No Problem Holds Off Alright Alright To Take Bob Hope Stakes - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

No Problem Holds Off Alright Alright To Take Bob Hope Stakes

No Problem strides clear to win the Bob Hope Stakes.

No Problem and jockey Victor Espinoza stayed strong through the stretch to hold off even-money favorite Alright Alright and upset the Grade 3, $100,000 Bob Hope Stakes at 17-1 on Saturday.

Going off the second-longest shot on the board, No Problem sat close to the pace and pounced on the far turn, staying strong through the stretch to earn his first stakes victory in three lifetime starts. Michael McCarthy trains the 2-year-old colt.

Alright Alright took a wide route on the far turn and was a closing second; St. Joe Bay was third. Final time for seven furlongs on Del Mar's Polytrack surface was 1:23.48.

Owned by P & G Stables LLC and bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Marc C. Ferrell, No Problem was a $30,000 yearling at the OBS August Sale last year. He is by Ashford Stud's Munnings, who also sired second-place finisher Alright Alright, and out of the Orientate mare Brief Tears.

The Bob Hope Stakes was previously known as the Hollywood Prevue Stakes, run at the now-closed Hollywood Park.

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