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The Usual Q.T. Wins US Gr1 Hollywood Derby
In the US, ultra-consistent gelding The Usual Q.T. (Unusual Heat-Lunge, by Western Fame) notched his 5th successive win (since switching onto grass to break his maiden in August) with a 1.5-lengths victory in the US$300,000 Gr1 Hollywood Derby (10 furlongs on turf) for 3YOs at Hollywood Park in California. The Usual Q.T. (ridden by Victor Espinoza for trainer James Cassidy) defeated favoured UK-bred gelding Battle Of Hastings (Royal Applause-Subya, by Night Shift) & the colt Acclamation (Unusual Heat-Winning In Style, by Silveyville). California-bred The Usual Q.T. took his record to 5 wins (also including last start’s Gr2 Oak Tree Derby over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita on November 7 & October’s Listed California Cup Mile Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita) & 4 runners-up from 10 starts for US$456,670 earnings.