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06-28-2010, 11:41 PM
June 28th 2010

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Turning Top's win in Saturday's $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park produced milestones for the 4-year-old filly, her 26-year-old trainer Simon Callaghan, and her 37-year-old jockey Brice Blanc.

Turning Top won her first graded stakes in the Grade 3 Beverly Hills. It was the first win at the graded level in the United States for Callaghan, who relocated from England to California last winter, and for Blanc, the Beverly Hills was his first graded stakes win in more than two years.

Turning Top ($10.40) ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:01.69, catching pacesetter Princess Taylor in the final furlong to win by a length and record her fourth consecutive win. Restless Soul, who was fourth early, closed some ground in the stretch to finish third in the field of eight fillies and mares. General Consensus, the 4-5 favorite, finished fifth after racing in seventh for the first six furlongs.

Princess Taylor, a 6-year-old British-bred mare, set a slow pace of 25.55 and 49.83 seconds, which helped her to finish second and earn her first graded stakes placing in the United States. She placed in three stakes in England earlier in her career.

Blanc had Turning Top in second on the backstretch, moved closer to Princess Taylor on the turn but did not ask the winner for a full effort until the stretch.

"I think he was content to keep her in behind on the turn because it was her first time at the distance," Callaghan said.

Owned by Michael Tabor, Turning Top, an Irish-bred by Pivotal, has won 6 of 15 starts and $176,943. Her current winning streak began with a win in an optional claimer at Santa Anita in April and has included three wins at this meeting. Prior to the Beverly Hills she won an allowance race in May and the restricted Redondo Beach Stakes on June 5.

Callaghan, who trains eight horses at Santa Anita, said Turning Top will be pointed for the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes, a Grade 1 for fillies and mares over 1 /-8 miles on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 15.