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Favored Esentepe Cruises In Cushion Track Debut

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Published on May 10, 2013

Esentepe was successful in her Cushion Track debut, easily defeating Plaza de Indias and three other mares in the $57,000 feature Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Ridden for the first time by jockey Rafael Bejarano, the 2-5 favorite took command from the outset and wasn't seriously menaced as she won for the first time in her fourth start in the United States.

Trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer for owner William Deburgh, Esentepe, a 4-year-old daughter of Oratorio prevailed by 3 ΒΌ lengths while covering the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.74.

Out of the Octagonal mare Mythie, Esentepe earned her third win in 20 starts and increased her earnings to $149,984.

This was the second synthetic track start for Esentepe, who had finished third, second and fourth -- on turf -- in her first three outings for Hollendorfer. The bay, who was bred in Ireland by Peter Kelly and Ms. Wendy Daly, was third over the Polytrack at Kempton in Great Britain April 7, 2012.

Favored for the third time in this country, Esentepe returned $2.80, $2.60 and $2.10.

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