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Published on Jun 22, 2012
Boat Trip remained undefeated on turf, winning the $74,330 Tsunami Slew Stakes Friday night at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Trained by Mike Pender for owners James Hirschmann III and B.J. Wright, the 3-year-old Harlan's Holiday colt stretched out successfully after consecutive sprint victories March 24 at Santa Anita and over the local grass May 4.
Content to track the pace for most of the journey, Boat Trip, the 2-1 favorite, took the lead from 2-1 second choice Chips All In inside the final sixteenth and held off the late bid by Unusual Heatwave. The margin of victory was a half-length for the bay, who is out of the Seeking the Gold mare Turning Wheel.
Ridden by Jose Valdivia, Jr., Boat Trip completed the mile in 1:34.68. In his only previous try at the distance, the Kentucky bred was fourth against maidens on the Santa Anita main track last Dec. 30.
Winning for the third time in seven starts, Boat Trip increased his earnings to $119,130. He paid $6.40, $4 and $3.20.