Sunday, June 28 2009
MOVE OVER BO, ZENYATTA NOW A PERFECT 11
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 27, 2009) — One fan held a sign which said it all Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Park:
“Bo Derek a Perfect 10, Zenyatta a Perfect 11.”
Zenyatta, the champion distaffer with a perfect 10-for-10 record, notched career victory No. 11 as she came from off the pace to score a 2 ½-length victory while being geared down in the closing yards by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in the $300,000 Vanity Handicap.
Saturday, June 27 2009
CARMEL COFFEE SCORE FRONT-RUNNING WIN UNDER NAKATANI
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 26, 2009) — Louisiana-bred Carmel Coffee went to the lead from the start with favorite Schill hot on her heels, opened up with ease at the top of the stretch and cruised to a 2 1/2-length victory under jockey Corey Nakatani in the $52,000 allowance/optioner claiming feature Friday night at Hollywood Park.
Carmel Coffee, owned by Shimamura Racing and trained by Paul Aguirre, won for the third time in ten starts while covering six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:09.17.
Friday, June 26 2009
NEW ZEALAND-BRED BLACK MAMBA RE-UNITED WITH GOMEZ
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 26, 2009) — New Zealand-bred Black Mamba will carry high weight of 120 pounds as she attempts to defend her title in Sunday’s 44th running of the $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Black Mamba, a 6-year-old mare who races for Doubledown Stable, won the 2008 Beverly Hills and John C. Mabee Handicap at Del Mar when partnered for the first time with jockey Garrett Gomez. They will be re-united Sunday as Black Mamba seeks her first 2009 victory in her third start of the year.
YANKEE STATION PREVAILS UNDER FLORES IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 25, 2009) — Lightly-raced Yankee Station rallied from third at the top of the stretch under jockey David Flores to win Thursday’s $50,000 allowance feature by two lengths over favorite Speight the Halo at Hollywood Park.
Yankee Station, owned by Pam and Martin Wygod, covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.01 to win for the second time in five starts.
The 4-year-old colt, trained by John Shirreffs, paid $23.40, $8.60 and $5.60. Speight the Halo returned $3.60 and $3, while the show payoff on J P Jammer was $4.
STABLE NOTES Thursday, June 25, 2009
ZENYATTA GALLOPS FOR VANITY DEFENSE
“She’s ready to run,” said trainer John Shirreffs from his stable office in Barn 55 South Thursday after unbeaten champion Zenyatta galloped on the main track in preparation for the $300,000 Vanity Handicap Saturday.
The 5-year-old mare will gallop again Friday morning before accepting a career-high weight assignment of 129 pounds in defending her title in the Grade I Vanity for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track.
Thursday, June 25 2009
ZENYATTA AIMS FOR 11TH STRAIGHT VICTORY UNDER 129 POUNDS IN VANITY HANDICAP
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 24, 2009) — Unbeaten champion Zenyatta will spot seven rivals from 13 to18 pounds under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as she carries high weight of 129 pounds in quest of her 11th victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Zenyatta, winner of the Grade I event last year when she won an Eclispe Award as the nation’s outstanding older female, will attempt to become the fifth repeat winner of the 1 1/8-mile Vanity. The latest was two-time champion Azeri in 2002-03. Zenyatta would be joining an exceptional honor roll which also includes Annie-Lu-San (1957-58), Convenience (1972-73) and It’s In The Air (1979-80).
Monday, June 22 2009
OIL MAN RALLIES UNDER ROSARIO TO WIN CINEMA HANDICAP
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 21, 2009) — Irish-bred Oil Man rallied from fifth in the final furlong under jockey Joel Rosario to score a one-length victory over pacesetter Arcodoro in Sunday’s $100,000 Cinema Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Oil Man, the 2-1 second choice in the field of six 3-year-olds, covered 1 1/8 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:48.72 while winning his second straight race and third in ten starts.
FOURTEEN INVITED TO EIGHTH RUNNING OF AMERICAN OAKS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 21, 2009) — Five fillies with graded stakes wins on turf and a pair from renowned European trainer Dermot Weld are among 14 invitees to the $700,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park.
The Grade I event — at 1 ¼ miles on the Lakeside Turf Course — will be run for the eighth time on Sunday, July 5.
Sunday, June 21 2009
ZENYATTA ASSIGNED 129 POUNDS FOR VANITY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 21, 2009) — Unbeaten Zenyatta — champion older female in 2008 — has been assigned high weight of 129 pounds for Saturday’s $300,000 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Zenyatta, a winner of ten races and $2,234,580 for Jerry and Ann Moss, carried high weight of 126 pounds in winning the Milady Handicap here in May while making her first start of 2009.
Saturday, June 20 2009
PORTO MARMAY GETS NOD IN GREAT LADY M.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 19, 2009) — Porto Marmay got up in the final stride under jockey David Flores to win the $71,300 Great Lady M. in a three-horse photo finish Friday night at Hollywood Park.
Favorite Reba Is Tops appeared to be on her way to victory when she put away second choice Queen Ofthe Catsle early in the stretch, but she was unable to hold off late bids by Porto Marmay and Royal Taat in the final sixteenth.
Friday, June 19 2009
UNBEATEN ELUSIVE BLUFF AIMS FOR THIRD WIN IN SUNDAY’S CINEMA
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 19, 2009) — Unbeaten Elusive Bluff will try to overcome an eight-month layoff under high weight of 118 pounds as he seeks his third victory Sunday in the $100,000 Cinema Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Elusive Bluff, sidelined by a minor injury prior to last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, broke his maiden at one mile on turf before winning the Grade III Pilgrim on a yielding turf course at Belmont Park in October.
$522,957 PICK SIX CARRYOVER FRIDAY NIGHT AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 18, 2009) — A two-day Pick Six carryover of $522,957 will be on the line Friday night at Hollywood Park with the possibility a million-dollar-plus payoff .
The Pick Six carried for the second straight day as most players were eliminated with victories by Tidal Dance ($38.20) and Adam Suances ($36.80) in the first two legs. The lone perfect ticket remaining was eliminated when Don’t Forget Muq finished 3rd in the final race.