Monday, November 03 2008
MODEL CONNECTS UNDER MICHAEL BAZE FOR FIRST STAKES VICTORY
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2008) — Model cruised to the lead on the outside turning for home and held on for a 1¾-length victory under jockey Michael Baze in the first running of the $75,250 It’s In The Air Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway earned her first stakes victory while covering 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:41.01, paying $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 3-5 betting choice. Spenditallbaby, who closed for second under Victor Espinoza, paid $7.20 and $3.80, while the show payoff on Bai and Bai with Aaron Gryder up was $3.
Sunday, November 02 2008
Hollywood Park Stable Notes - Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008
CHARLIE’S MOMENT READY FOR REAL QUIET
Trainer and co-owner Walther Solis, who scored his biggest victory here with Time to Get Even in the 2007 Lazaro S. Barrera Stakes, thinks it’s time for another stakes victory with Charlie’s Moment in the $100,000-added Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.
Charlie’s Moment, a gelded son of Indian Charlie, is the most accomplished candidate for the race with a stakes win in the Gateway to Glory at Fairplex Park and earnings of $108,450.
Saturday, November 01 2008
PAMONA BALL ROLLS TO SHARP CAT WIN IN STAKES RECORD TIME
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2008) — Favorite Pamona Ball, given a ground-saving trip by Rafael Bejarano, rallied along the rail in the stretch to score her second straight win in Saturday’s $107,700 Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Pamona Ball covered the 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in a stakes record 1:42.21 while finishing one length clear of Toro Bonito. Pacesetter Ten Churros — stablemate of the runner-up — tired in the stretch and finished another three-quarters of a length back in third.
Pamona Ball, owned by Darley Stable, paid $5.80, $3 and $2.40. Toro Bonito returned $3.40and $2.20, while the show payoff on Ten Churros was $2.40.
Friday, October 31 2008
MODEL AIMS FOR STAKES SCORE IN INAUGURAL IT’S IN THE AIR STAKES
NGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 31, 2008) — Model, second in the Grade I Spinster Stakes at Keeneland in her last start and runner-up to unbeaten Zenyatta in the Clement L. Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar in August, will aim for her first stakes victory in the inaugural running of the $65,000 It’s In The Air on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The 4-year-old daughter of Giant’s Causeway was beaten one length by Horse of the Year candidate Zenyatta in the Hirsch while traveling the It’s In The Air distance of 1 1/16 miles. The Neil Drysdale trainee will be making her Hollywood Park debut from the outside post Sunday in a field of seven fillies and mares which lines up as follows:
BAFFERT, HARTY TO CLASH IN SHARP CAT
Trainer Bob Baffert will send out an entry of Toro Bonito and Ten Churros in the $100,000-added Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday. Competition in the five-horse field will be headed by Pamona Ball, trained by former assistant Eoin Harty.
“The Earnhardt specials,” said Baffert Friday of his two entrants owned by Hal and Patti Earnhardt, two of his longest owners from Arizona. “For $100,000, I’m giving them another shot.”
ORO BLANCO AIMS FOR FIRST CAREER VICTORY IN SHARP CAT
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 30, 2008) — Oro Blanco, third to eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound in the Oak Leaf Stakes last month at Santa Anita Park, will attempt to break her maiden in Saturday’s $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes at Hollywood Park.
The Kentucky-bred daughter of Hold for Gold has worked sharply in preparation for the 1 1/16-mile Sharp Cat.
Thursday, October 30 2008
HP Stable Notes: Thursday, October 30, 2008
SADLER MAKES LUKEWARM CASE FOR DEFENSE
It all began here last year for trainer John Sadler. A perennial contender, Sadler captured the first training title of his career at the 2007 Hollywood Park Autumn Meet with 21 wins — ten more than his nearest rivals.
After finishing second to Mike Mitchell last winter at Santa Anita, Sadler has added the last three major stops on the Southern California circuit — Hollywood Park Spring/Summer, Del Mar and Oak Tree — to his fast-growing list of championships.