Sunday, December 21 2008
HP Notes: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008
PANZA CITES FUTURITY AS HIGH POINT OF AUTUMN MEET
Martin Panza, vice president of racing at Hollywood Park, pointed to the $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Saturday as the highlight of a 40-day Autumn Meet, which concludes today.
“I thought the CashCall Futurity was the best race of the meet,” Panza said Sunday of the Grade I test in which favored Pioneerof the Nile edged I Want Revenge by a nose in 1:41.95 for 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track. Chocolate Candy finished third in a field of 11.
Saturday, December 20 2008
MILLIONAIRE VACARE HOPES TO ADD TO IMPRESSIVE CREDENTIALS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 19, 2008) — Vacare, a winner of seven of 13 starts and $1.1 million, will try to rebound from a fifth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf under high weight of 122 pounds in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap, closing day feature Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old daughter of Lear Fan won the Palomar Handicap at Del Mar three starts back while traveling the Dahlia distance of 1 1/16 miles on turf and was second two starts back in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes.
Hollwood Park Stable Notes: Friday, Dec. 19, 2008
"O’NEILL SAVORS TRAINING CROWN
Trainer Doug O’Neill is following an unusual pattern in clinching his fourth title with record numbers at the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet, which concludes Sunday.
O’Neill has won the title during even years — previously in 2002, 2004 and 2006 —while adding three titles during the longer Spring/Summer Meet during odd years — 2003, 2005 and 2007, the latter a tie.
BAFFERT GETS RECORD-TYING FOURTH CASHCALL FUTURITY VICTORY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 20, 2008) — Pioneerof the Nile had trainer Bob Baffert thinking Kentucky Derby after he scored a thrilling victory over I Want Revenge in Saturday’s $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.
Baffert, who has saddled three Derby winners, equaled the record of four Futurity victories set by D. Wayne Lukas as Pioneerof the Nile fought off gritty 6-1 shot I Want Revenge in deep stretch to win the 28th running of the Grade I event by a nose under jockey Garrett Gomez.
Friday, December 19 2008
VICTORY PETE CRUISES UNDER SMITH IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2008) — Victory Pete took command from the start and cruised to a 5 1/2-length victory over Lake Meza under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith in Thursday’s $39,400 allowance feature at Hollywood Park.
A change in surface didn’t adversely affect the 7-5 favorite as he covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.82 to win for the second time in eight starts. The 3-year-old son of Five Star Day was making his second start following an eight-month layoff.
BAFFERT HOLDS A PAIR AS HE AIMS FOR RECORD-TYING FOURTH WIN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2008) — Bob Baffert will aim for a record-tying fourth CashCall Futurity victory when he saddles Pioneerof the Nile and Ventana in the 28th running of the $750,000 event Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Baffert’s most recent winner — Point Given in 2000 — was more accomplished entering the Grade I event, but his first — Real Quiet in 1997 — was less heralded. Both went on to win two legs of the Triple Crown, Point Given the Preakness and Belmont and Real Quiet the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Real Quiet came within a nose of sweeping the Triple Crown.
Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Thursday, December 18, 2008
BEJARANO SEEKS TO ADD FUTURITY JEWEL TO MEET CROWN
Agent Joe Ferrer saluted jockey Rafael Bejarano for clinching the Autumn Meet title at Hollywood Park — completing a rare sweep of all five major stops on the Southern California circuit in 2008 — but admitted that something was missing.
“In a way, it’s been a very uneventful meet,” said Ferrer Thursday. “Rafael has won a lot of races, but not any major ones.”
Thursday, December 18 2008
HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008
AXEL FOLEY POISED FOR UPSET IN $750,000 FUTURITY
Martin Smith, assistant and exercise rider for English trainer John Best, hopes the stable enjoys as much success in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity Saturday at Hollywood Park with Axel Foley as it did with Square Eddie in the Breeders Futurity at Keeneland in October.
Axel Foley looms as the mystery horse in the Grade I Futurity at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track. He galloped on the main track for the second straight morning Wednesday after clearing quarantine here Monday following a 12-hour flight from Luxemburg to LAX Friday.
Monday, December 15 2008
STAR NICHOLAS RIGHT AT HOME AT HOLLYWOOD PARK
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2008) — Star Nicholas, a two-time winner here in the summer, rallied from fourth in the final quarter under jockey Michael Baze to win Sunday’s $77,275 On Trust Handicap by a half-length over Partywithlarryz.
Star Nicholas, trained by Peter Eurton, bore in through the stretch, but survived a stewards’ inquiry to earn his third win in five starts at Hollywood Park.
Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008
BAFFERT DUO DRILLS FOR $750,000 CASHCALL FUTURITY
Trainer Bob Baffert, fresh off a two-three finish in the Hollywood Starlet on Saturday, will try again with two entrants in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity here next Saturday.
Baffert gave the green light to Pioneerof the Nile and Ventana after the pair worked Sunday at Santa Anita.
Sunday, December 14 2008
LARAGH IN COMMAND UNDER PRADO IN HOLLYWOOD STARLET
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 13, 2008) — Laragh, third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf in her previous start, shifted to Cushion Track and was in complete control as she scored a front-running victory under jockey Edgar Prado in Saturday’s $438,500 Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park.
Laragh broke on top under Prado, was briefly challenged when a trio led by Pamona Ball challenged her heading into the backstretch, but quickly re-established her position. She cruised down the backstretch, opened up on the turn for home, and was not seriously threatened in the stretch while posting a one-length victory over Wynning Ride in a time of 1:41.96 for 1 1/16 miles.
Saturday, December 13 2008
INFORMED PROVES TO BE A BARGAIN FOR NEW OWNER
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2008) — Informed, a $500,000 yearling purchase who was claimed for the bargain price of $25,000 earlier this year, scored a 1 1/2-length victory under jockey Aaron Gryder in the $43,000 allowance/claiming feature Friday at Hollywood Park.
Gryder gave Informed a well-timed, ground-saving trip and the 4-year-old son of Tiznow drew clear with ease in the stretch while covering 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.53.