INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 1, 2013)—Ending a streak of five consecutive runner-up finishes – three behind Game On Dude in two different states – Clubhouse Ride won the $150,500, Grade II Californian Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Positioned closest to an early duel between Batti Man and Blueskiesnrainbows by jockey Garrett Gomez, Clubhouse Ride took over midway around the turn, drew clear and wasn’t seriously challenged by favored Liaison in the final eighth of a mile. The margin of victory was 2 ¼ lengths.
Owned by Six-S Racing Stable and Nikolas Petralia and trained by Craig Lewis, the 5-year-old son of Candy Ride and the Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Results won for the fourth time in 28 starts. He increased his bankroll to $959,620 with his first graded success.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 31, 2013)—Dixieland Blues ended a six-race losing streak, rallying strongly to win the $55,250 feature Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The beaten favorite in four of those defeats, the 5-year-old gelded son of In Excess got the job done as the 2-1 choice, defeating Mr. Ornery and eight other horses either bred or sired in California.
Ridden with patience by jockey Garrett Gomez, Dixieland Blues swung to the outside entering the stretch and was up in time, winning by a half-length over stablemate Mr. Ornery, a 9-1 shot who was making his first start of 2013.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 31, 2013)—Jockey Victor Espinoza earned the 3,000th victory of his career when favored Flashy Delight easily won the fourth race Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The milestone in the $8,000 claimer for older fillies and mares came nearly 21 years after the 41-year-old native of Mexico City earned his first victory at Hipodromo De Las Americas in his hometown.
A winner of four local riding titles, Espinoza is 12th on the all-time list at Hollywood Park with 928 victories. He ranks eighth with 118 stakes wins.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 31, 2013) — For the third and final occasion during the Spring/Summer meet, Betfair Hollywood Park will have an early post time of 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8.
The morning start is in conjunction with the simulcast of the 144th Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 8 a.m. The first simulcast from Belmont Park is scheduled for 8:35 a.m.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 30, 2013)—Favored Joelito won for the second time in three starts on turf, defeating Unbridled Giant and five other 3-year-olds in the $54,500 feature Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Twenty-seven days after finishing a respectable fourth in the Grade II American Turf at Churchill Downs, the Rock Hard Ten colt won by a half-length under jockey Joe Talamo. The final time for the one mile was 1:34.35.
Owned by J.W. Singer, Inc. and trained by John Sadler, Joelito, who is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Miss Greenley, won for the second time in six starts.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 30, 2013)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will seek a record fourth win in the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap when he sends out Den’s Legacy and Manando Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade III for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Affirmed is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Baffert and the recently-retired Jay Robbins currently share the record for most Affirmed wins. Baffert’s victories came with General Challenge (1999), Point Determined (2006) and Coil (2011) while Robbins won with Raise A Stanza (1989), Tiznow (2000) and Indian Ocean (2005).
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 30, 2013)—Pamela Erickson of Oakland won the $2,500 winner-take-all Show Me The Money contest Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The free challenge, which began May 5 with 1,744 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 22nd day of the Spring/Summer meet, but Erickson was the only player still standing at the conclusion of Thursday’s card.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 30, 2013)—Chris Lee of Los Angeles won the second round of Betfair Hollywood Park’s Spring Handicapping Challenge, earning himself a large screen plasma television.
Lee had the correct place horse in five of the six contest races May 25. He won because his $2 mythical place wagers earned the most money – $30.60.
There were 25 other players who went 5-for-6 and four players were a perfect 6-for-6, but none of their mutuel totals matched or bettered $30.60.
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