Cal-bred Halo Dolly Wins Yellow Ribbon

DEL MAR, Calif. (Sept. 3, 2012) -- Four-year-old California-bred filly Halo Dolly, a confirmed front-runner until this summer at Del Mar, utilized her new come-from-behind style to maximum effectiveness Monday with a going-away victory in the featured Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap for older fillies and mares.

Rallying from mid-pack under the red-hot Joe Talamo, Halo Dolly charged into command in the stretch and went on to score by 1 ¼ lengths over City to City, the 2011 winner of the race under its former name,  the Palomar Handicap.

City to City, the 5-2 favorite under Mike Smith, nosed out longshot Vivo Per Lei for second, with fourth-place Go Forth North another head farther back.

Halo Dolly, a daughter of Popular bred by Rod and Lorraine Rodrigbues, owned by Hoefflin, Tahajian and Todaro and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, won the Solana Beach Handicap August 19, her second straight success in that race, also rallying from far back, as she did again Monday.

Halo Dolly provided Talamo with his eleventh stakes victory of the meeting, only one behind Rafael Bejarano who was sixth in theYellow Ribbon aboard well-supported Byrony. The record for most stakes wins in a Del Mar season is 12 shared by four riders, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Gary Stevens, Chris McCarron and Corey Nakatani.

Halo Dolly went to the gate at 5-1 and returned $13.60, $6.40 and $4.60 while earning $150,000 after her 13th win in 22 career starts. Her earnings now total $623,396. City to City, also trained by Hollendorfer, paid $4.20 and $3.20, while Vivo Per Lei returned $9.60 to show.

Final time for the mile and one-sixteenth over the infield grass course was 1:40.52.

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