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Smiling Tiger Wins US Gr1 Triple Bend Handicap
Swettenham Stud shuttler & former Gr1-winning juvenile Hold That Tiger (Storm Cat-Beware Of The Cat, by Caveat) added a US Gr1 triumph when 4YO entire Smiling Tiger (Hold That Tiger-Shandra Smiles, by Cahill Road) scored a 3.25-lengths victory in the US$250,000 Gr1 Triple Bend Handicap (7 furlongs) at Hollywood Park. Smiling Tiger (ridden by Joel Rosario for trainer Jeff Bonde) defeated 4YO gelding Camp Victory (Forest Camp-Victory Trick, by Clever Trick) & 5YO gelding Amazombie (Northern Afleet-Wilshe Amaze, by In Excess). Ultra-consistent Smiling Tiger (a US$40,000 yearling at the 2008 Washington September Sale) now has 8 wins (also including April’s Gr3 Count Fleet Handicap over 6 furlongs at Oaklawn Park & February's Gr2 San Carlos Handicap over 7 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2010's Gr1 Ancient Title Stakes over 6 furlongs at Hollywood Park, Gr1 Bing Crosby Stakes over 6 furlongs at Del Mar & Gr3 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes over 7 furlongs at Hollywood Park, as well as 2009's Listed Lost In The Fog Stakes over 5 furlongs at Golden Gate Fields) & 7 placings (including January's Gr2 Palos Verdes Handicap over 6 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2010's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Sprint over 6 furlongs at Churchill Downs, Gr1 Malibu Stakes over 7 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr1 Pat O'Brien Stakes over 7 furlongs at Del Mar & Listed Harry Henson Stakes over 6 furlongs at Hollywood Park, as well as 2009's Gr1 Del Mar Futurity over 7 furlongs & Gr2 Best Pal Stakes over 6.5 furlongs at Del Mar) from 16 starts for US$1,149,353 earnings.