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Book Review wins A Gleam Handicap to earn BC berth

Saturday - 7/13/2013, 9:24pm  ET

In this image provided by Benoit Photo, Alpine Luck, right, with Gary Stevens aboard, overpowers Ontology, center, with Rafael Bejarano aboard, and Willie B Awesome, left, with Martin Pedroza aboard, to win the Grade III, $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship horse race on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Benoit Photo) © BENOIT PHOTO

BETH HARRIS
AP Racing Writer

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
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