You Can Dream Goes Back To Back For Deleon

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Posted 06.29.12 at 10:55

You Can Dream, under Agapito Delgadillo, takes the Friday feature. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 29, 2012)—You Can Dream, a 7-1 shot, won for the second time in less than two weeks, holding off 25-1 shot Easy Goes By in the closing yards in the $52,700 feature Friday night at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A 3 ¼ length winner against $20,000 claimers June 16, You Can Dream stepped into the allowance ranks against fellow California breds and earned her ninth lifetime victory.

Outrun early while Roar Baby Roar, who was making her first start since last Aug. 31 at Del Mar, showed the way, You Can Dream moved up while wide to join the leaders, gained the advantage early in the stretch, then held gamely under jockey Agapito Delgadillo.

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Pick Six Carryover ($70,427) Awaits Saturday

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Posted 06.29.12 at 10:30

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 29, 2012)—There will be a Pick Six carryover of $70,427 when racing resumes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Post time is 1 p.m.

The Pick Six will begin in the fifth race. Scheduled post time is 3:03 p.m.

The sequence includes both Grade I races. The $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, which is at seven furlongs over Cushion Track, is the sixth, while the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile on turf is the ninth.

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John Harris Ninth Winner Of Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award

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Posted 06.29.12 at 3:32

John Harris. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 29, 2012)—John Harris will be presented the ninth annual Laffit Pincay, Jr. Award during the Hollywood Gold Cup program Saturday, July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Pincay, a member of racing’s Hall of Fame since 1975, will make the presentation between the fifth and sixth races.

The Pincay Award is presented yearly to someone who has served the sport with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction.

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Game On Dude, Richard’s Kid Head Gold Cup Noms

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Posted 06.29.12 at 2:12

Richard's Kid winning the Prove It Stakes under Rafael Bejarano. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 29, 2012)—Game On Dude, an easy winner of the Grade II Californian June 2, tops 13 nominees to the Grade I, $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

The signature race of the Spring/Summer meet, the Gold Cup, which is run at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, will be renewed for the 73rd time Saturday, July 7 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Won a year ago by First Dude, who defeated stablemate Game On Dude by a nose with favored Twirling Candy a neck back in third, the Gold Cup is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In’’ race.

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John Scott Repels Rail Trip In Thursday Feature; Rafael Bejarano Has Third Five Bagger At BHP

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Posted 06.28.12 at 4:54

John Scott, under Victor Espinoza, holds off favored Rail Trip (Jose Valdivia, Jr.) the Thursday feature. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 28, 2012)—Making his first start beyond seven furlongs since October 4, 2009, John Scott was a winner, defeating favored Rail Trip in the $65,930 feature (video) Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Successful for the second time in three starts since returning from a lengthy layoff, the 5-year-old gelding prevailed by a half-length under jockey Victor Espinoza.

Owned by breeder Harris Farms Inc. and trained by Carla Gaines, the California bred son of Bertrando and the Deputy Minister mare Henlopen has won four of six. He increased his earnings to $193,144.

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Gallant Son Seeks Repeat In Kerlan Memorial Handicap

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Posted 06.28.12 at 2:15

Gallant Son and jockey Mike Smith, left, pull away from Streakin' Mohican (Rafael Bejarano), right, in the stretch and go on to win the 2011 Robert K. Kerlan. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 28, 2012)—Defending champion Gallant Son will try for his third win over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course in the $68,000 Robert Kerlan Memorial Handicap Sunday.

Scheduled for six furlongs, the Kerlan is the seventh of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by Randall and Rossi LLC and trained by Frank Lucarelli, Gallant Son defeated Streakin’ Mohican by a head in the 2011 Kerlan. If the 6-year-old wins Sunday, he would become the second double winner of the race. Forest Glow won in 1991 and 1992 for owner John A. Bell III and trainer Brad MacDonald.

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Mitchell Diagnosed With Brain Tumor; Surgery Friday

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Posted 06.28.12 at 1:11

Trainer Mike Mitchell. © Benoit Photo

Mike Mitchell, 64, was diagnosed Monday with a brain tumor, according to his wife Denise. With 884 victories at Betfair Hollywood Park, the trainer is second on the all-time list, 68 behind Bobby Frankel. Just last Saturday, Mitchell saddled Potesta for a game victory in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks.

“He’s at USC Medical Center right now and is scheduled for surgery tomorrow at 9 a.m.” said Denise. “Hopefully, they can remove the tumor and then run tests. We won’t know anything until after the surgery.”

In his absence, longtime assistant trainer Phil D’Amato will handle Mitchell’s business.

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Grade I Winner Little Mike Makes California Debut In Shoemaker Mile; Defending Champ Smiling Tiger, The Factor Meet In Triple Bend `Cap

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Posted 06.27.12 at 1:03

Smiling Tiger winning the 2011 Triple Bend under Joel Rosario. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 27, 2012)—Little Mike will try to make it consecutive Grade I victories on turf when he makes his California debut in the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

The Shoemaker Mile is the more lucrative of two Grade I events being offered Saturday. Defending champion Smiling Tiger and The Factor head the field in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, which is run at seven furlongs over Cushion Track. The Triple Bend is the sixth of 10 while the Shoemaker is the ninth.

Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

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