park Monday.
The son of Hennessy, last in the nine-horse field down the backstretch under jockey Mike Smith, got home in the seven-furlong Barrera in 1:22 while finishing 2 1/2 lengths clear of another closer, 18-1 shot Fly to the Wire. Jimmy O, 37-1, was third, three lengths behind the winner.
The bay colt was making his second start in the United States for trainer Kathy Walsh since beginning his career in Great Britain last summer.
Our Bobby V. was quickest into stride with Tyler Baze riding and opened the first quarter mile in a swift :21 3/5 while tugging along with favored King Robyn, who wrestled the lead away by the half-mile point, which went in :44 with several others racing close to the front. King Robyn, with Alex Solis aboard, continued on the lead into the stretch as Our Bobby V. gave up the chase, going six furlongs in 1:09. But King Robyn, winner of four of his last five races, had little left for the drive and faded to fifth.
Blazonry, however, had tiring horses in front of him and took advantage, making the wide move to settle into the stretch just off the leader. He drifted in a little late, but held a big edge and finished under steady urging. Fly to the Wire made steady ground at the rail until swinging out between horses in mid-stretch to get second. Jimmy O had stalked the early pace under Matt Garcia and had enough left to hold off Truckle Feature by a length for third.
Blazonry, a $100,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase by his breeder, had earned just $15,454 coming into the race, which was worth $90,000 to the winning connections. Coming off a close third in an first-level allowance race at Santa Anita on April 2, his career line now reads 7-2-1-1.
The winner, at 9-2, paid $11.40, $6.80 and $5.20. Fly to the Wire returned $15 and $8.40. Jimmy O showed for $10.80. The $2 exacta was $126.80.