Journalism has write stuff in Calif.

April 26, 1993|By Los Angeles Times

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Trainer Wally Dollase's affinity for a mare he bred has proved to be a bonanza for owner Richard Stephen.

Since Dollase purchased Journalism from Buddy Johnston for Stephen earlier this year, the 5-year-old gelding is perfect in three starts, including his biggest victory, in the $108,800 Shoemaker Handicap at Hollywood Park yesterday.

The second-longest shot in the field at 15-1, Journalism pressed the pace early under Alex Solis, took over after six furlongs and had enough left to beat Lomitas by three-quarters of a length.

Winning for the fourth time in seven starts on turf, the California-bred paid $33 and the final time of 1:32 4/5 equaled the course record.

"I had followed this horse's career because of the mare [Knowledgeable Lady]," Dollase said. "I bred her and her sire, Tree Of Knowledge, won the [1974] Hollywood Gold Cup. The mare never got a chance to show what she could do, but she was an absolute runner. She was a bad bleeder. Eric Longden trained her and she was 3-5 first time out because she had worked like Ruffian. She bled first time out and after that, she was a different horse.

"[Journalism had run well] early in his career, but he'd tailed off and I was able to buy him, freshen him and now we have a race horse.

"I won't tell you what we paid for him, but it's an embarrassingly low figure [a reported $35,000]. Buddy Johnston is a good friend, and I thought he'd sell me a nice horse."

Dollase never dreamed he'd turn into a Grade II stakes winner after beating California-breds in his first two starts for his new owner.

"We had nowhere else to go with him, so we ran him here," Dollase said. "I thought he'd run decently and a mile is his best distance and the 113 pounds surely helped him."

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