Friday, November 23 2012
$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.
Cat’s Cradle Handicap
RAFAEL BEJARANO, GOING FOR A SPIN, Winner: “When I saw a lot of speed in the race, I just tried to place her in a spot where she would be comfortable. I expected her to come running at the end, and she did. It helps when all the horses start bunching up on the turn.”
DAN WARD (Assistant trainer Jerry Hollendorfer), GOING FOR A SPIN, Winner: “Jerry’s not here today because he has a bunch of horses running up north (Golden Gate Fields). We lost her and claimed her back (for $40,000) because she does everything; turf, main, short, long. I think this may be her best distance and the track was playing for her today. The (On Trust Handicap Saturday) was the same type of race. I think she’s getting better all the time.”
STABLE NOTES - November 18, 2012
EBLOUISSANTE FINE, COULD START AGAIN THIS MEETING
Trainer John Shirreffs reported Sunday that Zenyatta’s half-sister, Eblouissante, emerged from her impressive debut win “fine,” and that the striking black filly could return toward the end of the Autumn meet, which concludes Dec. 16.
Sunday, November 18 2012
KILLER BEAR RALLIES FOR $32.20 SURPRISE IN ON TRUST
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 17, 2012)—A re-claim earlier this year by trainer Jeff Mullins, Killer Bear rallied from far off the pace to upset 7-5 favorite Macho Dorado and six other California breds in the $78,200 On Trust Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Dismissed as the second longest shot in the field at 15-1, Killer Bear gained the lead inside the final sixteenth of a mile to win by a half-length. The final time for the 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track was 1:29.94.
On Trust Handicap - Quotes
TYLER BAZE, KILLER BEAR, Winner: "They were going fast and that helped him. This is kind of a funny horse. He was crazy last week when I worked him. He wouldn't work, then he was running down the road all through the backstretch. You just have to let him do it when he wants to do it. Right when we hit the turn, he started moving by himself and I just went with him. He's a nice horse. He has talent, he just has to keep it together. It's nice to see what he can do. I can't wait to ride him back."
JEFF MULLINS, KILLER BEAR, Winner: "We've always liked this horse and the owners wanted to take him back (August 4). They all had fun with him opening day (July 18) at Del Mar. They were ahead money wise, so they decided to go back in for him. If you look back on his past performances, seven-eighths of a mile is his best lick. It was definitely a step up, but he drew nice and the race set up for him."
Saturday, November 17 2012
ZENYATTA’S LITTLE SIS PUTS ON A SHOW IN DEBUT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 16, 2012)—Nearly five years to the day after Zenyatta’s smashing debut, Eblouissante, her half-sister, was an impressive winner in her initial start Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Although the distances were different, the manner in which the victory was accomplished was similar for the siblings, both out of the prolific broodmare Vertigineux..
LARGE NUMBER OF NOMINEES FOR TURF FESTIVAL RACES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 16, 2012)—A total of 98 horses were nominated to the $250,000 Hollywood Derby and $250,000 Matriarch, the two most significant races of the upcoming Turf Festival at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The first two Grade I’s of the Autumn meet, the Hollywood Derby and Matriarch will wrap the Festival Sunday November, 25.
Friday, November 16 2012
QARAABA IMPRESSES IN U.S. DEBUT FOR CALLAGHAN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 15, 2012)—Favored Qaraaba was a last-to-first winner in her United States debut in the $52,700 feature Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Content to trail after a sluggish start under jockey Julien Leparoux, the 5-year-old daughter of Shamardal out of the Unfuwain mare Mokaraba swung to the outside early in the stretch and easily swept past her six rivals nearing the wire.