Comma To The Top, Smiling Tiger Back At Favorite Venue

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Posted 11.29.12 at 11:42

Smiling Tiger winning the 2011 Triple Bend under Joel Rosario. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 29, 2012)—Comma to the Top, who earned the most significant victory of his career at Betfair Hollywood Park, will cut back in distance when he faces multiple graded stakes winner Smiling Tiger and five others in the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes Sunday.

A Grade III at six furlongs over Cushion Track, the Underwood is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara and trained by Peter Miller, Comma to the Top won three stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in a span of six weeks in 2010, including the Grade I CashCall Futurity.

The 4-year-old gelded son of Bwana Charlie and the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm has won 10 of 23 and would become a millionaire with a win in the Underwood. He’s banked $961,696.

Comma to the Top has won three of six in 2012, including a half-length victory as the 7-5 favorite in the restricted Big Bear Handicap at one mile Oct. 21 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Jeff Bonde for owners Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz, Smiling Tiger is winless in four starts this year, but does come off a third place finish at nearly 21-1 in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 3. The 5-year-old finished three lengths behind winner Trinniberg.

A son of Hold That Tiger and the Cahill Road mare Shandra Smiles, Smiling Tiger has won eight of 22 and earned $1,420,704. Three of his wins have come in four starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park main, including a 3 ¼ length victory in the Grade I Triple Bend Handicap in 2011.

If Comma to the Top is going to win for a fourth time over Cushion Track and Smiling Tiger is going to snap a six race losing streak, they are going to have to defeat a foursome – Bank the Eight, Capital Account, Fast Bullet and Smash – from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won this race in 1992 with Gundaghia.

Owned by Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stable LLC, Bank the Eight returned from 3 ½ months on the sidelines to win an optional claimer by 5 ¾ lengths in his Cushion Track debut Nov. 10.

A 5-year-old Distorted Humor horse out of the A.P. Indy mare Zori, Bank the Eight has won five of 10 and has a bankroll of $161,590. This will be his first appearance in a graded race.

Twelfth of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Capital Accout is undefeated in two local starts, defeating maidens in his career bow June 26, 2010 and winning an optional claimer June 22.

Owned by Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable, the 5-year-old son of Closing Argument and the Private Account mare Accountess has won five of 11 and earned $397,080. He won the Grade II Pat O’Brien Handicap in August at Del Mar.

Fast Bullet, who finished sixth in the BC Sprint, has won two of three for Zayat Stables LLC. The 4-year-old Speightstown colt out of the Dayjur mare Renfro Valley has earned $55,800. He won an allowance race by 3 ¾ lengths as the 3-10 favorite in his lone try at Betfair Hollywood Park Nov. 12, 2011.

Smash, who has won three of four over Cushion Track, will be making his first start in more than 11 months for Kaleem Shah, Inc.

A 4-year-old son of Smart Strike and the Dixieland Band mare Dixieland Holiday, Smash has won three of six and has earned $137,400. He has been idle since finishing seventh in the Grade I Malibu last Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.

Completing the field is Private Zone, who finished second in the Damascus Stakes Nov. 3 at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old Macho Uno gelding out of the Siphon mare Auburn Beauty has won three of 13. Doug O’Neill trains the Canadian bred for Great Friends Stable.

From inside out, the field for the 32nd Vernon O. Underwood Stakes: Capital Account, David Flores rides, 124 pounds; Smash, Martin Garcia, 114; Fast Bullet, Joe Talamo, 114; Smiling Tiger, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Bank the Eight, Garrett Gomez, 118; Comma to the Top, Corey Nakatani, 120 and Private Zone, Martin Pedroza, 116.

Comma To The Top y Smiling Tiger Regresan A Su Escenario Preferido

Comma to the Top, quien logró el mejor triunfo de su campaña en Betfair Hollywood Park, bajará de distancia cuando se enfrente ante el múltiple ganador de grupo Smiling Tiger y cinco otros rivales en el $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes el Domingo.

El Underwood carrera de Grado III a tramitarse sobre la distancia de 1,200 metros sobre la pista sintética, es la octava de nueve competencias. La primera carrera largará a las 12:30 p.m. Las puertas abrirán a las 10 a.m. para el simulcast.

