INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 2, 2012) — 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 9.
The morning start is in conjunction with the simulcast of the 143rd Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.
For the first time since 2008, a Triple Crown will be on the line in the 1 ½ mile Belmont.
I’ll Have Another, who is stabled at Betfair Hollywood Park and broke his maiden in his debut over Cushion Track last July 3, will try to complete the first Kentucky Derby-Preakness-Belmont sweep since Affirmed in 1978.
A 3-year-old son of Flower Alley, I’ll Have Another is owned by J. Paul Reddam, the sponsor of the CashCall Futurity, a Grade I fixture on Betfair Hollywood Park’s Autumn calendar, conditioned by Doug O’Neill, a winner of 10 local training titles, and ridden by Mario Gutierrez.
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.
In commemoration of I’ll Have Another’s bid to make history, Betfair Hollywood Park will offer a shot glass giveaway – one pair per paid admission while supplies last. Courtesy of Television Games Network (TVG), there will be a distribution of free posters – while supplies last – featuring I’ll Have Another.
Additionally, there is a Belmont Dream Contest. Fans on track can enter a free drawing to win a $1,000 win wager on the Belmont participant of their choice.
There are three stakes races on the June 9 card at Betfair Hollywood Park. The headliner is the Grade I, $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap.
Named in honor of the legendary trainer who won a record 222 stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, the 1 ¼ mile turf race is expected to feature the 6-year-old debut of Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011 and a two-time Whittingham winner.
Should the California bred son of Unusual Heat win the race again, Acclamation would match John Henry, who won what was then called the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap in 1980, 1981 and 1984.
The other stakes to be offered are also on grass – the Grade II, $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles and the $70,000 Manhattan Beach for fillies and mares at six furlongs.
Entries for the Whittingham, Honeymoon, Manhattan Beach and the rest of the June 9 program will be taken Wednesday, June 6.
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