ARCADIA, Calif. (March 3, 2011) – Favored Dahoud, a lightly-raced 5-year-old gelding who was bred in New Zealand, gained his first United States victory on Thursday when defeating Alley Hondro by 1 ¼ lengths in Santa Anita’s $61,360 Paparazzi Purse over one mile on turf.

With Joel Rosario recording his third of four riding wins on the afternoon, Dahoud covered the distance in 1:35.25.

It was his third start in this country for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Dahoud’s first win since breaking his maiden eight races ago in New Zealand on Dec. 11, 2009.

Despite drawing the difficult outside post in a field of nine, Dahoud was well supported at 5-2 following a game second in an optional claimer at the same distance on Jan. 21.

Rosario was able to maneuver his mount over to the rail and into the lead before the runners had reached the first turn. “Then the other one (Alley Hondro) wanted to go on,” he said, “so I followed him.”

The others in the contest became of little consequence as Alley Hondro, with Martin Garcia aboard, took the field through fractions of 23.23, 47.26 and 1:11.28 with Dahoud in close pursuit.

The New Zealander took command in midstretch. Alley Hondro, a 13-1 shot, tried to resist before grudgingly giving way. He finished 1 ½ lengths ahead of third-place Rauschenberg.

The winner paid $7.20, $4 and $3. The mutuels on Alley Hondro were $11 and $5.60. Rauschenberg, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, paid $3.20 to show.

The victory was worth $33,600 to Mrs. S. K. Johnston Jr., who owns Dahoud. It increased the bay gelding’s career earnings to $51,014 from a record of 2-1-2 in 10 starts.

Racing continues on Friday at Santa Anita with an eight-race program that commences at 1 p.m.