Jeranimo Hopes To Bounce Back In Citation; Comma To The Top, Baffert Trio In Underwood

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Posted 11.23.11 at 11:28

2010 CashCall Futurity winner Comma to the Top. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 23, 2011)—Jeranimo, who won the Oak Tree Mile the last time he raced in California, returns from Kentucky for the $250,000 Citation Handicap Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Besides the Grade II Citation, which is run at 1 1/16 miles on turf, the 10 race program includes the $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood, a Grade III at six furlongs over Cushion Track. The Underwood is the sixth and the Citation is the ninth.

Post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. The 11th day of the Autumn meet is Fan Appreciation Day. Various past giveaway items will be available – one per paid admission while supplies last.

Trained by Mike Pender for B. J. Wright, Jeranimo was seventh of 13 in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs after his success at 9-2 in the Grade II Oak Tree Mile.

The Florida bred son of Congaree and the Jeblar mare Jera has won six of 23 and earned $668,400. He is 1-for-2 on the Hollywood Park grass, winning a $48,000 allowance over Fluke and three others Nov. 27, 2010.

Third behind Jeramino in the Oak Tree Mile, John Johny Jak will be aiming for his first graded win. No worse than third in four starts in California, the 4-year-old Wildcat Heir ridgling out of the Saint Ballado mare Pure Adrenalin won the restricted Lure Stakes Nov. 5 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Kristin Mulhall for Kretz Racing LLC, John Johny Jak, who began his career in Florida, has won eight of 23 and banked $284,799.

Second in his comeback in the California Cup Sprint Oct. 29 at Santa Anita, Bob Black Jack will be making his turf debut for owners Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff and trainer Jim Kasparoff.

The 6-year-old Stormy Jack horse and the Native Prospector mare Molly’s Prospector has won five of 12 and earned $704,925. His race in the California Cup Sprint was his first since he captuted the Grade II San Carlos Handicap Feb. 20, 2010 at Santa Anita.

Assessment, who finished a nose behind John Johny Jak when 43-1 in the Lure, will be shooting for his first win of 2011 for Tice Ranch Stables LLC and trainer Vann Belvoir.
A Kentucky bred son of Jump Start and the Silver Ghost mare Native Ghost, the 7-year-old gelding is 9-for-40 lifetime with a bankroll of $487,630. The Citation will be his ninth start of the year.

Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally will try for his third Citation victory when he saddles Buenos Dias.

A 6-year-old Irish bred son of Peintre Celebre and the Rainbow Quest mare Buenos Aires, Buenos Dias has lost 10 in a row since winning an optional claimer over the Hollywood Park turf June 10, 2010. Owned by Charles Cella, the bay has won three of 29 and earned $306,253.

McAnally’s previous wins in this race were with Pewter Grey (second division-1983) and Brave Act (1999).

The Oak Tree Mile trailer, Calimonco will try to rebound for owner-breeders Pam and Marty Wygod and Ballena Vista Farms Inc. and trainer John Sadler. The 5-year-old Storm Cat horse out of the Kris S. mare Sweet Life has won four of 26 and earned $264,466. He defeated John Johny Jak by a nose in the restricted Wickerr when 20-1 July 27 at Del Mar.

Make Music for Me, who owns a win over the Hollywood Park turf, enters off consecutive sixth-place finishes – in the Grade II Clement L. Hirsch Oct. 3 and the Lure – for owners Ellen and Peter O. Johnson Sr. and trainer Alexis Barba.

The 4-year-old Bernstein colt out of the Carson City mare Miss Cheers is 3-for-20 with earnings of $471,520. His local grass victory came by a nose in an allowance Dec. 12, 2010.

War Element will make his graded stakes debut in the Citation for owner-breeders Mr. and Mrs. Warren B. Williamson and trainer Carla Gaines.

The 4-year-old War Chant gelding and the Great Commotion mare Blending Element has won twice in four races, banking $74,049. He finished fourth in the Lure.

Leroy’s Dynameaux will be returning to his favorite turf course for owner-breeder Ellenay Racing Inc. and trainer Mark Glatt. The 4-year-old Leroidesanimaux gelding and the Dynaformer mare Dyna Peak has won three of 15 and earned $199,852. Two of his wins have occurred on the Hollywood Park turf, including the Grade III Will Rogers – at the Citation distance – June 20, 2010.

