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Texas Ryano wins $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar

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DEL MAR, Calif. — Texas Ryano won the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup by 3 1/4 lengths Friday at Del Mar.

Ridden by Joe Talamo, Texas Ryano ran 1 1/2 miles in 2:27.92 and paid $6.60, $3.20 and $2.10 as the 2-1 second choice in the wagering.

Ashleyluvssugar returned $2.40 and $2.10 as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade 2 race. Flamboyant was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.60 to show.

The victory, worth $120,000, increased Texas Ryano’s career earnings to $438,355, with five wins in 18 starts.

Trained by Carla Gaines, Texas Ryano overhauled Ashleyluvssugar at the top of the stretch after trailing his rival in three straight stakes races earlier this year.

“I was sitting there loaded and I was smiling. Couldn’t have had a better trip,” Talamo said. “The only thing that concerned me was the fact that we were going slow and I didn’t want the favorite (Ashleyluvssugar) to slip away in the lane. So I was up closer and it worked out just right. He ran big.”

Irap wins Indiana Derby; AJ Foyt’s horse finishes 2nd

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SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Irap won the $500,000 Indiana Derby by five lengths over Colonelsdarkemper, owned by four-time Indianapolis 500 winner A.J. Foyt.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Irap ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.21 on Saturday night at Indiana Grand. He paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.60 in the Grade 3 race for 3-year-olds. Irap is trained by Southern California-based Doug O’Neill.

Colonelsdarktemper returned $9.60 and $5.80, while Untrapped was another length back in third and paid $2.80 to show.

Foyt is in Toronto for this weekend’s IndyCar race, so he sent grandson A.J. Foyt IV to the track outside Indianapolis.

“He’s always shown a lot of heart and he showed it tonight,” the younger Foyt said about the colt. “He ran a great race.”

The younger Foyt works in the Indianapolis Colts’ front office. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, where his father Tony trained horses.

“Horse racing holds a special place in my heart, and I’m glad my grandfather still has it going on,” A.J. IV said.

Smith aboard Songbird cruises to victory in Delaware Handicap

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STANTON, Del. — Songbird turned back a determined challenge from Martini Glass through the stretch to win the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap by a length Saturday.

The 1-9 favorite covered 10 furlongs in 2:03.96 to earn her 13th win in 14 career races and raise her career earnings past $4.5 million.

With regular rider Mike Smith aboard, Songbird went right to the front at start of 1 1/4-mile fixture and set moderate fractions but never was able to shake Martini Glass and jockey Jose Ferrer.

After Martini Glass ranged to the outside, Smith was forced to go a stiff left-hand stick through the final furlong.

Line of Best Fit finished third, two lengths behind Martini Glass.

Songbird owner Rick Porter, who’s battling cancer, was among those in attendance at Delaware Park.

Songbird paid $2.10 across the board.