Monday, May 18 2009
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.
FOX NEWSCAST MISLEADS VIEWERS ON STATUS OF HOLLYWOOD PARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 15, 2009) — A Fox National News report originating Friday morning from Hollywood Park gave many viewers the completely false impression that Hollywood Park had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Hollywood Park has not and will not be filing for bankruptcy protection. While the reporter was commenting on the difficult times racetracks throughout the country are facing in the tough economy, a scroll ran on the bottom of the picture stating the “largest track” had filed Chapter 11.
LADY LUMBERJACK FLEXES MUSCLES IN THE STRETCH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 14, 2009) — Lady Lumberjack overtook pacesetter Pinkerbelle at the sixteenth pole and drew off to score a three-length victory in the $48,000 feature as jockey Rafael Bejarano capped a three-win afternoon Thursday at Hollywood Park.
Lady Lumberjack, a 3-year-old daughter of Forestry owned by Roger Licht and David Milch, covered 6 ½ furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:15.59 while registering her second win in six starts.
SIREN LURE HAS SIGHTS SET ON SECOND L.A. ‘CAP WIN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 14, 2009) — Siren Lure has a chance to join exclusive company with a victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park.
He would join Native Diver and Kona Gold as the only 8-year-olds to win the six-furlong sprint and match The Diver as a two-time winner.
Thursday, May 14 2009
MARK S THE COOLER COMPLETES HAT-TRICK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 13, 2009) — Mark S the Cooler closed from fourth in the final furlong under jockey Rafael Bejarano to win Wednesday’s $50,000 allowance feature by a nose, completing a hat-trick for trainer Doug O’Neill at Hollywood Park.
Bejarano moved Mark S the Cooler from the rail to the middle of the course turning for home and he caught pacesetter Santamonicacanyon at the wire while covering one mile on turf in 1:35.60.
HP Stable Notes: May 13th 2009
BAFFERT GUNS FOR BI-COASTAL STAKES DOUBLE
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be in the national spotlight with Pioneerof the Nile in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Saturday but he will also send out Guns On the Table in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park the same afternoon.
The Grade III test at six furlongs on Cushion Track highlights a program that begins at 11 a.m. in conjunction with a Preakness Day simulcast from Baltimore.
Monday, May 11 2009
WITTY PREVAILS IN BATTLE OF UNBEATEN FILLIES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 10, 2009) — Witty hooked fellow unbeaten filly Carlsbad at the top of the stretch and pulled away in the final sixteenth to win Sunday’s $100,000 Railbird Stakes at Hollywood Park by 1 ½ lengths under jockey Victor Espinoza.
The victory kept Witty’s record perfect in three starts and provided Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella a record fourth victory in the Grade III event for 3-year-old fillies.
Stable Notes: May 5 2009
MITCHELL SEEKS WEEKEND STAKES SWEEP
There was something old and something new in the Mike Mitchell barn in quest of a stakes sweep at Hollywood Park next weekend.
Something new is Dehere Again, a 4-year-old Australian import scheduled to make his United States debut in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap, a Grade III test at six furlongs on Cushion Track Saturday.
Sunday, May 10 2009
BALL FOUR TURNS BACK RAIL TRIP IN STRETCH TO WIN MERVYN LEROY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 9, 2009) — Unbeaten Rail Trip seemed poised to extend his winning streak to six when he pulled alongside gritty veteran Ball Four at the quarter pole, but the pacesetter left the favorite in his wake in the stretch to post a 16-1 upset under jockey Joe Talamo in Saturday’s $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Ball Four, winner of the Fayette at Keeneland and third here in the Native Diver Handicap last fall, bounced back from a ninth-place finish in the San Pasqual in January, leading every step of the way while covering 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.58 to win the 30th running of the Grade II event.
Friday, May 08 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.