Friday, May 31 2013
BAFFERT LOOKS FOR FOURTH AFFIRMED VICTORY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 30, 2013)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will seek a record fourth win in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap when he sends out Den’s Legacy and Manando Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade III for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Affirmed is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Tuesday, May 28 2013
The Gamely Stakes
The Gamely Stakes
1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
GARY STEVENS, MARKETING MIX, Winner: "I was fortunate to work her three-quarters of a mile at Keeneland (April 18) and she was super strong. Both (Julien Leparoux) and I were both trying to make the winning move coming into the stretch. About the sixteenth pole we were getting them cranked up and his mare actually had a little better turn of foot than mine did, but we managed to get up in time. I thought I beat him, but he was so far out - when I stood up it looked like he might have been in front - Julien asked me, ‘What do you think’ and I said, ‘I have no idea.’ Two good performances by two very good mares.’’
Monday, May 27 2013
Great Lady M. Stakes Quotes
JOE TALAMO, SCHIAPARELLI, Winner: "I saw that other filly (Purim's Dancer) break in front but we really weren't going all that fast. I just let mine run her race. We were real fortunate to draw outside. We could just have easily laid second. I really think adding the (ear muffs) on her with the blinkers made a big difference. She's a different animal right now. She was just cruising with a real good rhythm. Down the lane I kind of stayed after her because I didn't want her to see anything like she did last time. She's definitely getting better with age and with every race she runs. The thing is to get her to relax because in the post parade she's pretty high strung. In the race she's totally different and very professional."
Sunday, May 26 2013
American Handicap Quotes
1 Mile (Turf)
JOE TALAMO, OBVIOUSLY, Winner: "He just did it so easy. Besides California Flag sprinting, I've never ridden a horse like this going long. He just lopes along like that. With him going (46.09 seconds for the first half mile) today, I almost made the sign of the cross. That's like 47 4/5 for any other horse. The main hope is to try to get him back to the Breeders' Cup. At the three-eighths pole I just kind of gave him his head and hopefully tried to steal the race from there. He's a jockey's dream. You just sit on him and he does the rest. He's just a tremendous horse."
Wednesday, May 22 2013
OBVIOUSLY STRETCHES OUT IN AMERICAN HANDICAP
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 22, 2013)—A double Grade II winner in 2012, Obviously will seek his first victory of 2013 in the $150,000 American Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade II for older horses at one mile on turf, the American Handicap is the third of nine races. Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. Gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Monday, April 29 2013
UNEVENTFUL TRIP FOR GOLDENCENTS, DERBY HOPEFUL JOGS AT CHURCHILL
Trainer Doug O’Neill, in quest of a second consecutive Kentucky Derby victory, reported that Santa Anita Derby winner Goldencents arrived in Louisville without incident.
Saturday, April 27 2013
$245,000 Melair Stakes
RAFAEL BEJARANO, DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, Winner: “I had a good trip. They went a little slow the first part and I was hoping they would pick it up down the backstretch. Nobody was really making a move by the half mile so I decided to make a little move to put some pressure on. I really thought (Sweet Marini) should have beaten me because she was going so slow. But my filly is a real professional. I’m just glad I moved when I did.’’
$300,000 Snow Chief Stakes
RAFAEL BEJARANO, SURFCUP, Winner: “He had never run on this track and I just tried to get him comfortable in the race. He was real relaxed in the beginning and when (Fighting Hussar) came running at the end, my horse gave me a big kick.
Thursday, April 25 2013
$73,600 Harry Henson Stakes Jockey Quotes
GARRETT GOMEZ, SUMMER EXCLUSIVE, Winner: "I had a dream trip, really. (Trainer) Pete (Miller) and I talked a little before the race and it ended up just like we thought. I ended up in an ideal spot. They weren't flying, but there were four of them across the track and it was just a matter of waiting to see who was going to be the first one to move forward and that I was going to follow. Finally, I decided to follow (Sacred Ovation) because it looked like he was traveling the best. I slid up inside, came around and I thought I could go and get him anytime I want. I had to work a little harder than I expected. You can throw his second race out (Santa Anita Derby) so today was kind of starting from scratch with him. Hopefully, this will build his confidence back up."
HALO DOLLY SEEKS FIRST WIN OF 2013 IN WILSHIRE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 25, 2013)—Halo Dolly, who won the Fran’s Valentine Stakes in 2012 in her only previous appearance over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course, will try for the 15th victory of her career in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap Sunday.
TIZ A MINISTER, OMEGA STAR HEADLINERS IN SNOW CHIEF;
TEDDY’S PROMISE SURFACES IN B. THOUGHTFUL STAKES;
LARGE FIELDS ABOUND IN 14TH CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 24, 2013)—After chasing Flashback and Goldencents in his final two starts of Santa Anita’s Winter/Spring meet, Tiz a Minister will drop in class for the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Monday, December 17 2012
$200,000 King Glorious Stakes 1st Running 7 Furlongs
JOSE VALDIVIA, JR. WEEWINNIN, Winner: “He’s been working like a good thing. I told (trainer) Brian (Koriner) he’s been working like a good horse and if you run him in a starter allowance, I think you’ll be giving away a good effort. He said ‘Come on, let’s take a shot.’ This colt is going to come back and show that he’s the real deal. I don’t think this race was a fluke.”