INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 5, 2013)—Making her first start for trainer John Sadler since finishing third in the Grade III Wilshire Handicap April 28, favored Moone’s My Name led throughout to win the $63,600 feature Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The one-length victory by the 5-year-old gray daughter of Intikhab completed a quadruple for jockey Joel Rosario, who is in the midst of a brief stay in Southern California before he begins riding at Gulfstream Park.
It was the 11th four win day at Betfair Hollywood Park for Rosario, who will turn 29 Jan. 14.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 5, 2013)—Five players remain active in the $2,500 winner-take-all Show Me The Money contest at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The free challenge, which began Nov. 10 with 1,714 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 Dec. 22 – closing day of the final Autumn meet – the winner will be decided by tiebreaker. The first tiebreaker is number of wins.
Rosalind and Untapable, the top two contenders in Saturday’s $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet Stakes at 1 1-16 miles on Cushion Track, have completed their preparations for the Grade I.
Trained by Ken McPeek, who won last year’s Starlet with Pure Fun, Rosalind worked four furlongs in company with stablemate Rankhasprivileges Dec. 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park. They worked heads up, each earning a clocking of 49 seconds.
“Rosalind went perfectly,” said Danny Ramsey, exercise rider and assistant to McPeek. “Just what we wanted.”
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 5, 2013)—Unbridled’s Note, who was defeated by less than two lengths when fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Nov. 2, will make his Betfair Hollywood Park debut in the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday.
Returning to the Autumn stakes calendar for the first time since 2008, the Turf Express is for 3-year-olds & upward at six furlongs. The ungraded event is the fourth of 10 races.
Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
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.”
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