Competitive Field Set For Inglewood Handicap

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Posted 04.21.11 at 3:10

Liberian Freighter winning the Arcadia Handicap on April 9. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 21, 2011)-Liberian Freighter and Jeranimo, who finished 1-3 in the Arcadia Handicap April 9 at Santa Anita, and multiple graded stakes winner The Usual Q.T. head a field of six in the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap Sunday at Hollywood Park.

A Grade III at 1 1/16 miles on turf, the Inglewood is the seventh of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m.

Hollywood Park will offer an Easter Brunch Chef’s Table Buffet in the Turf Club. The pre-paid cost is $47 for adults, $18 for children 4-17 and 3 and under are free. The price includes admission to the Turf Club, general parking, program, tax, tip, coffee and tea.

Owned by Shawn Dugan, the wife of trainer Neil Drysdale, Charles Winner and breeder King Edward Racing Stable, Liberian Freighter led throughout to win the Arcadia by a half-length at 9-1.

The victory was the ninth in 26 starts for the gelded son of Bertrando and the Slewpy mare Anachristina and increased his earnings to $673,740.

Four of Liberian Freighter’s wins have come over the Hollywood Park turf course. The California bred won the Oak Tree Mile, a Grade II, by a nose here last Oct. 9 when dismissed at 22-1. A victory Sunday would be the second in the Inglewood for Drysdale. The Hall of Fame trainer won with King of Happiness in 2005.

Jeranimo, who finished three-quarters of a length behind Liberian Freighter in the Arcadia, has won five of 18 and earned $504,400 for owner B.J. Wright and trainer Mike Pender.

A 5-year-old son of Congaree out of the Jeblar mare Jera, Jeranimo is 1-for-1 on the grass at Hollywood Park. The Florida bred won an allowance race Nov. 27, 2010. His lone graded win on the surface came in the San Gabriel, a Grade II, last Dec. 27 at Santa Anita.

Owned by Don Van Kempen and Michael Nentwig and trained by Jim Cassidy, The Usual Q.T. has not been worse than second in three races on the Hollywood Park turf.

The California bred son of Unusual Heat and the Western Fame mare Lunge scored the biggest of his two victories locally when taking the 2009 Hollywood Derby, a Grade I, some 17 months ago. The 5-year-old has eight wins in 20 tries with earnings of $1,483,240. The Usual Q.T. has been idle since finishing second to Caracortado in the Sunshine Millions Turf Jan. 29.

Trained by Julio Canani for owner Marsha Naify, Ryehill Dreamer is returning to the scene of his first win in the United States. The Irish bred gelding won an optional claimer by 3 ¼ lengths last Oct. 8 during Oak Tree.

A 5-year-old son of Catcher in the Rye and the Rainbows for Life mare No Way, Ryehill Dreamer has won four of 10 overall and has a bankroll of $186,807. He was an easy gate-to-wire winner against allowance competition in his most recent start March 11 at Santa Anita.

Kelly Leak will be making his initial start around two turns on turf since finishing seventh in the San Francisco Mile April 24, 2010 at Golden Gate Fields. Owned by a partnership that includes Blahut Racing LLC and trained by Mike Machowsky, the 5-year-old gelded son of Runaway Groom and the World Appeal mare Hasty Appeal has four wins in 19 starts. His bankroll is $784,390.

A winner of three of seven on dirt, Honour the Deputy will be making his grass debut for Barnett Stables, Mark DeDomenico LLC and George Todaro and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The 4-year-old gray son of Honour and Glory and the French Deputy mare Deputy’s Delight has earned $87,224.

From inside out, the field for the Inglewood Handicap: Liberian Freighter, Martin Garcia rides, 120 pounds; Honour the Deputy, Joe Talamo, 115; Ryehill Dreamer, Joel Rosario, 115; Kelly Leak, Martin Pedroza, 114; The Usual Q.T., Victor Espinoza, 122 and Jeranimo, Rafael Bejarano, 120.

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