Saturday, December 13 2008


BAHAMA BREEZE AIMS FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT WIN IN ON TRUST


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2008) — Undefeated Bahama Breeze will ship south in search of his sixth victory in Sunday’s $75,000 On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Bahama Breeze, claimed for $40,000 while winning his career bow on Jan. 12 at Golden Gate Fields, has added four wins since joining the barn of trainer Steve Miyadi. The bay son of Lord Carson has been favored in three of those races, the exception when he shipped to Santa Anita Park to win a state-bred allowance race in February.





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PAMONA BALL SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY IN HOLLYWOOD STARLET


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2008) — Darley Stable’s Pamona Ball will take a big step up in class as she aims for her third consecutive victory and her first graded stakes win in Saturday’s $429,500 Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park.

Pamona Ball, trained by Eoin Harty, followed up a maiden win in October by rallying to score a one-length victory over Toro Bonito in the Sharp Cat Stakes here in November. Both were run at the Starlet distance of 1 1/16 miles.





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Friday, December 12 2008


HP Stable Notes: Friday, Dec. 12, 2008


FRUMIOUS FIRES BULLET FOR CASHCALL FUTURITY

Northern California invader Frumious worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80 Friday on Cushion Track under jockey Victor Espinoza for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Dec. 20.

Trainer Jeff Bonde shipped the colt from Golden Gate Fields on Sunday with groom Julio Rodriguez to the barn of trainer Craig Dollase, who supervised the drill.





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SERRA SONG WINS BATTLE OF GRAYS IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2008) — Even-money favorite Serra Song out-dueled fellow gray/roan colt Lucky Honey through the stretch to win Thursday’s $43,144 allowance feature at Hollywood Park by a head under jockey Victor Espinoza.

Serra Song, owned by B. Wayne Hughes and trained by Richard Mandella, covered 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.11 while winning for the second time in five starts.





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Thursday, December 11 2008


HP Stable Notes: Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008


LARAGH ARRIVES FOR $429,500 HOLLYWOOD STARLET

Trainer John Terranova and Laragh, entered in the $429,500 Hollywood Starlet on Saturday, were making themselves comfortable in the Bob Baffert stable here Thursday, just as Baffert and his horses do when they ship to New York and reside in the Terranova barn at Belmont Park.

“She just walked this morning,” said Terranova. “She flew in last night. It was an uneventful trip. She was on a Fed Ex flight from Newark to LAX with Silver Stetson Man (a Baffert trainee).”





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Wednesday, December 10 2008


DELTA STORM CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS FOR HOUSE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2008) — Favorite Delta Storm, a $40,000 claim in May at Churchill Downs, won for the third time in seven starts for owner Michael House, posting a one-length triumph under jockey Aaron Gryder in Wednesday’s $48,000 allowance/claiming feature at Hollywood Park.

Third in the Grade III Hollywood Turf Express one start earlier, Delta Storm stalked pacesetter Hewitts before taking command in mid-stretch while covering six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:08.12. He was the lone horse entered for the $100,000 claiming tag, but there were no takers.





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PAMONA BALL SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT VICTORY IN HOLLYWOOD STARLET


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2008) — Darley Stable’s Pamona Ball will take a big step up in class as she aims for her third consecutive victory and her first graded stakes win in Saturday’s $429,500 Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park.

Pamona Ball, trained by Eoin Harty, followed up a maiden win in October by rallying to score a one-length victory over Toro Bonito in the Sharp Cat Stakes here in November. Both were run at the Starlet distance of 1 1/16 miles.





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HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008


"PAMONA BALL ARRIVES FOR $421,500 HOLLYWOOD STARLET

Pamona Ball, winner of the Sharp Cat Stakes here in her last start Nov. 1, jogged Wednesday at Hollywood Park for Saturday’s $421,500, Grade I Hollywood Starlet after being shipped across town Tuesday from Santa Anita by trainer Eoin Harty. She was scheduled to school in the paddock this afternoon, according to assistant Brian Ange.

Pamona Ball relegated two Bob Baffert-trained starters to runner-up status in the Sharp Cat, and Harty hopes for similar results when Pamona Ball lines up against two starters for his former boss in addition to four other formidable foes in the Starlet.





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Monday, December 08 2008


BRIECAT SCORES FRONT-RUNNING WIN UNDER COURT IN BAYAKOA


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 7, 2008) — Briecat, a two-time stakes winner in Arizona, upstaged a group of older and more accomplished fillies and mares with a front-running victory in Sunday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap under jockey Jon Court at Hollywood Park.

The 3-year-old chestnut, challenged briefly by even-money favorite Model turning into the stretch, drew away with ease en route to a 2 ¼-length victory in stakes record time of 1:40.38 for 1 1/16 miles. At odds of 13-1 as the fifth choice in the field of seven, she set the stage for a Pick Six carryover of $146,154 while winning her third consecutive start.





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Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008


DAVE’S REVENGE SEEKS RESPECT IN STARLET

Dave’s Revenge was dismissed at odds of 37-to-1 when she rallied from last place to win her debut at one mile at Del Mar on Aug. 31.

The 2-year-old filly was 64-to-1 when she rallied to finish a strong fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 24 at Santa Anita.

Dave’s Revenge is certain to be a much shorter price when she makes her third start in the $250,000, Grade I Hollywood Starlet at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.





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Sunday, December 07 2008


BIG PAYDAY FOR JOCKEYS VALDIVIA AND ROSARIO AT HOLLYPARK


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 6, 2008) — Jockeys Joel Rosario — with five wins — and Jose Valdivia Jr. — with a late assignment on winner Champs Elysees in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup — each enjoyed a major payday Saturday afternoon at Hollywood Park.

Agent Jim Pegram called Friday to inform Valdivia he had picked up the mount on Turf Cup favorite Champs Elysees and the Peruvian-born jockey made no mistakes in the Grade I Turf Cup, earning his first graded and richest victory of the year.





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Saturday, December 06 2008


MICHAEL BAZE AIMS FOR REPEAT IN BAYAKOA ABOARD MODEL


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2008) — Jockey Michael Baze, who rode Romance is Diane to victory a year ago, will aim for a repeat aboard 117-high weight Model in Sunday’s $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Model, winner of the It’s In the Air Stakes here while making her most recent start at the Bayakoa distance of 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track, seeks her first graded stakes win in the Grade II event.





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