Saturday, June 06 2009
ESPINOZA IN CONTROL AS MIDSHIPS WINS THIRD STRAIGHT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 6, 2009) — Midships, ridden patiently by Victor Espinoza, won his third straight graded stakes race by repelling two challenges in the stretch in Saturday’s $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The victory gave Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel a record-tying seventh victory in the Grade I event, equaling the mark set by the legendary Whittingham between 1970 and 1987 when the 1 ¼-mile turf race was known as the Hollywood Turf Handicap.
Friday, June 05 2009
CLASSICAL SLEW REMAINS PERFECT WITH PROCTOR VICTORY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 4, 2009) — Favorite Classical Slew took over when pace-setting stablemate Track N Attack tired in the stretch, rallying under jockey Michael Baze to remain perfect in two starts with a one-length victory Thursday in the $85,670 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Classical Slew, owned by Joseph Lacombe and trained by Doug O’Neill, covered 5 ½ furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:03.69 while holding Grace Upon Grace at bay in the final sixteenth. Zip Quik finished third in the field of seven 2-year-olds, while second choice Track N Attack — also trained by O’Neill — faded to sixth. Coo Cachoo was a late scratch.
Hollywood Park Notes: Thursday, June 4, 2009
DRYSDALE, FRANKEL SEEK TO TIE WHITTINGHAM
Trainers Neil Drysdale and Bobby Frankel, who followed Charlie Whittingham into the Hall of Fame, seek to equal the record seven victories the late racing legend recorded in a race later named for him.
Drysdale will send out defending champion Artiste Royal and Frankel will saddle Midships in the $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, a Grade I test at 1 ¼ miles on the Hollywood Park turf Saturday.
TOUGH ASSIGNMENT AS MIDSHIPS AIMS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 4, 2009) — Midships will be aiming for his third straight victory and first Grade I victory in Saturday’s $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The 1 ¼-mile Whittingham anchors a ten-race program at Hollywood Park on Belmont Day which also includes the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap and the $70,000 Redondo Beach.
FIRST POST AT 12 NOON BELMONT DAY; GATES OPEN AT 8 A.M.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 2, 2009) — First post time at Hollywood Park will be moved ahead one hour to 12 noon on Saturday as the Belmont Stakes and the entire card from Belmont Park will be imported.
Track gates will open at 8 a.m. with the first import from Belmont Park scheduled for 8:35 a.m. The 141st running of the Belmont Stakes is scheduled for 3:27 p.m. (PDT).
Monday, June 01 2009
WELL MONIED COMPETES HAT-TRICK FOR ROSARIO IN HONEYMOON
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 31, 2009) — Favorite Well Monied, ridden patiently by Joel Rosario, moved into contention entering the far turn and rallied from third at the top of the stretch to win Sunday’s $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap by 1 ¼ lengths at Hollywood Park.
The victory completed a hat-trick for Rosario, who overtook Rafael Bejarano atop the jockeys’ standings with 39 wins through 27 racing days.
HP Stable Notes: Sunday, MAY 31, 2009
HOLLENDORFER SEEKS BELMONT-WHITTINGHAM SWEEP
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will carry California hopes in the Belmont Stakes when he saddles Chocolate Candy in the third leg of the Triple Crown in New York Saturday but the ubiquitous conditioner will also have a busy day at Hollywood Park.
Assistant Dan Ward, who oversees the Hollendorfer division here, will deputize for his boss and send out starters in three stakes, including Union Avenue in the featured $300,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap.
Sunday, May 31 2009
MAGICAL FANTASY CONNECTS UNDER SOLIS IN GAMELY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 30, 2009) — Magical Fantasy, overlooked at 6-1, rallied from fifth with a furlong to run to post her second straight graded victory under jockey Alex Solis in the $319,000 Gamely Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Magical Fantasy, who beat many of her Gamely rivals last month in the Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita Park, was given a perfect trip by Solis as she caught Visit and favorite Diamond Diva in the closing strides to win the Grade I event by a neck.
Saturday, May 30 2009
ZENSATIONAL TOO TOUGH TO CATCH IN STRETCH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 29, 2009) — Odds-on favorite Zensational took command on the turn for home and held off Candy Lion in the stretch to register a 1 1/4-length victory under Victor Espinoza in Friday's night's $49,000 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
The speedy 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song was timed in 1:14.42 for 6 ½ furlongs while winning for the second time in three 2009 starts.
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.