Monday, November 12 2012
KUBINOVA WINS IN BHP DEBUT FOR MOSSES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 11, 2012)—Jockey Eliska Kubinova was a smash in her Betfair Hollywood Park debut, winning with her first mount for some renowned connections Sunday.
Kubinova, who set an Emerald Downs record for wins (76) by an apprentice earlier this year, directed Valeria to a come-from-behind victory for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs – of Zenyatta fame - in the $20,000 maiden claiming affair.
Quotes: Sharp Cat Stakes
JULIEN LEPAROUX, MIDNIGHT BALLET, Winner: “I think the two-turn distance helped her. She’s a big filly and she breaks OK, but she’s not real fast. The six furlong (allowance) race (Oct. 4 at Santa Anita) was just too fast for her. I decided to put her on the rail, save ground and follow the favorite (Scarlet Strike). I got her out at the quarter pole and she made a nice run.”
MIDNIGHT BALLET SCORES 10-1 SURPRISE IN SHARP CAT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 11, 2012)—Making her first start beyond six furlongs, Midnight Ballet scored a 10-1 upset in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Providing jockey Julien Leparoux with his first stakes win at the Autumn meet in three years, the daughter of Midnight Lute rallied to defeat Renee’s Titan, 4-5 favorite Scarlet Strike and four other 2-year-old fillies.
STABLE NOTES - NOVEMBER 11, 2012
NORTHWEST SENSATION MAKES
BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK DEBUT
Eliska (pronounced el-ish-ka) Kubinova, a riding sensation this year at Emerald Downs and Portland Meadows, makes her Betfair Hollywood Park debut Sunday. And what a way to begin. She’ll be in the Zenyatta colors aboard Valeria in the ninth race for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs.
Sunday, November 11 2012
CARVING WINS REAL QUIET FOR BAFFERT, BODE MILLER
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 10, 2012)—Carving made it back-to-back wins for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes with a hard fought victory Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Baffert, who won the Real Quiet a year ago with eventual CashCall Futurity winner Liaison, is the first conditioner to win the event twice. Baffert trained Real Quiet, whose victories included the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and 1999 Hollywood Gold Cup.
Saturday, November 10 2012
HOME JOURNEY DOMINATES, STAYS PERFECT FOR PUYPE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 9, 2012)—A first out winner last month at Santa Anita, Home Journey was even more impressive in the $49,400 feature for California breds Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Facing eight other 2-year-old fillies, the daughter of Good Journey broke on top, relaxed nicely under jockey Aaron Gryder, then kicked away at the top of the stretch to prevail by 8 ¼ lengths.
Friday, November 09 2012
FAVORED KETTLE CORN WINS OPENING DAY FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 8, 2012)—Favored Kettle Corn earned his first victory of 2012 Thursday, outfinishing Akkadian to win the $57,008 opening day feature of Betfair Hollywood Park’s Autumn meet.
Exiting a fourth place finish in the Grade II Arroyo Seco Mile last month at Santa Anita, the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride saved ground while reserved off the moderate pace set by Oligarch, angled out for room in midstretch and prevailed by a neck as the even-money favorite.
SCARLET STRIKE FACES SIX IN SHARP CAT STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 8, 2012)—Second behind Executiveprivilege in the Grade I Chandelier Stakes Sept. 29 at Santa Anita, Scarlet Strike will have six opponents in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to 2-year-old fillies and run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Sharp Cat is a prep for the Grade I, $500,000 guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, which will be run Dec. 8. The Sharp Cat is the eighth of nine races Sunday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m.
The local jockey colony will have a new look this meeting, with a mixture of familiar faces infused with established talent arriving from other circuits.
Thursday, November 08 2012
BAFFERT SEEKS SECOND REAL QUIET WIN WITH CARVING
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 7, 2012)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will seek his second consecutive win in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes when he saddles Carving Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Real Quiet is a prep for the $750,000 guaranteed, Grade I CashCall Futurity, which will be run Saturday, Dec. 15. Named in honor of the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and 1999 Hollywood Gold Cup champion, the Real Quiet is the third of nine races Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, November 06 2012
AUTUMN STAKES SUPPLEMENT NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 5, 2012)—The stakes supplement for the 2012 Autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park is now available online.
Wednesday, October 31 2012
FORMER BHP MARKETING EXEC CHRISTIAN DIES AT 42
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 30, 2012)—Claudene Christian, a former marketing executive at Betfair Hollywood Park, died Monday after the sinking of the HMS Tall Ship Bounty – as a result of Hurricane Sandy – off the coast of North Carolina.
A former Miss Teen Alaska, a graduate of USC and a song girl for the school, Christian, 42, was found unresponsive by the United States Coast Guard and was later pronounced dead at a North Carolina hospital.