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Book Review wins A Gleam Handicap to earn BC berth

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - Book Review rallied to win the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap by 2 1/2 lengths, off a five-month layoff, and earn a berth in the Breeders' Cup for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Making her first start on a synthetic surface, Book Review ran 7 furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:22.75 under Rafael Bejarano. She paid $8.20, $3.40 and $2.20 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Book Review earned a berth in the BC Filly & Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in November.

One race later, 6-5 favorite Emollient held off the late charge of Emotional Kitten to win the $350,000 American Oaks by a half-length. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith won for the second straight year.

In the A Gleam, Teddy's Promise, the 6-5 favorite carrying high weight of 122 pounds, returned $2.60 and $2.10, while Byrama was another head back in third and paid $2.20 to show.

Three horses were scratched, leaving five fillies and mares to contest the Grade 2 race.

Book Review went three horses wide under Bejarano's left-handed whip to take the lead with a sixteenth of a mile left.

``She likes to make one big run, so I just put her where she would feel comfortable,'' he said. ``By the three-eighths pole I decided to move in closer and start to make my move. I knew she would come running at the end.''

Baffert wasn't on hand, leaving assistant Mike Marlow to saddle Book Review.

``That was her first start on synthetic and that might have been her best footing,'' Marlow said. ``I think she really liked it. I'd guess there would be something for her at Del Mar.''

In the American Oaks, Emollient ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.38 in her debut on turf and paid $4.40, $4.20 and $4.20 for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

Emotional Kitten returned $8 and $5 in her graded stakes debut, while Topic paid $6.80 to show.

Sarach, who finished fourth, set an early, leisurely pace before Emollient and Smith gave chase on the backstretch, where Emollient came off the rail. On the second turn, she took a short lead near midstretch. Smith urged her on between horses with a left-handed whip as she drifted out before holding on.

``She broke so flat-footed I just put her right behind,'' Smith said. ``I could tell how slow they were going, so I went for it to get on the clear and make the pace move. Looking back at it now, I can say it was a great move.''

Emollient was coming off a sixth after stumbling at the start of the Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 17. The 3-year-old filly won the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland in April.

``She answered a couple of questions today,'' said Rodolphe Brisset, assistant to Mott. ``We didn't know about the grass and we didn't know about the mile and one-quarter. That was a very good race for her.''

In the $150,500 Hollywood Juvenile Championship, Alpine Luck won by a half-length.

Ridden by 50-year-old Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, Alpine Luck ran 6 furlongs in 1:11.44 and paid $11.60, $5.80 and $3.80 for trainer Mike Harrington.

It was Stevens' fifth career win in the Juvenile and his first since 1997.

Ontology emerged from a three-horse photo finish to take second and returned $4.60 and $2.80. Ontology also finished second to Alpine Luck in their racing debuts on June 22.

Willie B Awesome was another nose back in third and paid $2.40 to show.

A stewards' inquiry involving Willie B Awesome and fourth-place finisher Solid Wager resulted in no change to the order of finish.

In the $150,500 Landaluce Stakes, She's a Tiger held off a late charge by E Equalsmcsquared to win her stakes debut by three-quarters of a length under Frank Alvarado.

The 2-year-old filly ran 6 furlongs in 1:12.04 and paid $3.20, $2.60 and $2.10 as the wagering favorite for trainer Jeff Bonde.

E Equalsmcsquared returned $8.40 and $4.80, while Pleasant Miss was another length back in third and paid $2.80 to show.

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