Longshot Mr T Bird ($59.60) Rolls Home In Feature; Talamo Wins Four, Impressive Bow For Midnight Hawk

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Posted 12.13.13 at 3:16

Joe Talamo moved into a tie with Rafael Bejarano for the top spot in the rider’s race after winning four races Friday. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 13, 2013)—Mr T Bird, the longest shot in the field at nearly 29-1, completed a Friday double for trainer Mike Puype with a last-to-first victory in the $55,932 feature.

Rebounding after four consecutive off-the-board finishes, the 4-year-old Military gelding lagged well off the quick pace set by Monastic, rallied outside eventual runner-up Holladay Road and won by a half-length under jockey Brice Blanc.

Owned by Three Kings Racing, Mr T Bird, who is out of the Mongoose mare Patient Malory, completed the 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.06. He paid $59.60, $21.40 and $12.20 and increased his earnings to $96,510.

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Fanticola ($13.40) Remains Perfect On Turf

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Posted 12.12.13 at 3:28

Fanticola, under Joe Talamo, takes the Thursday feature. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 12, 2013)—Fanticola remained undefeated since switched to turf, leading most of the way in the $52,750 feature Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Owned by Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino and trained by Mike Mitchell, the 3-year-old Silent Name filly has won three in a row on grass after beginning her career with a pair of seconds and a third on Del Mar’s Polytrack.

Out of the Tabasco Cat mare Catalina Cat, Fanticola took over from Ricspretentiousgal while between horses into the first turn, relaxed well under jockey Joe Talamo and repelled all challengers in the final quarter of a mile.

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Ohio Man Wins Show Me The Money

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Posted 12.12.13 at 3:27

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Dec. 12, 2013)—John Kent of Columbus, Ohio won the $2,500 winner-take-all Show Me The Money contest Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

The free challenge, which began Nov. 10 with 1,714 players, required a participant to choose one horse each racing day – in six designated races – at least 10 minutes before the first race. The selected horse had to finish first, second or third for a player to continue.

There were two survivors entering the 21st day of the final Autumn meet, but Stephen Pordon of Longmont, Colorado was eliminated when Ubelongtomemissy, his Thursday selection, finished fifth as the 17-10 favorite in the sixth.

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Teddy’s Promise Returns To Favorite Surface

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Posted 12.12.13 at 11:29

Favored Teddy's Promise, under Victor Espinoza, wins the Time to Leave for the second straight year. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 12, 2013)—Teddy’s Promise, who has earned half of her career wins at Betfair Hollywood Park, will make her final start over Cushion Track in the $100,000 Playa del Rey Stakes Sunday.

An ungraded race at six furlongs for older fillies and mares, the Playa del Rey, which returned to the stakes schedule this year for the first time since 2010, is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. and track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by breeders Ted and Judy Nichols and trained by Ron Ellis, Teddy’s Promise has won five of 11 at Betfair Hollywood Park, including victories in the 2012 and 2013 Time to Leave Stakes.

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Pair Of $50,000 Starter Races Set For Closing Day

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Posted 12.12.13 at 8:21

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 12, 2013)—In commemoration of the closing of Betfair Hollywood Park, a pair of $50,000 starter allowance races will be offered Sunday, Dec. 22, the final day of racing at the historic track.

Both races are scheduled for one mile on turf. The Valley Lass is for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds & up while the Auld Lang Syne is for 3-year-olds & up.

The Valley Lass honors the first horse to win a race at Hollywood Park. The 2-year-old California bred filly won June 10, 1938 under jockey Silvio Coucci. She paid $4.60 to win and completed five furlongs in 1:00 1/5.

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Hollendorfer Sends Out Duo In CashCall Futurity; Hollywood Turf Cup, Native Diver Also On Tap

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Posted 12.11.13 at 12:13

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 11, 2013)—Four trainers will send out eight of the 13 runners entered in the 33rd CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Scheduled at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the CashCall Futurity, a Grade I for 2-year-olds with a guaranteed purse of $750,000, headlines the Saturday program.

The 10-race card also includes two other graded events – the Grade II, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles and the Grade III, $150,000 Native Diver Stakes at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track.

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Only Two Players Left In Show Me The Money

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Posted 12.08.13 at 4:11

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 8, 2013)—The $2,500 winner-take-all Show Me The Money contest is down to two participants heading into the final seven days of the last Autumn meet 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 wins the cash. Should both contestants – John Kent of Columbus, Ohio and Stephen Pordon of Longmont, Colorado – be alive at the conclusion of racing Dec. 22 – closing day – the winner will be decided by tiebreaker.

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Boat Trip Rallies To Win Hollywood Turf Express; Extremely Rare Triple Dead Heat For Second

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Posted 12.08.13 at 2:17

Boat Trip (left), under Joe Talamo, wins the Hollywood Turf Express over a trio of horses in a Triple dead heat for second. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 8, 2013)—A return to Betfair Hollywood Park proved the tonic for Boat Trip, a last-to-first winner of the $99,998 Hollywood Turf Express Sunday.

Some five weeks removed from a 12th place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, the 4-year-old son of Harlan’s Holiday took full advantage of a three-pronged pace duel to win for the fourth time in five starts over the local grass.

Given the fact No Silent, Chips All In and Unbridled’s Note were involved in a battle that lasted the entire six furlongs, it was fitting they finished in a triple dead heat for second.

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