INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 26, 2013)—Jeranimo will try to become the first repeat winner of the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile in 13 years when he takes on four opponents Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The grassy Shoemaker Mile is the more lucrative of two Grade I events being offered Saturday.
Defending champion Camp Victory, multiple graded stakes winner Comma to the Top and Grade I winner Jimmy Creed top the field in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, which is run at seven furlongs over Cushion Track. The Shoemaker is the third of 10 races while the Triple Bend is the ninth.
The Shoemaker Mile and the Triple Bend are Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’ events. The BC nominated winner of the Mile earns a fees-waived berth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile while the BC nominated winner of the Triple Bend receives a fees-paid spot in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Both of those races will be run Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
Post time Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
This will also be the seventh of nine Saturdays during the Spring/Summer meet offering a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000.
If the Pick Six pool exceeds $200,000 on any of the selected Saturdays – which also include July 6 and July 13 – there will be $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials offered at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.
Additionally, a single winning ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG)- will earn a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
Owned by Robert V. LaPenta and B.J. Wright and trained by Mike Pender, Jeranimo won the 2012 Shoe Mile by 1 ¼ lengths, rallying from last at nearly 9-1.
A 7-year-old son of Congaree and the Jeblar mare Jera, Jeramino has won nine of 33 and banked $1,202,864. The last horse to repeat in the race was 1999 and 2000 winner Silic.
A triple Grade II winner in the United States, Obviously will seek his most significant victory for owners Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino and trainer Mike Mitchell.
The Irish bred dominated five opponents in his return to Betfair Hollywood Park last month, winning the Grade II American Handicap by 2 ½ lengths May 25.
A gelded son of Choisir and the Montjeu mare Leala, the 5-year-old has won seven of 14 and earned $668,361.
Za Approval, who has won three of four in 2013, will make his first start in California for owner-breeder Live Oak Plantation and trainer Christophe Clement.
A 5-year-old gelded son of Ghostzapper and the With Approval mare Win Approval, Za Approval enters off a pair of Grade III successes. The gray won the Appleton by one length March 30 at Gulfstream Park prior to a three-quarters of a length victory in the Red Bank May 18 at Monmouth Park.
The Kentucky bred, who has won half of his eight starts on turf at the Shoemaker distance, is 6-for-13 with earnings of $302,165.
Wilkinson, who has won both of his races over the local grass, steps up after winning an optional claimer by a half-length May 2.
Trained by Jeff Mullins for owner Edward K. Gaylord II, the 5-year-old Lemon Drop Kid horse out of the Afternoon Deelites mare Tasha’s Delight has six wins in 23 outings and earnings of $407,998.
The biggest victory for the Kentucky bred came in the 2012 American Handicap. Wilkinson won by 1¼ lengths at 44-1 in his first start for Mullins, who won the 2005 Shoemaker Mile with Castledale.
Lucayan was second behind Obviously in his U.S. debut in the American.
Trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale for Pandora Stud, LLC, the 4-year-old son of Turtle Bowl and the Grand Lodge mare La Vitava has won three of nine. The French bred has banked $435,275.
A win by Lucayan would be the fourth in the Shoemaker Mile for Drysdale. The trainer scored with Labeeb in 1998 as well as Irish Prize (2001) and Aragorn (2006).
From inside out, the field for the Shoemaker Mile: Jeranimo, Rafael Bejarano rides, 124 pounds; Za Approval, Victor Espinoza, 124; Wilkinson, Martin Pedroza, 124; Lucayan, Julien Leparoux, 124 and Obviously, Joe Talamo, 124.
Camp Victory could make some history if he were to win the Triple Bend again for Mitchell and owners Roger Featherston, Gordon Jacobsen, Tom Miller and Lux Frost.
The only repeat winner of the race, which will be run for the 62nd time Saturday, is Porterhouse, who won in 1955 and 1956 – when the race was called the Lakes and Flowers Handicap – for Llangollen Farm and trainer Charlie Whittingham.
Camp Victory, a 10-1 shot, upset The Factor in the Triple Bend a year ago, one day after Mitchell underwent brain surgery at USC Medical Center.
Third in the Grade III Los Angeles Handicap May 27 in his first start at Betfair Hollywood Park since the Triple Bend, Camp Victory, a 6-year-old gelded son of Forest Camp and the Clever Trick mare Victory Trick, has won eight of 28 and earned $562,986.
One of 36 horses to win at least five stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, Comma to the Top will be shooting for his third stakes success of the Spring/Summer meet.
