Friday, November 16 2012
SPARKLING STYLE RETURNS TO FAVORITE SURFACE IN CAT’S CRADLE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 15, 2012)—Sparkling Style will try to add a third stakes win over California breds at Betfair Hollywood Park when she faces six rivals in the $75,000 Cat’s Cradle Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to fillies and mares bred in California and run at 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track, the Cat’s Cradle is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m.
STABLE NOTES November 15, 2012
STELLAR FIELD SHAPING UP FOR GRADE I MATRIARCH
Fillies and mares from around the globe are gathering at Betfair Hollywood Park in anticipation of the Grade I, $250,000 Matriarch at one mile on turf, to be run Sunday, November 25. The Matriarch is part of the Hollywood Turf Festival, which is scheduled November 23-25.
Thursday, November 15 2012
MENSA HEAT SEEKS ON TRUST HANDICAP REPEAT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 14, 2012)—Mensa Heat will try to become the third double winner of the On Trust Handicap when he faces seven other California breds Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Scheduled for 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track, the $75,000 On Trust is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m.
ZENYATTA’S HALF SISTER DEBUTS FRIDAY AT BHP
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 14, 2012)—Eblouissante, a half-sister to Zenyatta, is scheduled to make her much anticipated debut in Friday’s fourth race at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A 3-year-old Bernardini filly out of the prolific broodmare Vertigineux, Eblouissante’s initial race will come nearly five years to the day since Zenyatta began her legendary career.
Monday, November 12 2012
KUBINOVA WINS IN BHP DEBUT FOR MOSSES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 11, 2012)—Jockey Eliska Kubinova was a smash in her Betfair Hollywood Park debut, winning with her first mount for some renowned connections Sunday.
Kubinova, who set an Emerald Downs record for wins (76) by an apprentice earlier this year, directed Valeria to a come-from-behind victory for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs – of Zenyatta fame - in the $20,000 maiden claiming affair.
Quotes: Sharp Cat Stakes
JULIEN LEPAROUX, MIDNIGHT BALLET, Winner: “I think the two-turn distance helped her. She’s a big filly and she breaks OK, but she’s not real fast. The six furlong (allowance) race (Oct. 4 at Santa Anita) was just too fast for her. I decided to put her on the rail, save ground and follow the favorite (Scarlet Strike). I got her out at the quarter pole and she made a nice run.”
MIDNIGHT BALLET SCORES 10-1 SURPRISE IN SHARP CAT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 11, 2012)—Making her first start beyond six furlongs, Midnight Ballet scored a 10-1 upset in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Providing jockey Julien Leparoux with his first stakes win at the Autumn meet in three years, the daughter of Midnight Lute rallied to defeat Renee’s Titan, 4-5 favorite Scarlet Strike and four other 2-year-old fillies.
STABLE NOTES - NOVEMBER 11, 2012
NORTHWEST SENSATION MAKES
BETFAIR HOLLYWOOD PARK DEBUT
Eliska (pronounced el-ish-ka) Kubinova, a riding sensation this year at Emerald Downs and Portland Meadows, makes her Betfair Hollywood Park debut Sunday. And what a way to begin. She’ll be in the Zenyatta colors aboard Valeria in the ninth race for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs.
Sunday, November 11 2012
CARVING WINS REAL QUIET FOR BAFFERT, BODE MILLER
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 10, 2012)—Carving made it back-to-back wins for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes with a hard fought victory Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Baffert, who won the Real Quiet a year ago with eventual CashCall Futurity winner Liaison, is the first conditioner to win the event twice. Baffert trained Real Quiet, whose victories included the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and 1999 Hollywood Gold Cup.
Saturday, November 10 2012
HOME JOURNEY DOMINATES, STAYS PERFECT FOR PUYPE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 9, 2012)—A first out winner last month at Santa Anita, Home Journey was even more impressive in the $49,400 feature for California breds Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Facing eight other 2-year-old fillies, the daughter of Good Journey broke on top, relaxed nicely under jockey Aaron Gryder, then kicked away at the top of the stretch to prevail by 8 ¼ lengths.
Friday, November 09 2012
FAVORED KETTLE CORN WINS OPENING DAY FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 8, 2012)—Favored Kettle Corn earned his first victory of 2012 Thursday, outfinishing Akkadian to win the $57,008 opening day feature of Betfair Hollywood Park’s Autumn meet.
Exiting a fourth place finish in the Grade II Arroyo Seco Mile last month at Santa Anita, the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride saved ground while reserved off the moderate pace set by Oligarch, angled out for room in midstretch and prevailed by a neck as the even-money favorite.
SCARLET STRIKE FACES SIX IN SHARP CAT STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 8, 2012)—Second behind Executiveprivilege in the Grade I Chandelier Stakes Sept. 29 at Santa Anita, Scarlet Strike will have six opponents in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to 2-year-old fillies and run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Sharp Cat is a prep for the Grade I, $500,000 guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, which will be run Dec. 8. The Sharp Cat is the eighth of nine races Sunday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m.