De propiedad de Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum y Kevin Tsujihara y entrenado por Peter Miller, Comma to the Top ganó tres clásicos en Betfair Hollywood Park en un espacio de seis semanas en el 2010, incluso el Grado I CashCall Futurity.

El 4-años castrado por Bwana Charlie en madre Maggies Storm, por Stormy Atlantic ha ganado 10 de 23 y se convertiría en millonario con un triunfo en el Underwood. Ha acumulado $961,696.

Comma to the Top ha ganado tres de seis en el 2012, incluso una victoria por medio cuerpo como el 7-5 favorito en el restringido Big Bear Handicap sobre una milla el 21 de Oct. en Santa Anita.

Preparado por Jeff Bonde para sus propietarios Alan Klein y Philip Lebherz, Smiling Tiger cuenta con cero victorias en cuatro actuaciones este año, pero viene de llegar tercero cotizado casi 21-1 en el Grado I Breeders’ Cup Sprint el 3 de Nov. El 5-años remató tres cuerpos detrás del vencedor Trinniberg.

Un hijo de Hold That Tiger en madre Shandra Smiles, por Cahill Road, Smiling Tiger cuenta con ocho triunfos sobre 22 actuaciones y ha sumado $1,420,704. Tres de sus triunfos en cuatro actuaciones fueron sobre la pista sintética de Betfair Hollywood Park , incluso una destacada victoria por 3 ¼ cuerpos en el Grado I Triple Bend Handicap en el 2011.

Ya sea que Comma to the Top vaya a ganar por cuarta vez sobre la pista sintética o que Smiling Tiger vaya a quebrar una racha perdedora de seis presentaciones, en cualquier caso van a tener que vencer a un cuarteto – Bank the Eight, Capital Account, Fast Bullet y Smash – procedentes del poderoso establo del Miembro del Salón de la Fama Bob Baffert, ganador de esta carrera en 1992 con el veloz Gundaghia.

De propiedad de Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stable LLC, Bank the Eight reapareció después de 3 ½ meses de ausencia para ganar un optional claimer por 5 ¾ cuerpos en su debut sobre el Cushion Track el 10 de Nov.

Un 5-años por Distorted Humor en madre Zori, Bank the Eight ha ganado 5 de 10 y acumulado $161,590 en premios. Esta será su primera participación en una carrera de grupo.

Décimo segundo de 14 en el Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Capital Account está invicto en dos presentaciones localmente, derrotando a perdedores en su debut el 26 de Junio, 2010 y ganando optional claimer el 22 de Junio del presente año.

De propiedad de Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable, el 5-años hijo Closing Argument en madre Accountess, por Private Account, es ganador de cinco sobre 11 salidas y suma $397,080. Ganó el Grado II Pat O’Brien Handicap en Agosto en Del Mar.

Fast Bullet, quien remató sexto en el BC Sprint, ha ganado dos de tres para Zayat Stables LLC. El potrillo de 4-años por Speightstown en madre Renfro Valley, por Dayjur, suma $55,800 en premios. Ganó un allowance por 3 ¾ cuerpos siendo el 3-10 favorito en su única actuación en Betfair Hollywood Park el 12 de Nov, 2011.

Smash, quien ha ganado tres sobre cuatro actuaciones en el Cushion Track, estará marcando su reaparición después de 11 meses para Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Un 4-años por Smart Strike en madre Dixieland Holiday, por Dixieland Band, Smash suma tres conquistas sobre seis presentaciones y $137,400. No corre desde que finalizó séptimo en el Grado I Malibu el pasado 26 de Dic. en Santa Anita.

Completa la alineación Private Zone, que fue segundo en el Damascus Stakes el 3 de Nov. en Santa Anita. El 3-años castrado Macho Uno en madre Auburn Beauty, por Siphon, ha ganado 3 de 13. Doug O’Neill entrena al criado en Canadá para la caballeriza Great Friends Stable.

De la baranda hacia fuera, los participantes para la edición 32 del Vernon O. Underwood Stakes: Capital Account, David Flores monta, 124 libras; Smash, Martín García, 114; Fast Bullet, Joe Talamo, 114; Smiling Tiger, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Bank the Eight, Garrett Gomez, 118; Comma to the Top, Corey Nakatani, 120 y Private Zone, Martin Pedroza, 116.

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