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HORSE RACING

American Act wins Harry Henson Stakes at Hollywood Park

American Act rallies from last in a field of six under jockey Rafael Bejarano.

April 26, 2012|By Eric Sondheimer
  • Jockey Eswan Flores rides Capture The Call to victory during the first race at Betfair Hollywood Park on Thursday.
Jockey Eswan Flores rides Capture The Call to victory during the first race… (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times )

The Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting began Thursday with a dramatic finish in the featured $72,350 Harry Henson Stakes for 3-year-olds going six furlongs.

American Act, under jockey Rafael Bejarano, rallied from last in a field of six and, after badly drifting to the outside entering the stretch, came on to win by a nose over Senor Rain in a race switched to the cushion track from the turf because of rain.

"He never showed signs of doing anything like that before," trainer Jack Carava said.

Bejarano and jockey Agapito Delgadillo each had two victories on the opening card.

Day 2 at Hollywood Park on Friday night will mark the 2012 debut for Acclamation, who won the Eclipse Award for champion older male horse of 2011. The 6-year-old is set to run in the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap at 11/8 miles on the turf. It's the third race on the card and post time is 8:05 p.m.

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