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The 30th Running of the Bayakoa Handicap (GII) - $150,000 Guaranteed

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Uploaded on Dec 4, 2011

Ellafitz was ready to roll after a three month layoff, easily taking the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap Sunday at Hollywood Park.

Able to make the lead immediately without pressure, the 4-year-old Tiznow filly out of the Dixieland Band mare Skat Girl kicked away in the final furlong to win by 3 ¼ lengths.

The win in the Grade II was the first in a stakes of any kind for Ellafitz, who is owned by D&E Racing and trained by Bob Baffert. Martin Garcia rode the 9-2 shot, who completed the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track in 1:42.69.

Miss Mittagong, a 10-1 outsider making her graded debut for trainer Ben Cecil, gained second, three-quarters of a length in front of 7-2 second choice Bauble Queen.
Seeking to improve to 2-for-2 over the Hollywood Park main track, Bauble Queen was ridden by Martin Pedroza, who replaced Rafael Bejarano.

Tied for second with Garcia in the jockey standings at the Autumm meet, Bejarano was taken to nearby Centinela Hospital Medical Center for precautionary x-rays on his right foot. Bejarano took off his final three mounts. He reported discomfort after being involved in an incident in the fifth race where he lost his irons while aboard Uzziah, who finished last in the one mile turf event.

Ellafitz's victory was her fourth in 12 starts and increased her earnings to $230,857. She paid $11.80, $6.60 and $5. Miss Mittagong returned $8.80 and $4.80. Bauble Queen's show price was $3.20.

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