Friday, May 29 2009
HP STABLE NOTES Thursday, MAY 28, 2009
LEMON CHIFFON POISED FOR GAMELY UPSET
Lemon Chiffon, a lightly-raced 6-year-old mare, hopes to spring an upset in the $250,000-added Gamely Stakes, a Grade I test for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.
“We’ve had this race in the back of our minds for a couple of weeks,” said trainer Sean McCarthy Thursday from his Santa Anita training base after supplementing Lemon Chiffon to the Gamely for $5,000.
BLACK MAMBA ATTEMPTS TO TURN TABLES ON MAGICAL FANTASY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 25, 2009) — New Zealand-bred Black Mamba, beaten a nose by Magical Fantasy last month in the Santa Barbara Handicap, will try to turn the tables in a tough field of 11 fillies and mares in Saturday’s $250,000 Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park.
The Grade I Gamely will be run at nine furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course — one furlong less than the Santa Barbara.
Monday, May 25 2009
CLEMENT TO SHIP RUTHERIENNE FOR GAMELY
Rutherienne, third-place finisher in the Gamely Stakes last year, will be shipped west from New York to California Tuesday for another shot at the $250,000-added race at Hollywood Park on Saturday.
Trainer Christophe Clement announced the decision from Belmont Park Sunday after nominating both Rutherienne and Carribean Sunset to the Grade I test for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Saturday, May 23 2009
VENTURA TACKLES MALES IN MONDAY’S 66TH SHOEMAKER MILE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 23, 2009) — Classy mare Ventura, beaten a nose when testing males two starts back in the Kilroe Mile, will attempt to become just the third female to win the Shoemaker Mile on Memorial Day at Hollywood Park.
Only Happy Issue in 1946 and Special Touch in 1951 managed to beat the boys in the prestigious Shoemaker — the track’s oldest race. Run as the Premiere Handicap through 1989, it was the feature on opening day of Hollywood Park’s inaugural meeting on June 10, 1938.
CHEROKEE HEAVEN RALLIES UNDER BLANC IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 22, 2009) – Cherokee Heaven rallied from sixth at the top of the stretch under jockey Brice Blanc to score a two- length victory over Topper Shopper in Friday night's $56,320 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
The Marty Jones-trained 5-year-old horse covered six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:07.94 while making his first start in 11 months. Topper Shopper, who dueled on the front-end with Wine On the Porch most of the way, hung on gamely for second, while the latter finished in a dead heat for third with Noblety in the field of eight.
Friday, May 22 2009
HOLLYWOOD PARK DARK THREE DAYS FOLLOWING MEMORIAL DAY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 22, 2009) — Hollywood Park will be dark Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday following Monday’s special Memorial Day program. Live racing will resume Friday, May 29, with a 7:05 p.m. post time.
There will be no simulcast wagering on the dark days.
BAMAHA BREEZE RECORDS SIXTH CAREER WIN IN 2009 DEBUT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 21, 2009) — Longshot Bamaha Breeze caught pacesetter Sea of Pleasure nearing the sixteenth pole and held off Euroglide by a neck to score an upset victory in Thursday’s $72,300 El Segundo Stakes under jockey Martin Garcia at Hollywood Park.
Bamaha Breeze, a winner of his first five starts before suffering defeats in his final two races a year ago, was overlooked at 12-1 while making his 2009 debut after a layoff of almost six months.
BACKBACKBACKGONE WILL TRY TO STRETCH SPEED IN BARRERA
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 21, 2009) — Backbackbackgone will try to stretch his speed an extra furlong as he aims for his second straight victory in Sunday’s $100,000 Lazaro S. Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.
The speedy son of Put It Back will shift back to Cushion Track from turf, where he drew off to win the six-furlong Harry Henson Stakes here in April.
HP STABLE NOTES Thursday, May 21, 2009
THORN SONG TO SHIP FOR SHOEMAKER MILE
Thorn Song, one of the leading turf milers in the nation, will be shipped from Kentucky to California Friday for the $250,000-added Grade I Shoemaker Mile on the Hollywood Park turf Monday.
“It just kind of came up,” said trainer Dale Romans from Churchill Downs on Thursday. “Mr. Zayat (owner Ahmed Zayat) was looking over all the races he might run in and saw this as an opportunity for another Grade I. It looks like a tough group but a small field.
Thursday, May 21 2009
CHAMPION ZENYATTA RETURNS SATURDAY IN MILADY HANDICAP AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 20, 2009) — Zenyatta, perfect in nine career starts, will carry high weight of 126 pounds when she makes her 2009 debut in Saturday’s $150,000 Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The daughter of Street Cry capped a seven-win 2008 campaign with 1 ½-length victory over Cocoa Beach in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic, clinching an Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding older female.
Monday, May 18 2009
COCO BELLE PREVAILS UNDER SMITH IN FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 7, 2009) — Coco Belle seized the lead from the start and led all the way under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to snap a six-race losing streak in Thursday’s $60,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
The chestnut mare covered 6 ½ furlongs in 1:15.33 while hanging on in the stretch for a one-length victory over She’s Cheeky. Ashley’s Kitty finished third in the field of six fillies and mares, followed by even-money favorite Foxy Danseur.
KIZZY’S CHAOS CLEAR CUT WINNER UNDER GARCIA IN GALLANT MAN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 17, 2009) — Martin Garcia followed trainer Vladimir Cerin’s instructions to perfection and Kizzy’s Chaos responded with an impressive front-running victory in Sunday’s second running of the $100,000 Gallant Man Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Kizzy’s Chaos gained command shortly after the start of the mile and five-eighths race, easily turned back a challenge from Isipingo nearing the far turn, and drew off in the stretch while winning at the seldom-run distance in Cushion Track record time of 2:43.48 under 112 pounds.