Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will primarily be focused on the $5-million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday, when he seeks his first victory in that race with CashCall Futurity and Preakness winner Lookin at Lucky.
But his stable will also be busy at Hollywood Park the same day with Prayer for Relief in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds.
Live racing begins with an 11:15 a.m. first post. The Real Quiet is the ninth of 10 live races. The second day of Breeders’ Cup simulcasts will begin at 10:50 a.m. with the first of eight races.
Although Lookin at Lucky has won nine of 12 starts, he has not been very lucky in post position draws for big races, pulling 13 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last year, the rail in the Kentucky Derby in May and outside post (12) in the Classic.
Although the Real Quiet is named after the Hall of Fame champion that Baffert trained, the white-haired trainer hasn’t had much luck there in the race. Bob and John finished first in the 2005 inaugural but was disqualified and placed third for interference.
Baffert still seeks his first victory in the Real Quiet and may pray that Prayer for Relief ends the drought. The Jump Start colt has won once in three starts and leaves from post two in a field of 10 under Alonso Quinonez.
Two rival trainers in the Real Quiet will also have Breeders’ Cup entrants Saturday. Jerry Hollendorfer, who has Dakota Phone in the Dirt Mile, will send out Jakesam, an impressive 6 ¼-length winner at the Real Quiet distance of 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in his last start.
Trainer Doug O’Neill, who has Quick Enough in the Turf Sprint, will be represented by a duo of Dime and Divine Child in the Real Quiet.
Real Quiet, who died in a paddock fall at a breeding farm in Pennsylvania this autumn, was inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame at Saratoga Springs in August. He sandwiched victories in the Hollywood Futurity in 1997 and Hollywood Gold Cup in 1999 around a 3-year-old championship campaign that included wins in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 1998.
Friday racing begins with a 12:15 first post for an eight-race card of live racing. The first of six Breeders’ Cup simulcasts begins at 1:10.
Of the 168 horses entered in 14 Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs Friday and Saturday, about one-fifth—33—were stabled at Hollywood Park. The $26-million extravaganza will be simulcast here. The first of six Breeders’ Cup races Friday will begin at 1:10 p.m. Pacific time. The first of eight Breeders’ Cup races Saturday will begin at 10:50 a.m. Pacific time.
The $5-million Classic Saturday will be headed by Hollywood’s finest, unbeaten superstar mare Zenyatta seeking her 20th straight victory as the 8-5 morning-line favorite. Another Hollywood shipper, 2-year-old champion Lookin at Lucky, is the fourth choice at 6-1.
Other Hollywood Park-based horses entered in Saturday races are Champ Pegasus in the $3-million Turf, Smiling Tiger, Kinsale King and Supreme Summit in the $2-million Sprint, Jaycito, J P’s Gusto and Riveting Reason in the $2-million Juvenile, The Usual Q.T. and Sidney’s Candy in the $2-million Mile, Dakota Phone, Crown of Thorns and Hurricane Ike in the $1-million Dirt Mile, and Unzip Me, Waveline, California Flag, Quick Enough and Tropic Storm in the $1-million Turf Sprint.
On Friday, Hollywood Park will be represented by Blind Luck in the $2-million Ladies Classic, Izshelegal, A Z Warrior and Tell a Kelly in the $2-million Juvenile Fillies, Éclair de Lune, Harmonious and Hibaayeb in the $2-million Filly & Mare Turf, Evening Jewel, Gabby’s Golden Gal, Sweet August Moon and Switch in the $1-million Filly & Mare Sprint, and Awesome Gem and Romp in the $500,000 Marathon.
Six of the entrants are California-bred: defending champion California Flag and The Usual Q.T., Evening Jewel, Unzip Me, Quick Enough and Waveline.
Seven members of the local jockey colony will ride in the Breeders’ Cup : Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Rafael Bejarano, Joel Rosario, Victor Espinoza, Martin Garcia, David Flores and Patrick Valenzuela.
Jockeys Rafael Bejarano and Joel Rosario, who have dominated the Southern California circuit for the past three years, are ready for another battle during the Hollywood Park Autumn meet that opens tonight (Thursday) and runs through December 19.
Since the Santa Anita winter-spring meet of 2008, Bejarano has won nine of the championships on the major circuit while Rosario has won the other five, including last year’s Autumn meet with 37 wins. Bejarano comes off a 35-34 photo-finish victory over Rosario in the first Oak Tree /Hollywood Park meet that concluded Sunday.
John Sadler will defend honors in the trainer ranks. He led with 15 wins in 2009.
OWNER KEN POSLOSKY DIES AT 84
Ken Poslosky, a thoroughbred owner best known for being in the partnership that campaigned Silic, died Oct. 29, according to his widow, Lucille.
Silic, a French-bred, won the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Gulfstream Park for the partnership of Poslosky, Terry Lanni and Bernie Schiappa.
Trained by Julio Canani and ridden by Corey Nakatani, Silic also won the Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park in 1999 and 2000.
Poslosky, born in St. Louis on February 9, 1926, spent most of his life in the banking business. In addition to Lucille, his wife of 31 years, Poslosky is also survived by two children from a previous marriage.
A private cremation is planned.
FINISH LINES—Paddy Gallagher, trainer of California Cup Classic winner Soul Candy Saturday, said he may return in the $100,000 Grade III Native Diver Handicap at the same distance December 4 or go back to turf…*Mike Puype*, trainer of Mile winner Bruce’s Dream, said he could return in the $250,000 Grade II Citation Handicap November 27…Trainer Art Sherman said that the $75,000-added Cat’s Cradle Handicap December 12 may be on the calendar for the Matron winner…Trainer Eric Kruljac has designs on the $250,000 Grade I La Brea Stakes at Santa Anita for Distaff winner La Nez…Co-owner Gary Barber said that Sprint winner Cost of Freedom will probably return in the $100,000 Grade III Vernon Underwood Stakes November 25 and could be headed to the Golden Shaheen Stakes in Dubai in March…Trainer David Hofmans seeks a record third victory in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies Sunday with Teddy’s Promise. Hofmans won the 1 1/16-mile race with Balance in 2005 and Runway Rosie in 2006… Buenos Dias worked seven furlongs on turf Thursday in 1:28.80 for the $250,000 Grade I Hollywood Turf Cup November 13 for Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally*…Defending champion Fluke worked five furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:01.80 for the $250,000 Grade I Citation Handicap November 27 for trainer *Humberto Ascanio*… Santa Anita Derby runner-up Setsuko, sidelined since May, worked three furlongs this week on the comeback trail for Hall of Fame trainer *Richard Mandella. Mandella turns 60 Friday.
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