Running for the first time in the West, Goodbye Halo won the $549,100 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies Saturday by 3 1/2 lengths, rewarding the faith of her owner.
Arthur B. Hancock III of Paris, Ky., had paid $30,000 to supplement his filly into the race, which paid $274,500 for the victory.
Ridden by Jorge Velasquez, Goodbye Halo took over the lead heading into the stretch and finished the mile race 3 1/2 lengths ahead in 1:36 1/5 over a muddy track.
Variety Baby, ridden by Aaron Gryder, rallied for second over the favorite, Jeanne Jones, who finished 2 1/2 lengths farther back in the field of seven, each carrying 120 pounds.
Goodbye Halo, winner of two races in New York, went off at 11-1 and returned $24.80, $10.60 and $3.40. Variety Baby paid $6 and $2.80, and Jeanne Jones, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, paid $2.10.
At San Mateo, Calif., Truce Maker ran to a 1 1/2-length victory over The Medic in the $109,000 San Francisco Handicap at Bay Meadows.
Zaizoom, the favorite, finished third in the field of seven racing 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Frank Olivares sent the winner to the front at the start, and he was never threatened.
Truce Maker paid $10.20 and was timed in 1:47 2/5.
At Takarazuka, Japan, Laffit Pincay, riding Shin Seikan, and Japanese jockey Hiroshi Kawachi, on Homan Marimo, were winners in invitational races at Hanshin Race Course.
Pincay won the 2,500-meter Golden Boots Trophy race, three lengths ahead of Fujino Setsuzan, ridden by Pat Day. Kawachi won the 1,200-meter Golden Spur Trophy race.