INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 16, 2013)—Arethusa, a 10-1 shot, picked the right spot to earn her first win, dominating five other 2-year-old fillies in the $100,250 Sharp Cat Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Defeated three times in maiden races at Del Mar and Santa Anita, the daughter of A.P. Indy took full advantage of a contested pace to give trainer Eoin Harty his second victory in the ungraded race.
The only other trainer with more than one win in the Sharp Cat is David Hofmans, who won the first two renewals with Zenyatta’s half-sister Balance (2005) and Runway Rosie (2006). Harty’s previous score came with Pamona Ball in 2008.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 15, 2013)—Favored Et Tu Walker continued his love affair with the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course in the $57,056 feature Friday.
Honored as the top claiming performer of the Spring/Summer meet earlier in the year, the 4-year-old son of Shakespeare won for the fourth time in his seventh start over the layout.
After stalking the pace set by Truest Legend and Kingpin Ryno, Et Tu Walker, the 19-10 choice, gained the advantage early in the stretch and went on to defeat 8-1 shot Circa’sgoldengear by 1 ¼ lengths.
Several Betfair Hollywood Park stakes winners brought a pretty penny at the just-concluded Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Lady of Shamrock, winner of seven of 18 starts including the Grade I American Oaks in 2012, received a final bid of $2 million from brothers Gerard and Alain Wertheimer. The daughter of Johannesburg had been trained by John Sadler and raced for Hronis Stable.
Star Billing, heroine of the Grade I Matriarch in 2012 and third in the American Oaks earlier that year, went under the hammer for $2.6 million. The Dynaformer mare’s new owner is Mt. Brilliant Farm. She campaigned for owner/breeder George Krikorian and trainer John Shirreffs.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 14, 2013)—Curvy Cat, who won the B. Thoughtful Stakes during the Spring/Summer meet, will try for her eighth career victory in the $100,000 Cat’s Cradle Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to older fillies and mares sired or bred in California, the Cat’s Cradle, which is the third of nine races, is run at 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track. Post time Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by breeders Tom and Debi Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Curvy Cat, who was nearly 7-1 when she won the B. Thoughtful during the California Gold Rush program April 27, has banked $272,425 in 20 starts.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 11, 2013)—Keldy, the 5-2 second choice, led throughout under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith to win the $49,000 feature for California bred fillies and mares Monday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Four weeks removed from a half-length maiden victory at Santa Anita, the 3-year-old Benchmark filly quickly established a sizable advantage, took a breather around the far turn and held favored Tiz a Classy Lass safe in the closing yards.
Trained by Dan Hendricks for Russell Drake and breeder Teresa McWilliams, Keldy, who is out of the Pine Bluff mare Windscreen, completed the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:42.47.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 11, 2013)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out last out maiden winners Be Proud and Georgia in search of his second victory in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
An ungraded race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Sharp Cat is the third 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 continues to be guaranteed at $150,000 every Saturday throughout the season, a promotion which began at the 2012 Autumn meet and continued successfully during the Spring/Summer meet earlier this year.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 10, 2013)—Making his first start since a seven-length debut win Oct. 19 at Golden Gate Fields, Shared Belief was even more impressive stepping into stakes company in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Purchased privately after his smashing initiation by a partnership that includes radio and television personality Jim Rome, Alex Solis II, Jason Litt, George Todaro and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief dominated 9-10 favorite Kobe’s Back and three other 2-year-olds under jockey Corey Nakatani.
Lapped directly outside pacesetter Papa Turf for most of the journey, the gelded son of Candy Ride and the Storm Cat mare Common Hope gained a slight advantage entering the stretch, then accelerated away under hand encouragement.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 10, 2013)—The next Hollywood Insider of the final Autumn meet at Betfair Hollywood Park will be held Saturday, Nov. 16.
Television Games Network (TVG) analyst Gino Buccola will host Hollywood Insider, which will feature special guests, plus handicapping tips, insights and other last minute information regarding the afternoon’s races.
Hollywood Insider will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Paddock Tote Board.
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