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Railroad Rallies To Win Kerlan Memorial Under Baze

July 9, 2006
Hollywood Park

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Railroad rallied in the stretch under jockey Tyler Baze to win Sunday's $71,490 Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap by three-quarters of a length over Slew's Prince at Hollywood Park.

The 4-year-old gelding covered 5 furlongs in 1:01.94 under 114 pounds, paying $13.60, $6.20 and $2.10 as the third choice in the field of five. Slew's Prince paid $5.20 and $2.10, while the show payoff on favorite Taikun was $2.10. The victory was the first in a stakes race and the second for Railroad since he was claimed for $50,000 by Wind River Stables in October of 2005. It came in his first start since February.

"Coming off the layoff and all, I wasn't quite sure how he'd come back," trainer Brian Koriner said. "Before he got hurt, he ran second to Siren Lure twice, which keeps you optimistic that hopefully he's that good, and Siren Lure's that good. This horse came back and ran great today. I told Tyler to just lay behind the speed and it worked out well." Baze had not ridden Railroad previously, but he made no mistakes.

"Brian just told me that when you ask him, it isn't like a real big kick, it's just nice and steady, so don't wait around for anybody," Baze said. "I didn't want Taikun to get the jump on me, so at the five-sixteenths pole I went ahead and asked him and he just steadily mowed them down."

Railroad, who won for the eighth time in 20 starts, banked $40,320 to raise his earnings to $241,815.

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