ALTERNATION Gets 17th First-Crop Winner and a Repeat Winner
SHARON’S THUNDER gave ALTERNATION his 17th first-crop winner, and 10th of 2018, after she split horses turning for home and won this 5 1/2-furlong Maiden test at Laurel by 1 1/4 lengths. Having placed in seven of her previous nine starts, SHARON’S THUNDER moved up along the rail on the turn, quickly pulled away by mid-stretch and held her 11 rivals at bay to get the victory. Lifetime record: 10-1-4-3, $30,135. O-Jose M. Gallegos. B-Equus Farm. T-W. Thomas McMahon.
The day before, TEAM HOLLYWOOD made it back-to-back wins after rallying in the stretch to win a six-furlong Allowance at Golden Gate by a length. The 3-year-old filly raced just a length off the lead early, had to swing four wide into the lane, drove to the lead in upper stretch and stayed in front to the wire. TEAM HOLLYOOOD was coming off a Maiden Special Weight win here in December in only her second career start, after an on-the-board debut effort. Lifetime record: 3-2-0-0, $21,440. O-Michael Nentwig and Nick Ferrara. B-Blandford Stud. T-William Morey.