Doinghardtimeagain a clear winner

Rafael Bejarano rides Doinghardtimeagain to victory in the Evening Jewel Stakes.
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ARCADIA, Calif. (AP)

Doinghardtimeagain beat Hail Mary by 3-1/2 lengths to win the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes for 3-year-old California-bred fillies at Santa Anita on Saturday.

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Ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano, Doinghardtimeagain ran 6-1/2 furlongs in 1 minute, 16 second and returned $9.20 as the 7-2 second choice in the 11-horse field.

Cloudy Moon, a 30-1 shot, was another four lengths back in third. Sweet Marini, the 3-5 favorite, broke sluggishly and was never a factor. She finished seventh, beaten nearly 20 lengths.

''She had a lot of kickback (dirt in her face), and she just didn't fire,'' jockey Joe Talamo said.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Doinghardtimeagain has three wins in seven starts. She earned $110,000, increasing her career total to $346,270.

''She ran like we expected,'' said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer. ''She was training well and got a super trip. He's (Bejarano) the best rider. He knew he had it. He's 17 for 28 on our horses. I just told him she has enough speed to be up close and that she likes to fight. She's a hard trier.''

In the $200,000 Echo Eddie Stakes for California-bred 3-year-olds, 9-5 favorite Omega Star held off 23-1 shot Fighting Hussar to win by a nose.

Ridden by Talamo, Omega Star ran 6-1/2 furlongs in 1:17.19 and paid $5.60.

''That was a perfect trip,'' Talamo said. ''I had a lot of horse under me the whole way, tracked right outside, and he did the rest.''

Omega Star was coming off a seventh-place finish in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes on March 9.

Runner-up Fighting Hussar was 1-1/2 lenghts ahead of the third-place finisher, 100-1 shot Lovemeister.

The victory, worth $110,000, increased Omega Star's career earnings to $213,250, with two wins in five starts.

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