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Hollywood Derby (GI) - November 29, 2009

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Uploaded on Nov 29, 2009

California-bred The Usual Q.T., given a perfect stalking trip by Victor Espinoza, took command early in the stretch and went on to score his fifth consecutive victory in Sundays 68th running of the $300,000 Hollywood Derby at Hollywood Park.

The Usual Q.T., giving an on-track crowd of 9,814 an encore less than an hour after super mare Zenyatta was given a send-off by Hollywood Park and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, became the first Cal-bred to win the Grade I event since Slew The Dragon in 1985.

The bay gelding, by popular California sire Unusual Heat, covered 1 ¼ miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in a snappy 1:59.69 while traveling the distance for the first time in his career. The third choice, he was not seriously challenged while holding off 5-2 favorite Battle of Hastings by 1 ½ lengths. Acclamation, a 75-1 shot, was another half-length back in third, a nose in front of Al Khali.

Rescue Squad finished fifth in the field of 12, followed by Meteore, second choice Take the Points, Black Bear Island, Straight Story, Sal the Barber, Sir Al and Blazing Spirit.

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