INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 26, 2013)—Only three players remain active in the $2,500 winner-take-all Show Me The Money contest at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The free challenge, which began May 5 with 1,744 players, requires a participant to choose one horse each racing day – in six designated races – at least 10 minutes prior to the first race. The selected horse must finish first, second or third for a player to continue.
The last player standing receives the cash prize. Should more than one contestant still be alive at the conclusion of racing July 14 – closing day of the Spring/Summer meet – the winner will be decided by a tiebreaker. The first tiebreaker is number of wins.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 26, 2013)—The stakes wins keep coming for jockey Joe Talamo at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Schiaparelli, the 3-5 favorite, gave Talamo his fifth consecutive stakes success Sunday when she easily dispatched of five opponents in the $73,710 Great Lady M.
Talamo’s streak began May 18 when he won the Fran’s Valentine with Unusual Hottie and the Grade II Marjorie L. Everett Handicap with Open Water, continued May 19 when Iotapa took the Railbird and May 25 with Obviously’s victory in the Grade II American Handicap.
JOE TALAMO, SCHIAPARELLI, Winner: “I saw that other filly (Purim’s Dancer) break in front but we really weren’t going all that fast. I just let mine run her race. We were real fortunate to draw outside. We could just have easily laid second. I really think adding the (ear muffs) on her with the blinkers made a big difference. She’s a different animal right now. She was just cruising with a real good rhythm. Down the lane I kind of stayed after her because I didn’t want her to see anything like she did last time. She’s definitely getting better with age and with every race she runs. The thing is to get her to relax because in the post parade she’s pretty high strung. In the race she’s totally different and very professional.”
Saturday’s feature may have been called the American Handicap, but it was a pair of Europeans who stole the show.
Irish-bred Obviously won the Grade II, $150,000 contest, defeating French-bred Lucuyan by 2 1-2 lengths in the mile turf event. Their respective connections are looking forward to a rematch in the Grade I, $300,000 Shoemaker Mile June 29.
Trainer Mike Mitchell was ecstatic with Obviously’s performance. “He came out of the race great,” beamed Mitchell. “If everything looks good, he’ll go next in the Shoemaker Mile.”
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 26, 2013)—Rich Perloff of Television Games Network (TVG) will play host for the next Hollywood Insider Saturday, June 1.
Handicapping tips, insights and other last minute information will be offered on the afternoon’s races, including the Grade II, $150,000 Californian for older horses at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track.
Hollywood Insider will begin at 12 Noon at the Paddock Tote Board
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 26, 2013)—Jockey Edwin Maldonado will be the guest of co-hosts Michael Burns and George Ortuzar at the upcoming Escogiendo Ganadores (Picking Winners) session Saturday, June 1.
During the Spanish-language seminar, Maldonado, the leading rider at the 2012 Autumn meet, Burns and Ortuzar will discuss the jockey’s career as well as the Betfair Hollywood Park card, including the $150,000 Californian, a Grade II for older horses at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track.
Escogiendo Ganadores will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Paddock Tote Board.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 25, 2013)—There will be a Pick Six carryover of $113,928 when racing resumes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The Pick Six will begin in the fourth race. Approximate post time is 2:35 p.m. Post time Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 25, 2013)—There will be a Super High 5 carryover of $22,294 when racing resumes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The Super High 5 is offered daily in the final race and Betfair Hollywood Park has a nine race program Sunday. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
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