Wednesday, November 19 2008
HP Notes: Wednesday, November 19, 2008
CRIMINOLOGIST TO SUPPLEMENT FOR MATRIARCH
Criminologist, a multiple graded stakes winner, will be supplemented to the $500,000 Matriarch on Nov. 30 at Hollywood Park, trainer Shug McGaughey confirmed Wednesday from New York. The fee is $10,000 for the Grade I test for fillies and mares at one mile on turf.
“All systems are go,” said McGaughey from Belmont Park, where the 5-year-old mare has worked three times since a third-place finish as the favorite in the Oct. 11 Athenia Handicap.
Sunday, November 16 2008
HP Stable Notes: Sunday, November 16, 2008
I CAN SEE EYES $500,000 MATRIARCH CLOSING DAY OF TURF FESTIVAL
I Can See, a 5-year-old mare who has overcome the handicap of blindness in one eye to earn more than $400,000, worked five furlongs on turf in 1:01.60 Sunday at Hollywood Park for the $500,000 Matriarch on Nov. 30. The Grade I Matriarch, co-featured with the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on closing day of the three-day Turf Festival, is for fillies and mares at one mile on grass.
“She worked very nicely, as good as I could expect,” said trainer Steve Knapp after the drill under exercise rider Fernando Serna. “I will work here once more next Sunday, and if all goes well, she will run in The Matriarch.”
EVITA ARGENTINA CHARGES THROUGH STRETCH TO WIN MOCASSIN
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 16, 2008) — Evita Argentina, last much of the way, closed from eighth at the top of the stretch under jockey Tyler Baze to score a dramatic 1 1/2-length victory over front-running favorite Mi Chiamano Mimi in Sunday’s $111,100 Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Evita Argentina, who beat Stardom Bound in the Sorrento at Del Mar before chasing her home in the Del Mar Debutante and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, was 11th entering the far turn and only had three fillies behind her when she straightened for home.
She rallied with authority in the middle of the track while covering the seven furlongs in 1:21.80 on Cushion Track to win for the third time in five starts.
Saturday, November 15 2008
YOU LIFT ME UP HANGS ON UNDER SMITH TO WIN SKIRBALL-KENIS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2008) — Longshot You Lift Me Up, given a perfect ride by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, relaxed on the lead and then gamely held her ground through the stretch to beat favorite Solar Miss by a head in the $81,800 Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Smith held his ground along the rail aboard You Lift Me Up, refusing to give Garrett Gomez and Solar Miss running room until it was too late for the favorite as she came close, but failed to nail the front-runner on the wire.
Friday, November 14 2008
MITCHELL-GOMEZ AIM FOR REPEAT IN MOCCASIN STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2008) — The combination of trainer Mike Mitchell and jockey Garrett Gomez will aim for their second straight Moccasin Stakes victory Sunday at Hollywood Park as unbeaten Mi Chiamano Mimi aims to increase her winning streak to three in the $100,000 event.
Mitchell sent out Spring Awakening to win the seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies in a stakes record 1:21.33 in 2007. The victory was a record 71st for Gomez in a stakes as he went on to finish the year with 76, eclipsing Jerry Bailey’s mark of 70 in 2003.
Mi Chiamano Mimi, owned by Nathaniel Friedman, was a 4 ½-length winner while running for a claiming tag of $80,000 in her career debut Aug. 29 at Del Mar. She then won the six-furlong Anoakia in a swift 1:07 4/5 at Santa Anita on Oct. 19.
The daughter of Came Home will face tough competition in the field of 11, which lines up as follows from the rail out:
Mi Chiamano Mimi, Gomez up, carries 118 pounds; Casino Gold, David Flores, 116; Will O Way, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Wind Caper, Jose Valdivia Jr., 116; Malusita, Joel Rosario, 116; Pasar Silbano, Mike Smith, 120; Montana Fields, Michael Baze, 118; Evita Argentina, Tyler Baze, 122; Palacio de Amor, Victor Espinoza, 116; Wynning Ride, Joseph Talamo, 116, and Moontune Missy, Aaron Gryder, 116.
Evita Argentina and Palacio de Amor both try to rebound following ninth and 13th-place finishes, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Evita Argentina, trained by John Sadler, is the lone graded winner in the field. She won the Sorrento at Del Mar in her second start before finishing fourth in the Del Mar Debutante.
Palacio de Amor, owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, finished second behind Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Stardom Bound in the Del Mar Debutante and the Oak Leaf — both Grade I races.
Pasar Silbano won four of six starts in Ireland for trainer Ger Lyons and his wife, Lynn, who made the trip here for the Moccasin. The filly, recently purchased from the couple by Three Chimneys Racing, will be transferred to trainer Jim Cassidy following the race. Her first two starts — both victories — were on the all weather track at Dundalk, Ireland.
