Sunday, December 16 2012
$750,000 CashCall Futurity QUOTES
JAVIER CASTELLANO, VIOLENCE, Winner: "I positioned myself in a very good spot around the first turn and I believe that was the key to winning this race. You don´t want to be too far back particularly in a race for 2-year-olds. I had a lot of confidence in this colt. He is so calm and handles himself very professionally. I think he is a special horse and I am really looking forward to big times."
$250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup - QUOTES
GARRETT GOMEZ, GRANDEUR, Winner: "I wasn´t happy with the horse I was following (Optimizer), I wanted to find my way around him and I thought about sliding my way through Slim Shadey but decided I didn´t like that option. As we approached the final turn I decided to take him outside of Optimizer and when I asked him he went on with it without a problem."
Friday, December 14 2012
STABLE NOTES - December 13, 2012
EBLOUISSANTE RETURNS IN FOURTH RACE SATURDAY
If the Grade I, $750,000 CashCall Futurity and the Grade II, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup are the main courses on Saturday’s Betfair Hollywood Park card, then the return of Zenyattta’s little sister, Eblouissante, in the fourth race – a $48,000 optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track - is a gourmet appetizer.
Friday, December 07 2012
STABLE NOTES - Thursday, December 6, 2012
A MOREY FAMILY TRADITION; NOTHING BUT BILLS
Trainers are used to getting bills, but the Morey family produces them almost as fast.
Bill Morey, Jr., 72, has been a fixture in Northern California for decades and also has had ample success in this section of the state. When his son, William E. Morey, 38, followed in his footsteps, many couldn’t figure out who was the father and who was the son.
Sunday, December 02 2012
Native Diver Stakes QUOTES
MIKE SMITH, GAME ON DUDE, Winner: “He had a little hiccup coming out of the gate. He was squatting a little. I have a couple of ideas maybe we’ll try (next time). The idea was just to stay out of his way. (Jockey) Martin (Pedroza) secured the lead (on Nonios) and if he wanted it going at a decent pace, I was going to let him have it. But he didn’t really go on and I was determined to stick him in there. I know this horse is brave, so I just put him where I thought I had to. He handled the track well. The key for me was to win, and if I could win without gutting him, it would be really good. I wanted to see if he’d fight, he acted like he would in the mornings, and he certainly did in the afternoon. He won pretty much within himself.”
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.