INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 22, 2013)—A total of 121 horses were nominated to the $250,000 Hollywood Derby and $250,000 Matriarch, the two most significant races of the upcoming Turf Festival at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The first two Grade I events of the final Autumn meet, the Hollywood Derby and Matriarch will wrap the Festival Sunday Dec. 1.
The three-day Festival will begin Friday, Nov. 28 with the Grade II, $250,000 Citation Handicap and continue the following day with a pair of Grade III stakes – the $100,000 Miesque and $100,000 Generous – for 2-year-olds. The former is restricted to fillies.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 21, 2013)—Key Vista rebounded from a poor effort in her comeback with a gate-to-wire victory in the $48,000 feature Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Last of nine as the 2-5 favorite in her first race of 2013 Oct. 5 at Santa Anita, the 4-year-old Redattore filly responded to a change of scenery against four other females bred or sired in California.
A 9 ¼ length winner in her debut last Dec. 9 at Betfair Hollywood Park, Key Vista was never menaced Thursday under jockey Martin Garcia.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 21, 2013)—Apprentice jockey Drayden VanDyke earned the first win of his career as he guided Money Clip, a pick-up mount, to a last-to-first victory in Thursday’s sixth race at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The half-length victory in the $45,750 contest for maidens came with the second career mount for VanDyke. The 19-year-old finished sixth aboard 13-1 outsider Two Term Leader in Sunday’s first race in his riding debut.
Both of the horses he’s been aboard in the afternoon are owned by Glen Hill Farm and trained by Tom Proctor.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 21, 2013)—Cyclometer, an impressive winner opening day of the Autumn meet, will aim for his first stakes victory in the $100,000 On Trust Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to older horses bred or sired in California at 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track, the On Trust is the seventh of nine races. Post time Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned and bred by Andrew and Irwin Molasky and trainer Bruce Headley, Cyclometer won an optional claimer Nov. 7, prevailing by 2 ¼ lengths after a pace pressing trip at 6 ½ furlongs.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 20, 2013)—Tamarando, who won the Grade I Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4, will try to give Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer his second victory in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
An ungraded race for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Real Quiet is the eighth of nine races. Post time Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
The Pick Six pool is guaranteed at $150,000 every Saturday throughout the meet, a promotion which began during the 2012 Autumn season and continued successfully at the Spring/Summer meet earlier this year.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 17, 2013)—There will be a Super High 5 carryover of $84,516 when racing resumes Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The Super High 5, which requires a bettor to correctly identify the first five finishers, is offered daily on the final race.
Post time for Thursday’s eight-race card at Betfair Hollywood Park is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 17, 2013)—Favored Warren’s Veneda took advantage of a picture trip to win the $100,000 Cat’s Cradle Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Content to track the moderate pace set by Sister Kate and Ciao Bella Luna, Warren’s Veneda cruised up outside that pair under jockey Joe Talamo approaching the stretch, gained the lead with about an eighth of a mile remaining and held Curvy Cat safe in the final sixteenth.
The win by three-quarters of a length was the fifth in 10 starts for the daughter of Affirmative and the Flying Continental mare More Cal Bread. She’s earned $282,064 for owner-breeder Benjamin C. Warren.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 17, 2013)—Apprentice jockey Gonzalo Nicolas will be the guest of co-hosts Michael Burns and George Ortuzar for the next Escogiendo Ganadores (Picking Winners) session Saturday, Nov. 23.
The Spanish-language handicapping seminar will be offered every Saturday throughout the final Autumn meet, which continues through Sunday, Dec. 22.
A 23-year-old native of Guatemala who earned the first victory of his career in April at Los Alamitos, Nicolas will discuss his career with Burns and Ortuzar as well as the Betfair Hollywood Park card, including the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
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