Adam Kitchingman, who capped a big week with a victory in Saturday’s Came Home Stakes with Let Em Shine, left Sunday morning for a cruise to Alaska with wife Christie.
“I took them to the airport this morning,” said assistant trainer Hector Rangel. “They’re flying to Washington, then taking the cruise to Alaska.”
Rangel, who has worked for Kitchingman for 10 years, said Let Em Shine returned well and was “fresh” Sunday morning.
Kitchingman also won the first three races May 9 with Bodaway, Pleasant Miss and Miceli. Edwin Maldonado was aboard for all four victories.
To illustrate how good his luck is running, Kitchingman won an 11-way shake for Cook Inlet, who finished second in Friday’s first race.
HOLLENDORFER TRIO SET FOR MARJORIE L. EVERETT
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Sunday he’ll start three of the four females he nominated to Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap at 1 1-16 miles on Cushion Track.
The trio is headed by Halo Dolly, who registered her 15th lifetime victory in the Grade III Wilshire Handicap on turf April 28. The 5-year-old daughter of Popular has scored nine times on grass, but is equally at home on over synthetic surfaces, where she’s won four of 10.
Also representing Hollendorfer will be Lady of Fifty, winner of the Grade II Bayakoa Stakes over this track last Dec. 8 and Sister Kate, victorious in the Santa Lucia Stakes April 14 at Santa Anita.
Hollendorfer also indicated that Ciao Bella Luna, will return in the $70,000-added Railbird Stakes – an ungraded race for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs over Cushion Track – May 19. In her most recent appearance, Ciao Bella Luna rallied from far back for a 7-1 upset victory in the Grade II Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 14.
Also preparing for the Railbird is Iotapa, who worked 6 furlongs on Cushion Track Sunday in 1:12 2/5. The daughter of Afleet Alex was claimed for $50,000 by John Sadler out of a winning debut a year ago, returned with an allowance victory in February, then was second to Eclipse Award winner Beholder in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 6.
“She’s doing great,” said Sadler. “We’ve been saving her for this race.”
FRANKEL INFLUENCE STILL STRONG IN HOLLYWOOD PARK JOCKEY COLONY
Though he passed away from lymphoma November 16, 2009, legendary Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel’s influence is still felt in the Betfair Hollywood Park rider colony.
Rafael Bejarano, who reached the 3,000 winner milestone Saturday with a victory astride Ondine, came to Betfair Hollywood Park in 2007 specifically to ride first-call for Frankel.
That same year, then 17-year-old apprentice Joe Talamo took a detour from a one-week stay in New York to head west at the behest of Frankel. The hot bug boy from Louisiana was all set to put down roots in the Big Apple when Frankel convinced him to make the move. Talamo didn’t even have a place to live at the time, so he stayed at Frankel’s West Los Angeles home.
Just 11 days after Frankel’s death, Talamo was at the controls of Fluke, who scored an emotional victory in the Grade I Citation Handicap for new trainer and longtime Frankel assistant Humberto Ascanio.
In the Citation winner’s circle, Talamo was quoted as saying; “This is very emotional for me. Bobby’s the one who brought me out here. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be here.”
Heading into Sunday’s card, Bejarano and Talamo are atop the standings with 17 and 13 victories, respectively.
TOM KNUST IS A BUSY MAN THESE DAYS
Tom Knust, who is the agent for both Kevin Krigger and the currently-sidelined Patrick Valenzuela, has a lot on his plate these days.
The agent recently wrote, directed and developed a 90-minute movie called “The Bar,” which was shot entirely at Bryan Carney’s 100 to 1 club in Arcadia.
“The movie has a cast of all race track people and features Richie Silverstein (agent, Martin Pedroza) and George Ortuzar (jockey agent and Betfair Hollywood Park promotions manager),’’ said Knust.
“The preview will be held Wednesday, May 29 at the Kirkorian Theater in Monrovia. The ticket price will be $20 and all proceeds will go to (injured rider) Joy Scott.”
Details on ticket distribution will be announced shortly.
Knust said Krigger will remain in Baltimore to help Doug O’Neill prepare Goldencents for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Knust also revealed that Valenzuela is recuperating from knee surgery performed three weeks ago. “The prognosis is a three to four month recovery,’’ said Knust. “Pat wants to make it back for Del Mar, but that will be up to the doctors.”
CLOSING STRIDES—Rafael Bejarano, who reached the 3,000 win milestone Saturday with Ondine, also posted his 2,000th victory at Betfair Hollywood Park aboard Good Time Sally, October 14, 2009………Posing for pictures with Bejarano in the winner’s circle were good friends and fellow jockeys Julien Leparoux and Orlando Mojica …….Celebrating her birthday is Southern California training fixture Carla Gaines, who turned 61 Sunday……..Doug O’Neill texted from Pimlico that Goldencents is “doing great,” but will not work on Monday as previously thought. The trainer said the 3-year-old will gallop up to Saturday’s Preakness Stakes……. Jerry Hollendorfer reported that Smart Strike, second in the Senorita Stakes, came out of the race fine. Hollendorfer trails fellow Hall of Famer Bob Baffert by one (9-8) in the trainer standings………Into Sunday’s card, there were 311 contestants alive in the $2,500 winner-take-all Show Me the Money Contest.
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