(edited Hollywood Park report)
Favorite High Heel Sneakers, under Victor Espinoza, easily outran Brushed Gold through the stretch en route to a 2-3/4 length victory in Sunday's $65,000 Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old bay mare, meeting easier competition after a seventh-place finish in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon S. at Santa Anita, covered the one and one-half miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 2:28.58 while paying $5.60, $3.40 and $2.60. Brushed Gold, ridden by Garrett Gomez, paid $5.40 and $3.40, while the show payoff on Maryland shipper Caprice paid $2.60.
High Heel Sneakers, a Great Britain-bred owned by Christopher Wright and trained by Ben Cecil, won for the third time in 20 starts. The winner's share of $42,925 raised her earnings to $212,137. The win was her first in four U.S. starts.
With a Pick Six carryover of $112,486 entering Sunday, an additional $630,918 was wagered. The payoff to three perfect tickets was $154,253.20.