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.
HP Stable Notes: Sunday, May 17, 2009
VENTURA TO TACKLE MALES IN SHOEMAKER MILE
Nine days after Rachel Alexandra became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness Stakes, Ventura seeks to become the first female in 58 years to win the $250,000-added Shoemaker Mile on the Hollywood Park turf May 25. The Shoemaker will be the first Grade 1 stake of the meet.
While Rachel Alexandra made her first start against males in the Preakness, Ventura has had plenty of experience running with the boys. The 5-year-old mare has started four times against the other gender with two firsts and two seconds.
Sunday, May 17 2009
RED ARROW STRIKES UNDER TALAMO IN LOS ANGELES ’CAP
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 16, 2009) — Australian-bred Red Arrow gained the lead shortly after the break, opened a two-length advantage on the turn for home and held off a late charge by Paul’s Hope in the stretch to score an upset victory under jockey Joe Talamo in Saturday’s $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The 6-year-old prevailed by three-quarters of a length while covering six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:08.92 to register his first stakes win in the Grade III event.
Friday, May 15 2009
CHRB APPROVES FOUR-DAY RACE WEEK AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 15, 2009) — Hollywood Park has been granted approval by the California Horse Racing Board to adopt a four-day racing week through Sunday, June 14.
As a result, the following changes have been made to the schedule:
There will be simulcast wagering only on Wednesday, May 20; Thursday, May 28; Wednesday, June 3, and Wednesday, June 10. Wednesday, May 27 was originally a dark day and remains a dark day.