Owned by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara and trained by Peter Miller, the 5-year-old Bwana Charlie gelding won the Cool Frenchy May 4 and the Grade III Los Angeles Handicap May 27, going gate-to-wire on both occasions.
Out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm, Comma to the Top is 14-for-31 with earnings of $1,293,406.
The last horse to win both the Los Angeles and Triple Bend in the same year was Street Boss in 2008.
Jimmy Creed will be aiming for his first Betfair Hollywood Park stakes victory for B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm LLC and Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.
The 4-year-old Distorted Humor colt out of the Citidancer mare Hookedonthefeelin won the Grade I Malibu Stakes last Dec. 26 at Santa Anita and followed with a victory as the 6-5 favorite in the Grade II Potrero Grande April 6.
A winner of four of eight, Jimmy Creed, who has earned $403,000, broke his maiden over Cushion Track in the second start of his life last July 4.
Rail Trip, who has been first or second in nine of 10 starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track, will be making his 8-year-old debut Saturday.
Idle since finishing second behind Tapizar in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile last Nov. 3, the gelded son of Jump Start and the Carson City mare Sweet Trip will be making his initial start at seven furlongs.
The surprise winner of the 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup, Rail Trip has nine wins in 23 races and earnings of $1,508,790 for Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable and trainer Ron Ellis.
Closing in on 1,000 career wins – 996 through June 23 – Ellis will also be represented by Centralinteligence.
Owned by a partnership that includes Amerman Racing Stables LLC, Bongo Racing Stable, Gary Finder and Elias Sabo, the 5-year-old gelded son of Smarty Jones and the Seattle Slew mare Shootforthestars has won three of 11.
Second in the Los Angeles Handicap, the Kentucky bred has earned $158,921.
After consecutive fourth place finishes on turf in the Grade III San Simeon April 20 and the American Handicap, Drill returns to the surface of his last win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
A 4-year-old son of Lawyer Ron and the Storm Cat mare Cat Dancer, Drill has lost five in a row since taking the Grade III Lazaro Barrera Memorial May 12, 2012.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Drill has won four of 16 and earned $464,960.
Baffert is a three-time winner of the Triple Bend – Letthebighossroll (1996), Zenzational (2009) and E Z’s Gentleman (2010).
Tres Borrachos returns to Southern California and cuts back in distance after trailing in the Grade III All American Stakes May 27 at Golden Gate Fields.
The 2008 Swaps Stakes winner has won five of 47 in his career and earned $1,029,723. Marty Jones trains the Ecton Park gelding out of the Peteski mare Pete’s Fancy for George Hicker and Button Stable.
If Tres Borrachos springs the upset Saturday over a surface on which he has earned three of his victories, the Kentucky bred would become the second 8-year-old to win the Triple Bend. Letthebighossroll was that age when he won for Pegram and Baffert.
Morning Line returns from a layoff of more than a year for William S. Farish, Dixiana Stables and Thoroughbreds Legends Racing Stable and trainer John Shirreffs.
The 6-year-old son of Tiznow and the A.P. Indy mare Indian Snow has been away since trailing in the 2012 Californian. The winner of the Grade II Mervyn LeRoy Handicap in his Betfair Hollywood Park debut May 5, 2012, Morning Line finished 16 lengths behind winner Game On Dude in the Grade II Californian June 2.
A winner of five of 14 with a bankroll of $1,221,300, Morning Line is 1-for-1 at the Triple Bend distance. The Kentucky bred won the Grade I Carter Handicap April 9, 2011 at Aqueduct when trained by Hall of Famer Nick Zito.
Cyclometer will be making his first appearance in a graded stakes for a partnership that includes breeders Andrew and Irwin Molasky and trainer Bruce Headley.
A 5-year-old Cyclotron horse out of the Easter Echo mare Moana Loa, Cyclometer has won three of 11 and banked $189,464. In his first start of the Spring/Summer meet, the California bred finished second behind Points Offthebench in an optional claimer May 27.
Headley is seeking his third Triple Bend victory, having won previously with Son of a Pistol (1998) and Street Boss (2008).
From inside out, the field for the Triple Bend Handicap: Morning Line, Julien Leparoux rides, 119 pounds; Jimmy Creed, Gary Stevens, 122; Rail Trip, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 117; Comma to the Top, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Drill, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Cyclometer, Mike Smith, 113; Centralinteligence, Victor Espinoza, 114; Tres Borrachos, Alex Bisono, 115 and Camp Victory, Joe Talamo, 116.
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