Saturday, December 06 2008
BANNER LODGE CRUISES TO WIN UNDER SMITH IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 5, 2008) — Favorite Banner Lodge took command shortly after the start and had plenty left in the stretch under jockey Mike Smith as he posted a 1 3/4-length victory in the $42,876 allowance feature Friday at Hollywood Park.
The Kentucky-bred son of Chester House won for the second time in his last three starts while covering six furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:08.37.
HP Stable Notes: Friday, Dec. 5, 2008
LARAGH TO SHIP WEST FOR HOLLYWOOD STARLET
Laragh, third-place finisher as the favorite in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, will be flown west from New York to compete in the $250,000 Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 13, trainer John Terranova confirmed Friday.
“We plan to fly in next Wednesday,” said Terranova from Florida, where he is setting up shop for the winter. “She breezed five-eighths on the Belmont training track yesterday in 1:02 and galloped out in 1:14 and three. She finished very strong.”
IRISH DUO BACK TO TAKE A SHOT WITH WINCHESTER IN TURF CUP
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 4, 2008) — The Irish tandem of trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Patrick Smullen, who combined to win The Matriarch here four years ago with Dress to Thrill, have returned to Hollywood Park and have their sights set on Saturday’s $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup.
Winchester, winner of the Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park while making his North American debut in August, will try to rebound in the Grade I Turf Cup following a seventh-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf in October.
Thursday, December 04 2008
PORTO SANTO PERFECT ON HOLLYWOOD GREEN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 3, 2008) — Favorite Porto Santo, winner of the 2006 Bien Bien Stakes in his only previous start on the Hollywood Park turf course, caught pacesetter Black Astor in mid-stretch and inched away to score a one-length victory under jockey Victor Espinoza in Wednesday’s $50,000 allowance feature.
The 5-year-old French-bred covered 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:40.69 to score his fifth win in 22 starts, paying $6, $3.60 and $2.80. Black Astor returned $5 and $3.60, while the show payoff on Band of Thunder was $2.80.
Wednesday, December 03 2008
Hollywood Park Stable Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008
TWO FEMALES ENTERED IN TURF CUP
Black Mamba and High Heel Sneakers, a pair of 5-year-old mares who have both won turf stakes against females at Hollywood Park, will tangle with males Saturday in the $250,000, Grade I Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles.
Meet-leading trainer John Sadler entered New Zealand-bred Black Mamba, scratched from the Matriarch Sunday, while conditioner Ben Cecil entered English-bred High Heel Sneakers.
Monday, December 01 2008
DOMINGUEZ SWEEPS DERBY AND MATRIARCH WITH LATE CHARGES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2008) — Second-choice Court Vision, last in the field of nine at the quarter pole, rallied in the middle of the course to win the Hollywood Derby as jockey Ramon Dominguez completed a sweep of $500,000, Grade I events on Sunday’s final day of the Turf Festival at Hollywood Park.
Eastern-based Dominguez, who won with his first two Hollywood Park mounts in the 2004 Turf Festival, also guided favorite Cocoa Beach to a come-from-behind victory two races earlier in The Matriarch.
HP Stable Notes: Sunday, November 30, 2008
RUSHING TO THE TURF CUP
Trainer Mike Machowsky said Sunday that Rush Rush would seek his first stakes victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, a Grade I test at 1 ½ miles on turf Saturday.
“He’s kind of a quirky horse to ride, and I think Victor (jockey Victor Espinoza) has figured him out pretty well,” said Santa Anita-based Machowsky of the 5-year-old gelding who rallied to finish second in an allowance race at 1 1/8 miles on turf here Nov. 12 in his first start under Espinoza.
Rush Rush won a grass race at 1 ¼ miles here last year but has been unplaced in two tries at 1 ½ miles, including a fourth-place finish in the 2007 Sunset Handicap.
Sunday, November 30 2008
SUTHERLAND NOTCHES FIRST HOLLYPARK STAKES WIN ON MR. ROD
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 29, 2008) — While California Flag solidified his credentials as a top flight sprinter with a scintillating performance in the $150,000 Hollywood Turf Express, Mr. Rod and Canadian jockey Chantal Sutherland served notice they belong in first class company with a front-running win in the $109,300 Generous Stakes on Saturday’s second day of Hollywood Park’s three-day Turf Festival.
Sutherland, a 32-year-old native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, registered her first Hollywood Park stakes win in the Grade III Generous, but she is no stranger to the winner’s circle. She is among North America’s leading jockeys in 2008 as her mounts have earned more than $5.7 million. She was third in the standings at Canada’s Woodbine before leaving in October to ride at Santa Anita Park, where she had enjoyed success earlier in the year.
Saturday, November 29 2008
HYPERBARIC SCORES FRONT-RUNNING WIN UNDER BAZE IN CITATION
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2008) — Jack Preston’s Hyperbaric, given a breather by jockey Tyler Baze down the backstretch, dug in through the stretch to hold off all challengers en route to a front-running victory in the $400,000 Citation Handicap as the 17th Turf Festival began Friday with a pair of graded stakes at Hollywood Park.
The victory was the fourth consecutive for Hyperbaric, who notched his first Grade I win while covering 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:41.29. Formal Decree finished three-quarters of a length back in second, followed by Becrux, Proudinsky, Medici Code and even-money favorite Whatsthescript in the field of nine older horses.
HP Stable Notes: Friday, November 28, 2008
PLETCHER HOPES TO CONTINUE THANKSGIVING WEEK ROLL
Trainer Todd Pletcher, who began the Thanksgiving Day weekend at Hollywood Park with an impressive victory by Bsharpsonata in the $68,400 Playa del Rey Stakes Thursday, hopes to carry that momentum into the Turf Festival Saturday and Sunday.
New York-based Pletcher, who has won five Turf Festival races with just 17 starters, entered Cowboy Cal in the Hollywood Derby and Roshani in The Matriarch, the $500,000 Grade I co-features Sunday. He also entered Bittel Road and Hype in the $100,000-added Generous Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday.
ZENYATTA GANG LOOKS TO VISIT WINNER’S CIRCLE WITH MADEO
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 28, 2008) — Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, trainer John Shirreffs and owners/breeders Jerry and Ann Moss have one trip to the Hollywood Park winner’s circle guaranteed and are hoping for a second with Madeo following Sunday’s $500,000 Hollywood Derby.
The connections will make a winner’s circle appearance as Horse of the Year candidate Zenyatta will be paraded between races on Sunday’s program. They hope to return later in the afternoon when Del Mar Derby winner and Oak Tree Derby runner-up Madeo faces eight rivals in the 67th running of the Hollywood Derby.
Friday, November 28 2008
BSHARPSONATA RALLIES UNDER GOMEZ IN PLAYA DEL REY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 27, 2008) — Bsharpsonata, fifth on the rail with a quarter-mile to run under Garrett Gomez, split horses approaching the sixteenth pole and cruised to a 1 1/2-length victory over favorite Peppermint Lounge in the $68,400 Playa del Rey on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
The daughter of Pulpit, overlooked in wagering at 7-1 despite competing with the nation’s leading 3-year-old fillies in the spring, covered six furlongs on Cushion Track in a stakes record 1:07.95 for her seventh win in 12 starts.