2009 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip made his first start since the Pacific Classic last August and his long awaited return did not disappoint. The son of Jump Start sat off lone pacesetter Tres Barrachos for the first six furlongs before powering past at the top of the lane to post a convincing 3 1/2 length win in the Grade 2 Mervyn Leroy H. Darley Stable's Sangaree rallied to second followed by late running Cigar Man.
Rail Trip was knocked out of contention for the Breeders Cup Classic last year by a leg injury that has sidelined him since his third place finish in the Pacific Classic. Although he had been out more than eight months, his form certianly did not dwindle. Rail Trip will most likely be pointed toward a repeat in the Hollywood Gold Cup and will be heavily favored to do so with the Queen Of The West Zenyatta opting for an easier spot.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano and trained by Ron Ellis, Rail Trip demolished the field despite spotting between 4-8lbs to each of his competitors. However, the weight was not enough of an advantage for Rail Trip's challengers to even come close to threatening for win honors. Rail Trip's win was his 7th in 10 starts and his earnings have now neared the $900,000 mark.
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