INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Jeranimo beat War Element by 234 lengths in the $250,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Saturday, in a victory overshadowed by injuries and the deaths of two horses.
Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Jeranimo covered 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:40.87 to pay $5.40, $3 and $2.80. War Element earned $3.80 and $3.20. and Calimonco returned $5.40 to show.
Bob Black Jack, making his second start after a 20-month layoff, weakened in the stretch, did not finish and had to be vanned off with a front left leg injury.
Earlier in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes won by Pacific Ocean, runner-up Irrefutable died immediately afterward.
In the fourth race, the 5-year-old favorite Waltzing With Blue was euthanized after injuring his left front leg.
Jockey Daniel Vergara was thrown to the turf when the horse was injured and was briefly hospitalized.