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We looked down the whole vista, and saw it closed by iron gates, and it could not have been more than a furlong in length.
I walked about a furlong from the shore, to see if I could find any fresh water to drink, which I did, to my great joy; and having drank, and put a little tobacco into my mouth to prevent hunger, I went to the tree, and getting up into it, endeavoured to place myself so that if I should sleep I might not fall.
Three-year-old Hosco, who laid down a 21-second-flat first quarter- mile on the way to a front-running victory in Santa Anita's San Miguel Stakes at 6 furlongs, may need all of his speed if jockey Tyler Baze tries to control what looks like a sharp pace in the Henson at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf.
Duke Of Venice improved dramatically last time out when stepped up to a mile after a promising debut run over Haydock's six furlongs.
In contrast, the 8-1 outsider of the five runners Abunawwas, who had led over a furlong out in the Irish 2000 Guineas last month at the Curragh, found the drop back to seven furlongs with a cut in the ground to his liking as he sprinted clear in the hands of Declan McDonogh for the in- form stable of Kevin Prendergast.
The Luca Cumani-trained colt was always handy and, after being let loose two furlongs out, had gone clear before Ten-Cents came from an uncompromising position in the final two furlongs to reduce the winning margin to a length and a half.
The choice seems to have made sense because the El Encino was a Grade II 1 1/16-mile race with a purse of $150,000, and the Santa Monica at 7 furlongs is rated Grade I with $250,000 up for grabs.
The former will be stepping up in trip, having won the Northern Rock Gosforth Park Cup over just five furlongs at Newcastle recently.
Backing those drawn low in races between five and seven furlongs will certainly get you plenty of winners, but the bookmakers, being all too aware of the bias, shorten up horses allocated starting berths in close proximity to the rail.
The fact she followed her hesitation by working 6 furlongs in a fast 1:10 1/5 added to confusion about her well-being.
Julie Camacho's gelding scored twice - including a seller - over an extended seven furlongs on the Westwood last season and judged on his reappearance last month he has returned as good as ever.
An all-the-way winner of a minor event at Warwick on his reappearance 12 days earlier, the 2004 Doncaster Champagne Stakes victor pulled his way to the front under Richard Hills after two furlongs this time.
With Got Koko not in the lineup Saturday, Spring Meadow took advantage of a perfect ride by jockey Corey Nakatani to win the $135,500 Las Flores Handicap by a diminishing neck over the fast closing Brisquette in 1:10 1/5 for the 6 furlongs.
Last off will be the Warwick Spring Handicap Stakes over a mile and two furlongs at 4.
Taken to the front after two furlongs by Darryll Holland, the six-year-old travelled well thereafter and had only to be kept up to his work to score by a length and a half from Obe Bold.