Get Funky Returns To Defend Kerlan Crown; Racing Resumes With $125,415 Pick Six Carryover

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Posted 06.17.09 at 11:34

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 17, 2009) — Defending champion Get Funky will head a field of nine in the $70,000-added Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap when racing resumes Thursday at Hollywood Park.

The eight-race program will feature a Pick Six carryover of $125,415. First post is at 1 p.m.

Get Funky, owned by Keith Abrahams and trained by John Sadler, rallied to win the six-furlong turf sprint by a head a year ago. Fourth in the El Segundo here May 21 while making his 2009 debut, the 6-year-old horse will break from the inside post under jockey Garrett Gomez in the 21st running of the Kerlan, which lines up as follows:

Get Funky, Gomez up, carries 119 pounds; Delta Storm, Joel Rosario, 119; Cherokee Heaven, Brice Blanc, 115; Wild Diplomat, Joseph Talamo, 113; Candy Pull, Corey Nakatani, 114; Nericon King, Alonso Quinonez, 115; Backbackbackgone, Victor Espinoza, 115; Sky Cape, Rafael Bejarano, 116, and Hewitts, Tyler Baze, 117.

Get Funky, winner of the 2006 Del Mar Derby, has won seven of 19 starts for earnings of $630,923.

Sky Cape, fifth in the El Segundo, has five wins and five seconds in 21 starts for earnings of $343,052. Three of his wins came in succession in 2008 in the Harry Henson at Hollywood Park, the Alcatraz at Golden Gate Fields and in the Grade II La Jolla Handicap at Del Mar.

Backbackbackgone beat older horses here April 22 in the 2009 Harry Henson, his lone race on turf. Seventh in the Laz Barrera in his most recent start, the 3-year-old son of Put It Back has won five of eight starts for earnings of $203,270.

Delta Storm, a winner of ten of 27 starts for earnings of $345,068, will be making his 2009 debut in the Kerlan. The 8-year-old ran well on the Hollywood turf last fall, finishing third in the Hollywood Turf Express and winning an optional claimer at six furlongs in December.

Hewitts finished sixth after pressing the pace on a sloppy track in the Grade II Churchill Downs Handicap last outing. The 5-year-old won his 2009 debut on the turf at Santa Anita and is four-of-15 lifetime.

Cherokee Heaven and Candy Pull both enter following wins at six furlongs on the Hollywood turf; Wild Diplomat steps up in search of his fifth win in 18 starts, and Australian-bred Nericon King makes his North American debut with four wins in seven races.

The Kerlan will run as the seventh race. The racing week begins with free general admission and $1 specials on sodas, hot dogs and beers (from 12 noon until 3 p.m.).

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