INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 13, 2012)—Monument will try for his third win against California breds in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The inaugural running of the King Glorious, which is part of the Golden State Series for California bred or sired horses, is the feature on the final day of the Autumn meet. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.
Scheduled for seven furlongs over Cushion Track, the King Glorious, which is for 2-year-olds, is the ninth of 11 races.
During the afternoon, gift cards and other special prizes will be given away in drawings held between each race.
Owned by breeders Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable and trained by John Sadler, Monument has yet to lose against fellow state breds. The Cindago colt out of the Beautiful Crown mare Grant Marty a Wish defeated $40,000 maidens in his debut Aug. 2 at Del Mar and won the California Cup Juvenile Oct. 13 at Santa Anita.
Monument has one win in three starts against open company and has a bankroll of $195,500. He won a starter allowance in his second career outing Aug. 22 at Del Mar before finishing second behind Carving, who is entered in Saturday’s Grade I CashCall Futurity, in the C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes Sept. 12 at Fairplex Park.
In his first appearance in a graded race, Monument finished last in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.
Graduation Stakes winner Strong Wind returns to the scene of his maiden victory for trainer Steve Knapp and a partnership that includes Roncelli Family Trust and Bill and Sue Tomasic.
A son of Tribal Rule and the Memo mare Chalk Face, Strong Wind won by 6 ¼ lengths against state bred maidens June 30 at Betfair Hollywood Park. The chestnut is 2-for-8 with earnings of $137,360.
Claimed for $16,000 Sept. 15 at Golden Gate Fields by Vegas Racing Team LLC and trainer Carl O’Callaghan, Hazardous comes off a fourth place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
The Candy Ride gelding out of the Malek mare Malley Girl has two wins in four attempts and a bankroll of $54,380.
Havoc returns from Northern California after remaining perfect in his second start in a starter allowance Nov. 23 at Golden Gate.
An Exchange Rate gelding out of the Saratoga Six mare Itsayesthing defeated $30,000 maidens in his Oct. 18 bow at Santa Anita and was claimed out of the victory by trainer Bill Morey for the Joseph P. Morey Jr. Revocable Trust. He’s earned $26,040.
Surfcup will shorten up and switch surfaces after a first out maiden win at one mile on turf Nov. 23. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for owner-breeder Don Dizney, the Unusual Heat colt out of the Runaway Groom mare Omi Princess banked $27,000 for the nose score, accomplished after a slow start.
Fighting Hussar and Lovmeister, who finished 1-3 in a state bred allowance Nov. 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park, return in the King Glorious.
Owned by B G Stable and trainer Hector Palma, Fighting Hussar has won two of five and earned $88,200. Supplemented at a total cost of $3,000, the gray is a son of Rockport Harbor and the Regal Classic mare Lightning Pace.
A Nineeleven colt out of the West by West mare Walk West, Lovmeister will be trying to end a seven race losing streak for trainer Walther Solis and owners Patsy London, John Winters, Templeton Horses LLC and breeder Terry Lovingier.
Lovmeister hasn’t won since he defeated state bred maidens by a half-length as the 13-10 favorite in his debut April 29 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Solis and the same partnership will also be represented by Awesome Annie, the lone filly in the field.
A daughter of Awesome Gambler and the Mane Minister mare Cars and Cigars, Awesome Annie has one win in eight starts and a bankroll of $93,740.
Completing the King Glorious lineup are Tiz a Minister, Back to Bako and Weewinnin.
Trained by Paul Aguirre for S.A.Y. Racing LLC, Tiz a Minister has one win in six starts and earnings of $63,780. The Ministers Wild Cat colt out of the Cee’s Tizzy mare Tiz a Mistress won his most recent start Nov. 11 over Cushion Track.
Owned by breeders John Harris and Don Valpredo and trained by Blake Heap, Back to Bako has been second in all three races, earning $33,000. The son of Aragorn and the Arazi mare Escape With Me was most recently defeated by Tiz a Minster when the 2-1 favorite last month.
A Comic Strip colt out of the Roman Dancer mare Honoree Lady, Weewinnin has one win in two starts and earnings of $15,900. Trained by Brian Koriner for a partnership that includes E-Racing.com, Jill and Dr. William Gray and Janet Lyons, Weewinnin has been idle since finishing fourth in the Graduation Stakes Aug. 1 at Del Mar.
From inside out, the field for the Soviet Problem Stakes: Lovmeister, Martin Pedroza rides, 117 pounds; Hazardous, Garrett Gomez, 115; Awesome Annie, Orlando Mojica, 117; Strong Wind, Joe Talamo, 119; Fighting Hussar, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Monument, Juan Hernandez, 121; Back to Bako, Mike Smith, 115; Weewinnin, Jose Valdiva, Jr., 115; Surfcup, Martin Garcia, 117; Havoc, Aaron Gryder, 115 and Tiz a Minister, Tyler Baze, 117.
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