Monday, October 25 2010


THREE CONCERTS SCHEDULED FOR AUTUMN


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Oct. 24, 2010) — Steel Pulse, Ozomatli and Journey Unauthorized will perform during a Thursday night and two Friday night programs during Hollywood Park’s 31-day Autumn meet. The season begins Thursday, Nov. 4 and continues through Sunday, Dec. 19.

The concerts will take place in the North Park, adjacent to the top of the stretch and the Ascot Terrace, located on the clubhouse level.





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Saturday, October 23 2010


PREMIER PEGASUS STAYS PERFECT IN `GOODMAN


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 23, 2010)—A 44-1 winner in his debut July 24 at Del Mar, Premier Pegasus returned with a much smaller surprise in the $59,800 Jack Goodman Stakes Saturday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.

Dispatched at 5-1 in the field of seven 2-year-olds, the Fusaichi Pegasus colt out of the Summer Squall mare Squall Linda led most of the way to remain perfect for owner-breeder and trainer Myung Kwon Cho.





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Oak Tree: POST TIME SWITCHED TO 1 P.M. THURSDAY, OCT. 28


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 23, 2010)—Although Hollywood Park is still committed to the long term success of night racing, the Oak Tree Racing Association has switched the final Thursday evening card of its meet to the afternoon.

Acting on the suggestion of the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) that consideration be given to racing Thursday afternoon instead of at night, Oak Tree decided to move post time on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 7:05 p.m. to 1 p.m.





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Friday, October 22 2010


ZENYATTA WORKS SEVEN FURLONGS IN 1:27 1/5 OVER CUSHION TRACK


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 22, 2010)—In her next-to-last work in Southern California before she heads to Kentucky, Zenyatta completed seven furlongs in 1:27 1/5 Friday morning at Hollywood Park.

Exercising over Cushion Track under jockey Mike Smith, the 6-year-old Street Cry mare, who is undefeated in 19 starts, broke off behind Sarbonne, went her opening three furlongs in 38 4/5, a half-mile in 50 4/5, five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 and six furlongs in 1:15 1/5 en route to the final time, according to Hollywood Park clocker and morning line maker Russ Hudak.





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LONGEST SHOT IN FIELD SURPRISES IN THURSDAY FEATURE


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 21, 2010)—Romp, the longest shot in a field of four, was up to win the $44,704 allowance feature Thursday night at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.

In a race switched from turf to Cushion Track, Romp won a head bob from pacesetter Worth Repeating, who had a seven length advantage with a quarter of a mile to run, to end a long dry spell.





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Thursday, October 21 2010


Oak Tree: STABLE NOTES Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010


UNUSUAL SUSPECT TO TRY CALIFORNIA CUP CLASSIC

Unusual Suspect, a starter in the California Cup Mile the past three years, will try the California Cup Classic Presented by City National Bank on October 30 at Hollywood Park, trainer and co-owner Barry Abrams said Thursday.

“He beat Richard’s Kid twice on synthetics and I think a mile and an eighth is a better distance for him,” said Abrams of the decision to try him in the nine furlong test on Cushion Track. The Maryland-bred Richard’s Kid won the Pacific Classic the last two years and the Goodwood Stakes in his last start, all Grade I’s.





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TALES IN EXCESS TRIES TO REBOUND SUNDAY IN ANOAKIA


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 21, 2010)—Seeking a second consecutive win in the $55,000-added Anoakia Stakes Sunday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park, trainer Bob Baffert will send out a thrice-defeated maiden.

Baffert, who won with Crisis of Spirit in 2009, and owner Kaleem Shah will be represented by Blazing Along in the ungraded race for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.





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Monday, October 18 2010


LATE SURGE EARNS GO FORTH NORTH RAMSER WIN


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 17, 2010)—Back with her own age group, Go Forth North rallied strongly in the final eighth of a mile to collar pacesetter All Due Respect and win the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap by a nose Sunday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.

Eighth of nine in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, a Grade I, on Oct. 2 against older opponents, the 3-year-old North Light filly out of the Holy Bull mare Witch Tradition earned her third victory in 11 starts in the Grade III Ramser.





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NFL STAR TERRELL OWENS PAYS A VISIT TO ZENYATTA


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 17, 2010)—The ever expanding fan club of Zenyatta added a new member Sunday.

Terrell Owens, the star wide receiver of the Cincinnati Bengals, was a visitor to Hollywood Park and took advantage of an opportunity to visit the undefeated 6-year-old mare at her home in the stable of trainer John Shirreffs.





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Sunday, October 17 2010


Oak Tree: STABLE NOTES Sunday, Oct. 17


BAFFERT SEEKS TO REPEAT IN GOODMAN, ANOAKIA

Two-year-olds will be in the spotlight at Hollywood Park next weekend with two featured $55,000-added six-furlong stakes on Cushion Track: the Jack Goodman Saturday and the Anoakia for fillies on Sunday.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Goodman last year with Macias and the Anoakia with Crisis of Spirit, will again be in the thick of the action.





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FANTASTIC PICK SURPRISE WINNER OF OAK TREE DERBY


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 16, 2010)—Fantastic Pick, the longest shot in the field at 22-1, edged pacesetter Blue Panis after an eighth of a mile long battle to win the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby Saturday at Hollywood Park.

The biggest surprise in the 41-year history of the Derby was one of a handful of Saturday upsets, so there will be a Pick Six carryover of $96,568 when racing resumes Sunday.





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Friday, October 15 2010


ACHAK ENJOYS SURFACE SWITCH, SCORES AT 8-1


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 15, 2010)—Making his second start since being claimed for $50,000 by trainer Mike Mitchell in July, Achak welcomed a return to a synthetic surface Friday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park, winning the $40,640 feature.

The second longest shot in a field of six at 8-1, the Irish bred ended a nine race losing streak with a 1 ¼ length victory over Indian Firewater.





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