INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 17, 2010)-Hudson Landing, who is undefeated since joining the Bill Morey stable earlier this year, will seek his first graded win in the $100,000 Will Rogers Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
A Grade III at 1 1/16 miles on turf, the Will Rogers attracted eight other 3-year-olds. The race was absent from the schedule in 2009.
Owned by Gene Guelfo, Franklin Lindstrom and Roger and Cindy Newman, Hudson Landing, a son of Maria’s Mon and the Shotiche mare Morning Star, failed to win in his first seven starts while racing in New York and Florida for former trainer Stan Hough.
After shipping to Northern California, Hudson Landing rattled off three wins in a row at Golden Gate. He won versus maidens on Tapeta on April 2, then scored back-to-back victories on turf. The latest win on May 15 was in the Alcatraz. The two who finished directly behind him that day –Dream Nettie and Leroy’s Dynameaux – are also entered in the Will Rogers.
Hudson Landing, who will be ridden by Russell Baze, has won three of 10 and earned $93,224.
Owned by William de Burgh, George Todaro and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Dream Nettie, a gelded son of Dixie Union and the Storm Cat mare Tell It, has won three of 10 while earning $119,800. Prior to his runner-up finish in the Alcatraz, he had won the La Puente on April 10 at Santa Anita.
A gelded son of Leroidesanimaux and the Dynaformer mare Dyna Peak, Leroy’s Dynameaux has a win in three starts for owner-breeder Ellenay Racing, Inc. and trainer Mark Glatt. An earner of $42,800, Leroy’s Dynameaux won at first asking going about 6 ½ furlongs on the grass at Santa Anita on March 26. He finished three-quarters of a length behind Hudson Landing in the Alcatraz.
Trained by Bob Baffert for Zayat Stables LLC, Macias may appreciate a return to turf. The Purge colt out of the Tropular mare Azeina has won twice in four tries on the surface, including a win in both the Baffle and Pasadena earlier in the year at Santa Anita.
Most recently, Macias, who has won four of nine and earned $173,597, was fourth in the Lazaro Barrera Memorial on Cushion Track. He finished 3 ¼ lengths behind winner Smiling Tiger.
Summer Movie, who was also entered in the Affirmed Handicap on Saturday, is expected to start in the Rogers for owner George Krikorian and trainer Art Sherman.
A gray son of Holy Bull and the Summer Squall mare Crazy Summer Fling, Summer Movie has won two of four on grass, including an impressive victory against optional claimers in his first race of 2010 on April 23 at Hollywood Park.
Far back in the Arlington Classic on May 22 at Arlington Park, Summer Movie returned with a best of the morning five furlong work (1:00 1/5) on June 4. Overall, the $120,000 2-year-old purchase has won two of five. He’s earned $53,000.
Like Hudson Landing, Ukandoit is on a three race win streak. A gelded son of Northern Afleet and the Mountain Cat mare Midnight Lightning, Ukandoit has yet to race beyond 6 ½ furlongs for trainer Bill Spawr, who is also co-owner with Tom Sanford. Ukandoit is 1-for-1 on turf, having won down the hill at Santa Anita on April 15. He’s won three of four and banked $71,400.
Who’s Up, who finished ninth of 10 in the Santa Anita Derby in his first race of the year on April 3, will try to remain undefeated on turf. The son of Graeme Hall and the Is It True mare Divine Rockette was 2-for-2 on the surface as a 2-year-old.
One of his victories came in the Generous, a Grade III, last Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park. Owned by M Racing and trained by Jorge Periban, Who’s Up has won two of five. He has earned $93,000. Victor Espinoza, who won the 2007 Will Rogers with Worldly, has the mount.
An Irish bred son of Pivotal and the Barathea mare Barring Order, Bogie won an optional claimer from off the pace in his first start at Hollywood Park on May 19. Paddy Gallagher trains for owner Jon Kelly. Bogie has two wins in four tries. His earnings stand at $54,164.
Alex Solis, who is now competing regularly in Kentucky, will return to Hollywood Park to ride. Solis, who flew in to direct Tanda to a victory in the Railbird Stakes here on May 9, won this race in 2005 aboard Osidy.
Completing the field is Camp Victory. Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Carla Gaines, Camp Victory has won three of eight and earned $65,166. Two of his wins have come on turf and both at Hollywood Park.
His latest score was a wire-to-wire victory against $50,000 claimers on May 12.
From the inside out, here is the field for the 69th Will Rogers: Ukandoit, Mike Smith rides, 115 pounds; Who’s Up, Victor Espinoza, 121; Camp Victory, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Dream Nettie, Joe Talamo, 121; Hudson Landing, Russell Baze, 119; Summer Movie, Tyler Baze, 119; Leroy’s Dynameaux, Joel Rosario, 115; Bogie, Alex Solis, 119 and Macias, Martin Garcia, 117.
The Will Rogers is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m.
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