Sunday, July 12, 2009

Waxes of Evil: A polished filly dusts off quartet of colts in Hollywood Juvenile Championship

Joel Rosario was just along for the ride Sunday as Necessary Evil ran off and hid from four colts in the five-horse Hollywood Juvenile Championship-G3 at Hollywood Park.

"Boy is she fast," said Rosario, the meet's leading rider, who held on and enjoyed the trip as Necessary Evil blazed to fractions of 22.36 and 45.73 in building an easy lead over her four male competitors. "At the top of the stretch she changed leads perfectly. In fact, she does everything perfect."

Necessary Evil, who is now 2-for-2 under the handling of trainer Doug O'Neill, was sent off as the 6-5 favorite despite being in against males. She completed the six furlongs in a solid 1:09.98 to win by an easy three lengths.

The winner is the daughter of Harlan's Holiday out of the unplaced Unbridled's Song mare Song and Danz. Her dam is a half-sister to Calder stakes-winning Forestry gelding Forest Danz.

Her victory probably reinforces two points made recently by a regular reader of mine from Germany, who noted in the comments section of a recent post of mine that perhaps fillies should run against colts more frequently (as they do in Europe) and some of these U.S. graded stakes races are getting a little embarrassing due to short fields.

That isn't to say that Necessary Evil isn't a sharp 2-year-old who earned her win Saturday, only that it would be much better if she did it against six or eight colts and geldings, not just four.

And, yes, sometimes I do write blog posts in no small part because I came up with a headline that amuses me.

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