Two New First-Crop 2YO Winners for ALTERNATION
Making the second career start after an on-the-board finish in her debut, TEAM HOLLYWOOD rallied through the stretch to win this 5 1/2-furlong Maiden Special Weight at Golden Gate in a dead heat. The first-crop 2-year-old filly by ALTERNATION raced just back of the pace early but began to close the gap around the turn. Straightening for home, TEAM HOLLYWOOD had to split horses in midstretch and continued her rally to catch the leader inside the sixteenth pole and battle to the wire on the all-weather surface. She became her sire’s 10th first-crop 2YO winner. Lifetime record: 2-1-0-0, $11,240. O-Nick Ferrara ad Michael Nentwig. B-Blandford Stud. T-Reina Gonzalez.
Three days earlier, AVILLES (pictured) set the pace and pulled away to win this one mile Maiden test on the dirt at Laurel by 8 1/2 lengths. Another 2-year-old filly by ALTERNATION broke from the inside post and took the lead shortly after the start. Leading the way, AVILLES was four lengths in front after six furlongs and continued to extend her lead through the stretch to the wire. She was coming off a runner-up effort where she finished less than a length back of the win. Lifetime record: 4-1-1-0. $20,130. O-Frank Sample. B-Haynes Stables, LLC. T-Gary Capuano.