INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Clubhouse Ride won the $150,500 Californian by 2 1/4 lengths on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, ending a streak of five straight runner-up finishes.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Clubhouse Ride ran 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track in 1:51.02 and paid $8, $3.40 and $2.80 as the 3-1 second choice in the field of seven. It was Gomez’s first win in the Grade 2 race since 2001.
Liaison, trained by Bob Baffert, returned $2.80 and $2.20 as the even-money favorite. Oilisblackgold was another 2 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $5.40 to show at 19-1 odds.
Clubhouse Ride gave trainer Craig Lewis his first stakes win at Betfair Hollywood Park since Valentine Dancer won the 2005 Fran’s Valentine Stakes. He previously won The Californian in 1988.
Clubhouse Ride has four wins in 28 career starts and earnings of $959,620. He won for the first time since a turf race at Santa Anita last Oct. 25.
He lost by a half-length to Game On Dude in the Charles Town Classic on April 20, one of three losses to Game On Dude in two different states.
“He’s been running against a real quality horse, so it’s nice to get a win with him,” Gomez said. “This might even help his confidence level a bit and make him a better horse.”
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