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McCarron Misses Run at History

April 28, 2002|BOB MIESZERSKI | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Jockey Chris McCarron was unable to make history with an unprecedented victory Saturday in the $106,100 Hawthorne Handicap at Hollywood Park.

McCarron's inability to become the first rider in the history of the track to win the same race six years in a row was through no fault of his own.

Ask Me No Secrets, his mount in the Grade III and the 8-5 favorite on Russ Hudak's morning line, was scratched, leaving McCarron unable to continue a streak that began with Twice The Vice's victory in the 1997 Hawthorne.

In a race reduced to only five starters after the scratch of Stormy Society, Queen Of Wilshire--the fastest horse remaining--easily gained command early, then held off 7-5 favorite Alexine to win by a nose in 1:43 for the 1 1/16 miles.

Queen Of Wilshire, owned by Ernest Auerbach's E A Ranches and trained by Darrell Vienna, was the 2-1 third choice with jockey Patrick Valenzuela. It was the sixth win in 17 starts for the 6-year-old Major Impact mare.

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Vienna's other stakes score came about three hours earlier when Suances, making only his second start since the spring of 2000, led every step of the way under jockey David Flores and won the $216,250 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile at Bay Meadows.

Suances, owned by Red Baron's Barn, was the longest shot in the four-horse field at 7-2. He slowed the early pace and had more than enough late to win by a length in 1:35 over the turf. A winner of five of seven racing in France and Spain, the 5-year-old Most Welcome horse had been out for 21 months because of injury when he returned in the Explosive Bid Handicap at the Fair Grounds last month and finished 10th.

Decarchy, the even-money favorite, was second, then came The Tin Man and Sarafan.

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Unrullah Bull, a 6-1 shot, won the $300,000 Texas Mile on Saturday at Lone Star Park.

The 5-year-old Conquistador Cielo horse, ridden by Tony Lovato, completed the distance in 1:37 3/5. Reba's Gold, the 3-2 second choice, was second and 6-5 favorite Hal's Hope was fourth.

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