Friday, June 19 2009
VETERAN DELTA STORM WINS KERLAN AFTER SIX-MONTH LAYOFF
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 18, 2009) — Second-choice Delta Storm, an 8-year-old coming back from a six-month layoff, scored a front-running victory under jockey Joel Rosario in Thursday’s $76,145 Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The win was sweet for trainer Mike Mitchell, a very good friend of the late surgeon who founded the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic.
It was also sweet for owner Michael House. Since being claimed for $40,000 at Churchill Downs in May of 2008, Delta Storm has won four of eight starts and $219,883. Overall, he has won 11 of 28 starts and $388,523.
SOREWITHCATER RETURNS TO HOLLYPARK IN BETTER COMPANY AFTER BEATING DERBY-WINNER-TO-BE TWICE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 18, 2009) — Scorewithcater, who beat eventual Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird by a neck in the Borderland Derby at Sunland Park in February, returns to Hollywood Park for Saturday’s $100,000 Affirmed Handicap.
Now flirting with Grade III company in the Affirmed, Scorewithcater ran in the claiming ranks here last fall, finishing second for a tag of $50,000 before being claimed for $40,000 by Robert Master from a winning effort.
Thursday, June 18 2009
LIFE IS SWEET WORKS, MIGHT RUN IN GOLD CUP
Owner-breeder Marty Wygod said Life Is Sweet may make her next start against males in the TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup after the multiple stakes-winning 4-year-old filly worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11 on Cushion Track at Hollywood Park Thursday.
“She worked great this morning,” said Wygod. “It’s between running her against Zenyatta next Saturday in the Vanity or in the Gold Cup two weeks later. I’ll play it by ear and see who is probably running in the Gold Cup.”
Monday, June 15 2009
O’NEILL CARRIES HOT STREAK INTO 3-YEAR-OLD STAKES
O’NEILL CARRIES HOT STREAK INTO 3-YEAR-OLD STAKES
Trainer Doug O’Neill reclined in a chair at his stable office desk at Hollywood Park Sunday morning wearing a baseball cap with the logo “Life Is Good” on the front.
Life was very good for O’Neill Saturday when Informed posted an upset victory in the $250,000, Grade II Californian, and he hopes it gets better in two 3-year-old stakes here next weekend.
COCO BELLE WINS DESERT STORMER AS CHAMP MISSES BOARD
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 14, 2009) — Coco Belle scored a front-running victory under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in Sunday’s $72,800 Desert Stormer Handicap at Hollywood Park as 1-5 favorite Indian Blessing finished out of the money.
Show payoffs dwarfed win and place payoffs with the upset and fourth-place finish of two-time champion Indian Blessing who was running for the first time since finishing second March 28 in the Dubai Golden Shaheen. Of the $522,293 in the show pool, $484,538 was bet on Indian Blessing.
Friday, June 12 2009
WELL DESERVED EARNS CINDERELLA VICTORY IN RECORD TIME
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 11, 2009) — Unbeaten filly Well Deserved turned back a determined bid by Repo through the stretch en route to a one-length victory under jockey Joel Rosario in Thursday’s $76,850 Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Well Deserved covered 5 ½ furlongs on Cushion Track in a stakes record 1:02.97 while winning for the second time. The daughter of Cactus Ridge pulled away from favorite Southern Fireball at the quarter pole and then held off her stablemate in the final furlong.
TWO-TIME CHAMPION INDIAN BLESSING RETURNS IN DESERT STORMER
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 12, 2009) — Two-time champion Indian Blessing will carry high weight of 124 pounds when she returns to the races in Sunday’s $70,000-added Desert Stormer Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Indian Blessing, never worse than second while winning nine of 13 starts, won Eclipse Awards as the nation’s outstanding 2-year-old filly in 2007 and as female sprinter in 2008.
SONG OF NAVARONE POISED FOR CALIFORNIAN UPSET
Trainer Henry Dominguez, who shipped Song of Navarone from Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico to Hollywood Park Sunday for the $250,000 Californian Saturday, cautioned not to take the 5-year-old horse too lightly.
“Horses from New Mexico are doing well all over the country so we thought we would give it a try,” said Dominguez in reference to Mine That Bird winning the Kentucky Derby after training and racing in New Mexico. “I don’t know if lightning strikes twice, but I thought we would try it.”
Thursday, June 11 2009
RAIL TRIP AIMS TO BOUNCE BACK IN SATURDAY’S CALIFORNIAN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 10, 2009) — Rail Trip, who suffered his first defeat when caught by Ball Four in the stretch of the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap, will try to avenge the loss in Saturday's $250,000 Californian at Hollywood Park.
The Californian, a Grade II event at 1 1/8 miles, is the final major prep for the $700,000 TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday, July 11. It drew a contentious field of 12, including defending Gold Cup champion Mast Track.
Wednesday, June 10 2009
THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY SCHEDULE AT HOLLYPARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 8, 2009) — The racing week at Hollywood Park will run Thursday through Sunday through the remainder of the 56-day meet. Post time is at 1 p.m. with the exception of a 7:05 p.m. start on Fridays.
A quartet of stakes races will be run this week, beginning with the Cinderella for 2-year-old fillies when racing resumes on Thursday. The $250,000 Californian will be run for the 56th time on Saturday along with the $100,000 Round Table Handicap. The racing week will conclude with the $70,000 Desert Stormer Handicap on Sunday.
Monday, June 08 2009
BAZE CONTROLS PACE, CONNECTS ON CARLSBAD IN HOLLYWOOD OAKS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 7, 2009) — Arizona-bred Carlsbad, who won her first five races by a combined 54 lengths, saw her lead dwindle in final furlong, but hung on under a well-timed ride by Tyler Baze to win Sunday’s $150,000 Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park.
Carlsbad, whose lone career loss came when she finished second last outing in the Railbird Stakes, made amends with a front-running victory as Baze was able to gear her down to fractions of :24.26 for the quarter and :47.86 for the half.
HOLLENDORFER, BEJARANO SEEK CALIFORNIAN REPEAT
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Rafael Bejarano, who teamed to score a 5 ¼-length victory with even-money favorite Heatseeker in The Californian last year, hope for a return trip to the winner’s circle with Dakota Phone in the $250,000, Grade II stake at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track at Hollywood Park Saturday.
Dakota Phone worked six furlongs in 1:15 under Bejarano Sunday in his final drill for The Californian, a major prep for the $700,000 TVG/Betfair Hollywood Gold Cup on July 11. Heatseeker was scratched as the morning-line favorite in the Gold Cup with an ankle injury and subsequently retired last year.