INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 4, 2013)—Trainer Ken McPeek will try for a repeat in the $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet when he sends out Rosalind against seven opponents Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade I for 2-year-old fillies, the Starlet is the sixth of nine races while the Bayakoa, a Grade II for older fillies and mares, will go as the eighth.
Both races will be run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. Post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 1, 2013)—Egg Drop, a 10-1 shot, defeated fellow gray and 8-1 outsider Discreet Marq by a nose in the $250,000 Matriarch Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The closest finish in the history of a race first run in 1981 was the second of two Grade I races offered on the final day of the Turf Festival.
A little more than an hour before Egg Drop’s thrilling victory, Seek Again, who was making his United States debut, powered past eight other 3-year-olds in the $251,000 Hollywood Derby.
MARTIN GARCIA, EGG DROP, Winner: “The race set up as we planned. I let her break cleanly and she was running very comfortably and when I asked her to go she responded. (Discreet Marq) went by me very easily at the top of the stretch, but my filly never gave up and came back. That was a very tough race and she was able to get the job done.’’
RAFAEL BEJARANO, DISCREET MARQ, Second: “I was laying second very comfortable about a couple of lengths off the leader and I moved when I had to move. My filly gave me a big kick in the stretch, but the other horse came back on and we got ran down.”
JULIEN LEPAROUX, BETTER LUCKY, Third: “I had a very good trip. No excuses. She ran hard. She tried hard and no excuses.”
COREY NAKATANI, SEEK AGAIN, Winner: “I was extremely confident. Any time you see the Juddmonte colors and a horse shipping from England, you know they’re going to have a big turn of foot and it’s just a matter if they can handle the tighter turns. He seemed to handle it. (Gosden) said he had trained him on the left handed tracks before shipping him here. I was very excited to get the opportunity to get to ride again for Juddmonte and try to win a Grade I for them. My main thing was to try to get him into a rhythm, get him to break decently and get him in a rhythm. (Gosden) told me he had missed the break a couple of times and left himself with way too much to do. My main concern was to try to have a spot to run at and not get him stopped.’’
JULIEN LEPAROUX, ADMIRAL KITTEN, Second: “He ran big. He was flying at the end. The winner got the rail and everything went well for him, but my horse made a big run at the end.”
Landaluce Educe Stable’s Rosalind, already established as one of the top 2-year-old fillies in the United States, will seek her first Grade I victory in the $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, which will be run for the 33rd time Saturday, Dec. 7.
The race at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track is likely to have a field of six.
Trained by Ken McPeek, who won last year’s Starlet with Pure Fun, Rosalind was a fast-closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, a half length behind Ria Antonio and She’s a Tiger, the original winner who was disqualified and placed second Nov. 2. In her previous two starts, Rosalind was second in the Grade I Alcibiades at Keeneland and third in the Grade II Pocahontas at Churchill Downs.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 1, 2013)—The next Hollywood Insider of the final Autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park will be held Saturday, Dec. 7.
One of the analysts from Television Games Network (TVG) will host Hollywood Insider, which will feature special guests, plus handicapping tips, insights and other last minute information regarding the afternoon’s races.
Hollywood Insider will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Paddock Tote Board
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 1, 2013)—Jockey Fernando Perez will be the guest of co-hosts Michael Burns and George Ortuzar for the upcoming Escogiendo Ganadores (Picking Winners) session Saturday, Dec. 7.
The Spanish-language handicapping seminar will be offered every Saturday during the final Autumn meet, which continues through Sunday, Dec. 22.
A former riding champion at Hastings Racecourse in Vancouver and a recent arrival to Southern California, Perez will discuss his career with Burns and Ortuzar as well as the Betfair Hollywood Park card, including the Grade II, $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes and the Grade I, $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 30, 2013)—Although the tactics were different than those employed in her maiden win Oct. 17, the result was the same for Full Ransom in the $100,250 Miesque Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Staying perfect in two starts on grass, the daughter of Full Mandate, who was purchased for $25,000 at the Barretts May sale earlier this year, rallied strongly in the final eighth of a mile to post a 12-1 upset for owner Deron Pearson and trainer Jim Cassidy.
Restricted to fillies, the Miesque was the second of two Grade III races for 2-year-olds on the middle program of the three-day Turf Festival.
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