Monday, November 26 2012
$250,000 Hollywood Derby
JAVIER CASTELLANO, UNBRIDLED COMMAND, Winner: "I had a beautiful trip this time and everything worked out perfect. I saw the horses start backing out and I chose to go around and it worked out perfect. I knew the closers would show up down the lane, but I was able to get the jump on them. This was my first time on this horse. I watched his race replays and I was very impressed and really liked him."
$250,000 Matriarch Grade I
EDDIE CASTRO, BETTER LUCKY, Winner: "I had a good break, but I really got scared n when (Dayatthespa) had trouble near the fence, after that I had a good trip. My filly gave me a real nice kick and that was good enough to win today."
Sunday, November 25 2012
GARRETT GOMEZ, DEN’S LEGACY, Winner: I knew this horse would go through wherever I pointed him. He’s pretty handy that way. He was hitting the hole that wasn’t there yet. When the hole opened up, I told him, ‘Let’s go.’ I just didn’t want to go from zero to 100 as fast as I could. I kind of pushed the gas pedal down and he kicked on. I didn’t want to get into him any more than needed. I didn’t think (Rising Legend) could get to me.”
Saturday, November 24 2012
DATA LINK CAPS FOUR WIN DAY FOR GARRETT GOMEZ
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 23, 2012)—Data Link was successful in his Southern California debut, running past pacesetter Ultimate Eagle in the final eighth of a mile to win the $250,000 Citation Handicap on the first day of the Turf Festival Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey for owner-breeder Stuart S. Janney III, the 4-year-old War Front colt completed the 1 1/16 miles in the Grade II in 1:41.00 while prevailing by 2 ¼ lengths.
$250,000 Citation Handicap Grade II QUOTES
GARRETT GOMEZ, DATA LINK, Winner: "I warmed him up good and he warmed up well. He bounced away from there and put me in a good spot. From there I could decide whether to ease back or stay where I was. He always traveled beautiful for me. I felt we weren't going too fast. The only thinking I really had to do with him was from the five-eighths pole to the far turn. There were a couple of horses who were switching places (moving in and out) and I had to decide whether to stay inside or come around. I hit the front so soon, I didn't know what he was going to be like. I never gave him a chance to ease himself down. When I got into him, he really went."
Friday, November 23 2012
REALLY MR GREELY ($24.60) WIRES FIELD IN HOLLYWOOD PREVUE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 22, 2012)—Really Mr Greely, the longest price of the four 2-year-olds Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert started in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes, led throughout to win the Grade III Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, the Horse Greeley colt established command immediately, relaxed through a moderate 46.31 half mile and had enough left to hold off favored Super Ninety Nine by a half-length.
DAYATTHESPA TRIES TO STAY HOT IN MATRIARCH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 22, 2012)—Dayatthespa, who has won five in a row at three different tracks, will try to keep her streak alive in the $250,000 Matriarch Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The one mile event for older fillies and mares is part of a Grade I grass doubleheader on the final day of the Turf Festival.
$100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes
JULIEN LEPAROUX, REALLY MR GREELY, Winner: "He broke sharp. I wanted to be on the lead. He relaxed well and left me alone, which was beautiful, and when I asked him to go he answered nice. At the three-eighths pole, I felt they were coming at me, so I asked him to start going, and he never really stopped."
Thursday, November 22 2012
STABLE NOTES - November 21, 2012
TURF FESTIVAL DEVELOPMENTS
Horses have been filtering in all week for the three-day Hollywood Turf Festival, which gets under way Friday with the $65,000 Cool Air Stakes at 6 furlongs and the Grade II, $250,000 Citation Handicap at 1 1-16 miles. In the Citation, Mike Pender sends out the two morning line favorites—Jeranimo (5-2), the defending champion, and Ultimate Eagle (3-1), winner of the Grade I Hollywood Derby a year ago.
Monday, November 19 2012
EASY WIN FOR GOING FOR A SPIN IN CAT’S CRADLE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 18, 2012)—Going for a Spin, the 2-second choice, rallied in the center of Cushion Track to defeat Cayanna and five other California bred females in the $78,200 Cat’s Cradle Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Owned by breeders Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old daughter of Ministers Wild Cat completed the 7 ½ furlongs in 1:31.62.
JERANIMO SEEKS CITATION HANDICAP REPEAT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 18, 2012)—Jeranimo will try to become the third repeat winner of the $250,000 Citation Handicap when the Grade II is run for the 35th time Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the grass, the Citation helps kick off the three-day Turf Festival. The Festival features five graded stakes, topped by a pair of $250,000 Grade I events Sunday – the Matriarch for older fillies and mares at one mile and the Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles.
BAFFERT SENDS OUT QUARTET IN HOLLYWOOD PREVUE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 18, 2012)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is likely to add to his record total of victories in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes when the Grade III is run for the 31st time Thursday.
Restricted to 2-year-olds and run at seven furlongs over Cushion Track, the Prevue is the first of nine races on the Thanksgiving program. Post time is 11 a.m. Track gates will open at 9:30 a.m.