Casino Gold was fourth in the Anoakia; Will O Way won her career debut at Calder before finishing third in the Del Mar Debutante and sixth in the Oak Leaf; Wind Caper aims for her second win in as many starts; Malusita broke her maiden her in June and seeks her second win in her seventh start; Montana Fields has won two of five starts; Wynning Ride attempts to keep her record perfect in her second start, and Moontune Missy tries to improve her record to two-for-three.
The Moccasin will run as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program at Hollywood Park. First post time is 12:30 p.m.
HP Stable Notes: Friday, November 14, 2008
SHAKIS WORKS IMPRESSIVELY FOR CITATION HANDICAP
Neal McLaughlin, brother and assistant to trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, had not visited Hollywood Park since the 1997 Breeders’ Cup, but he was happy to be back Friday.
McLaughlin, an assistant in New York and Florida for 16 years, was on hand to supervise the works of two Shadwell Farm candidates for the Turf Festival later this month.
ARAMBULA COMPLETES DOUBLE ABOARD BARBER IN FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2008) — Barber sped to a wire-to-wire victory in the $51,918 allowance/optional claiming feature as apprentice jockey Pedro Arambula completed a double on Thursday at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old chestnut gelding was clear at the head of the stretch and finished gamely to hold off favorite Mostacoli Mort by one length while covering 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.91.
GOMEZ AIMS FOR THIRD SKIRBALL-KENIS WIN IN FOUR YEARS
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2008) — Garrett Gomez, rider of two of the last three winners, will aim for his third victory aboard supplemental entry Solar Miss in Saturday’s sixth running of the $65,000-added Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Gomez, the nation’s Eclipse Award-winning jockey in 2007, matched Jerry Bailey’s 2003 record of 70 stakes wins when he guided Hucking Hot to victory in the Skirball-Kenis a year ago. He also rode Pussycat Doll to victory in 2005.
Thursday, November 13 2008
HP Stable Notes: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008
CANADIAN COLT TO SHIP FOR PREVUE
Congor Bay, unbeaten in two starts at Woodbine, will be flown here for the $100,000-added Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-olds Nov. 23, trainer Mark Casse said Thursday from Toronto.
“He is going to fly out on the 19th with an assistant,” said Casse, who plans to race in California all winter for the first time.
Congor Bay, a son of Speightstown, broke his maiden by 6 ¾ lengths at first asking at six furlongs Oct. 1 and returned with a two-length score in a 6 ½-furlong allowance race Oct. 26. He is owned by Eugene Melnyk.
Wednesday, November 12 2008
DILEMMA BEATS TALENTED CREW UNDER GOMEZ IN HOLLYPARK FEATURE
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2008) — Glen Hill Farm’s Dilemma overhauled pacesetter Lang Field early in the stretch and held off hard-charging Rush Rush in the final sixteenth to win Wednesday’s $59,800 allowance feature by three-quarters of a length under jockey Garrett Gomez at Hollywood Park.
Dilemma, fifth in the Oak Tree Mile in his previous start, covered 1 1/8 miles on the Lakeside turf Course in 1:48.92 to win for the third time in nine 2008 starts. A slight betting favorite, he paid $7.20, $3.60 and $2.80. Rush Rush, ridden by Victor Espinoza, returned $5.40 and $3.60. The show payoff on Obrigado was $3.40. Lang Field, winner of the 2007 Citation Handicap, faded to fourth in the field of seven older horses.
HP Stable Notes: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008
IRISH TRAINER ARRIVES FOR MOCCASIN
Ger Lyons, who has sent out Pasar Silbano to four victories in six starts in Ireland this year, stood near her stall in Barn 51 South Wednesday morning at Hollywood Park in preparation for her United States debut in the $100,000-added Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Sunday.
“She’s part of the family,” said Lyons’ wife, Lynne, as the couple readied to bid the filly adieu after the Moccasin. Pasar Silbano was purchased privately by Kentucky-based Three Chimneys Racing last month and will probably be transferred to locally-based Jim Cassidy after the Moccasin.
Monday, November 10 2008
HIGH HEEL SNEAKERS CRUISES UNDER ESPINOZA IN HERMOSA BEACH
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2008) — Favorite High Heel Sneakers, given a ground-saving trip by jockey Victor Espinoza, moved off the rail with three furlongs to run and easily out-ran Brushed Gold through the stretch en route to a 2 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s $65,000 Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old bay mare — meeting easier competition after a seventh-place finish in the Grade I Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita Park, covered 1 ½ miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 2:28.58 while paying $5.60, $3.40 and $2.60. Brushed Gold, ridden by Garrett Gomez, paid $5.40 and $3.40, while the show payoff on second-choice Caprice with Rafael Bejarano up was $2.60.