From the inside out, the field for the 34th running of the Citation Handicap: Calimonco, Mike Smith rides, 116 pounds; Jeranino, Garrett Gomez, 122; Buenos Dias, Brice Blanc, 113; Leroy’s Dynameaux, Rafael Bejarano, 114; War Element, Joel Rosario, 113; Make Music for Me, Chantal Sutherland, 114; Bob Black Jack, Joe Talamo, 118; Assessment, Daniel Vergara, 115 and John Johny Jak, Victor Espinoza, 118.
Another Hall of Fame trainer, Bob Baffert entered a trio – Euroears, Irrefutable and Quiet Invader – in the Underwood, a race he hasn’t won since 1992 (Gundaghia).

This is scheduled to be the second-to-last start of Euroears’ career. The 7-year-old son of Langfuhr and the Heff mare Unky and Ally will be trying to rebound after two subpar performances in Grade I races.

Owned by James and Marilyn Helzer, Euroears was last of eight in the Vosburgh Oct. 1 at Belmont Park, then was again the trailer in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

A winner of 10 of 21 with earnings of $1,043,894, Euroears will be making his Hollywood Park debut, but he does have a win and a second in two previous appearances over synthetic surfaces.

Owned by Kaleem Shah Inc., Irrefutable trailed in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs less than a month after finishing second in the Grade I Ancient Title at Santa Anita at the Underwood.

Successful in four of 12 with a bankroll of $266,980, the 5-year-old gray son of Unbridled’s Song and the Kingmambo mare Honestly Darling has been second in his two races over Cushion Track.

Quiet Invader was a decisive winner after a layoff of more than 17 months Oct. 30 at Santa Anita. Owned by the Lanni Family Trust and Bernie Schiappa, the 4-year-old Songandaprayer colt out of the Storm Bird mare Beach Bunny is 3-for-7 with earnings of $105,850.

The Underwood will be Quiet Invader’s third start in a graded race. He was fifth in the Grade II San Vicente last year at Santa Anita, then was third in the Grade III Chick Lang May 15, 2010 at Pimlico.

The horse of the meet during the 2010 season at Hollywood Park, Comma to the Top returns for the first time since finishing last in the Kentucky Derby May 7 at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Peter Miller for Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara, the 3-year-old Bwana Charlie gelding out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm has won six of 14 and earned $778,600.

His biggest victory came in the Grade I CashCall Futurity Dec. 18, 2010, the last of three stakes wins in a six week period for the Florida bred. Before the Futurity, he won the Real Quiet and the Grade III Generous on turf.

M One Rifle is back with open company after finishing third in the California Cup Sprint Oct. 29 at Santa Anita. Owned by breeders Ed Bernstein, Bryan Greenspun, Irwin Molasky and trainer Bruce Headley, the 5-year-old gelded son of One Man Army and the Bertrando mare Leanessa has won five of 16 while earning $503,302.

The most recent local win for M One Rifle was a record-setting victory in the Cool Frenchy Stakes May 11. The dark bay covered the five furlongs in a Cushion Track record 55.98 seconds.

A winner twice in five starts since being claimed for $32,000 May 6, Carbonite will be seeking the first graded win of his career. Owned by Anthony Chacon and Paul Mangini, Jr. and trained by Mike Mitchell, the 5-year-old Aldebaran gelding out of the King of Kings mare Queen Mindy is 8-for-17 lifetime with a bankroll of $258,237. He won the Governor’s Cup when last seen at Fairplex Park Sept. 21.

Mitchell will also send out Pacific Ocean, a recent private purchase by JMJ Racing Stables LLC.

A 4-year-old Ghostzapper gelding out of the Unbridled mare Miss Salsa, Pacific Ocean has won three of five and earned $93,199. He’s done all of his running over synthetic surfaces, winning twice at Keeneland and the Bold Venture Stakes July 20 at Woodbine.

Canonize will be making his first start since finishing fourth in the 2010 Underwood.

Owned by Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Ron Ellis, the 5-year-old gelded son of Aldebaran and the Saint Ballado mare Comanche Star has won three of eight and earned $129,184.

Shediak cuts back in distance after finishing a well-beaten third in a Santa Anita allowance at one mile Oct. 21.

Owned by Triple B Farms and trained by Ben Cecil, the 5-year-old French bred gelding has won three of 26 and banked $252,694. He’s by Selkirk and out of the Fairy King mare Shemissa.

From inside out, the field for the 31st Vernon O. Underwood: Pacific Ocean, Joel Rosario rides, 118 pounds; Irrefutable, Mike Smith, 120; Quiet Invader, Chantal Sutherland, 118; Canonize, Victor Espinoza, 116; Shediak, Hector Berrios, 120; Comma to the Top, Garrett Gomez, 120; Carbonite, Martin Garcia, 118; Euroears, Rafael Bejarano, 126 and M One Rifle, Joe Talamo, 118.

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