Horse Racing

Skipshot Edges Sidney's Candy in Swaps; Sweet August Moon Takes A Gleam

Marc DocheCorrespondent IJuly 18, 2010

Closing weekend of the 2010 spring/summer meet at Hollywood Park featured a pair of Grade 2 races run over the main Cushion track on Saturday.

Click here to watch full coverage of both races

In the $200,000 Swaps Stakes for three-year-old colts run over a mile-and-an-eighth, Skipshot (pictured on left) was able to get up by a head in the final strides after pressing pace-setter and prohibitive 1-to-5 favorite Sidney’s Candy (pictured on right) throughout.

Although he appeared to have been turned away on numerous occasions, the 4-to-1 second choice in the compact field of four finally wore down his rival, capturing his first career stakes victory under the meet’s leading rider Joel Rosario.

Earlier in the day, the five-year-old mare Sweet August Moon posted a 13-to-1 surprise in the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap, getting a perfect rail skimming ride from Victor Espinoza to win for the first time away from Santa Anita Park.

In her two previous starts at the meet, the Brian Koriner-trained daughter of Malibu Moon broke from the inside post, so drawing the outside post No. 6 today and switching to Espinoza for the first time proved to be two key changes in turning her fortunes around.

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