INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 5, 2008) — A Lil Dumaani split horses in mid-stretch under jockey Michael Baze and went on to hold off Swift Demand by one-half length to win Wednesday’s $39,000 optional claiming feature at Hollywood Park.

A Lil Dumaani covered six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:08.03 while winning for the third time in seven starts. The gray/roan 3-year-old paid $8.40, $4.40 and $3.20. Swift Demand returned $4 and $3, while the show payoff on 2-1 favorite Spot the Diplomat was $2.60.

The victory — worth $23,400 — boosted A Lil Dumaani’s earnings to $60,880. The Doug O’Neill-trained gelding is owned by Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds, best known for its dramatic victory with homebred Sky Jack in the 2002 Hollywood Gold Cup.

While the result in the feature was not a major surprise, upsets by Scorpio Dog ($36.80) and Regae Revolution ($23.40) set the stage for a Pick Six carryover of $60,866 on Thursday at Hollywood Park.