INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 21, 2013)—Cyclometer, an impressive winner opening day of the Autumn meet, will aim for his first stakes victory in the $100,000 On Trust Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to older horses bred or sired in California at 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track, the On Trust is the seventh of nine races. Post time Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned and bred by Andrew and Irwin Molasky and trainer Bruce Headley, Cyclometer won an optional claimer Nov. 7, prevailing by 2 ¼ lengths after a pace pressing trip at 6 ½ furlongs.
The win as the 9-5 second choice was the fourth in 15 starts for the 5-year-old son of Cyclotron and the Eastern Echo mare Moana Loa. He’s earned $250,554.
Headley is seeking his third win in the On Trust, which will be offered for the 29th time Sunday. He won the inaugural running with Silveyville in 1984 when it was contested at 1 1/8 miles on turf before winning with Stylish Winner in 1989 when run at one mile on the main track.
Rousing Sermon shortens up a bit in distance after missing by a neck as the 8-5 choice in the Big Bear Stakes Oct. 31 at Santa Anita.
Owned by breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Lucky Pulpit colt out of the Awesome Again mare Rousing Again has won four of 22 and banked $627,842.
The chestnut has been worse than third only once in seven races over Cushion Track, including runner-up finishes behind Liaison in the Real Quiet Stakes and Grade I CashCall Futurity in 2011.
Mobilized will be trying to end an eight-race losing streak for Double JH Stable, Inc. and the Estate of breeder Robert Reseigne and trainer Gary Mandella.
A 7-year-old Soul of the Matter horse out of the Red Ransom mare Valleyofthebells, Mobilized hasn’t won since taking the 2012 Tiznow – at the On Trust distance – by 7 ¼ lengths on the 2012 California Gold Rush program (April 28).
If successful Sunday, Mobilized, who has won six of 30 and earned $415,840, would become the oldest winner in race history. There have been five 6-year-old winners, most recently Greg’s Gold in 2007.
Compari, another 7-year-old, has lost seven consecutive races since taking the Sensational Star Jan. 28, 2012 at Santa Anita for owner-breeders Harris Farms, Inc., John Nicoletti and Don Valpredo and trainer Marty Jones.
A Redattore gelding out of the Dixieland Band mare Southern Charm, Compari is 8-for-21 lifetime with a bankroll of $648,886. He has one win in two starts over Cushion Track, taking the 2009 Snow Chief Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths.
Spirit Rules will try an extra furlong and a half after a last-to-first victory in a $57,390 allowance Nov. 8.
Owned by the Estate of Pete Accardy, Craig Siedler, Jim and Mark Xitco and trainer Paul Aguirre, the 4-year-old Tribal Rule gelding has earned all three of his wins in four starts at Betfair Hollywood Park. Out of the Danzatore mare Heavenly Lady, Spirit Rules has banked $122,098 in seven lifetime outings.
Maybe Tuesday will be making his first start over the local main after defeating $50,000 claimers on the turf Oct 3 at Santa Anita.
Owned by B G Stable, Louis Giordano, Scott Rudolph, Selman Shaby and Joe Thomas, the 5-year-old Tizbud gelding has won seven of 22 and earned $155,052.
Out of the Political Ambition mare Super Tuesday, Maybe Tueday is trained by Jeff Mullins, who won the 2003 On Trust with Excess Summer and a year ago with Killer Bear, who paid a stakes record $32.20.
Starspangled Heat will also be switching surfaces after winning an optional claimer against open company Oct. 26 on the hillside course at Santa Anita.
Trained by Barry Abrams for owner-breeders Madeline Auerbach and Vincenzo Loverso, the 5-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat and Runwway Groom mare Bel Air Belle has five wins in 30 attempts and earnings of $385,632.
Luckarack enters off a fifth-place finish in the California Flag Handicap Oct. 19 at Santa Anita.
A winner of 12 of 38 with earnings of $495,595, the 5-year-old Lucky Pulpit gelding out of the Dehere mare Tamarack Bay – making him a half-brother to 2013 Del Mar Futurity winner Tamarando – is owned by a partnership that includes trainer Mike Pender, Bob Fetkin, David Medina and Jason Wood.
From inside out, the field for the On Trust Handicap: Starspangled Heat, Kevin Krigger rides, 118 pounds; Spirit Rules, Iggy Puglisi, 114; Compari, Joe Talamo, 120; Cyclometer, Mike Smith, 118; Mobilized, Corey Nakatani, 117; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Maybe Tuesday, Aaron Gryder, 114 and Luckarack, Martin Pedroza, 115
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