INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 7, 2013)—Kobe’s Back, an impressive winner in his debut in the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes during the Spring/Summer meet, returns in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade III for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs over Cushion Track, the Hollywood Prevue is the third of nine races. Post time Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable and trained by John Sadler, Kobe’s Back overcame a horrible start to win the Proctor going away June 15, prevailing by 3 ¼ lengths over Willie B Awesome and seven other juveniles.
Purchased for $480,000 in March at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company in Florida, the gray son of Flatter and the Well Decorated mare Well earned $60,000 for his win as the 9-5 favorite.
In his final major drill for the Prevue, Kobe’s Back worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:12 1/5 Oct. 30. It was the best of eight works at the distance that morning at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Shared Belief ships to Southern California after a seven-length win – worth $16,200 – in his Oct. 19 debut at Golden Gate Fields.
A Candy Ride gelding out of the Storm Cat mare Common Hope, Shared Belief was purchased privately after the maiden score by a partnership including television and radio personality Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC, Alex Solis II, George Todaro, Jason Litt and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 1988 Prevue with King Glorious.
Papa Turf upset heavily-favored Kristo to earn his maiden victory Sept. 28 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Jim Kasparoff for De Sha Horse Racing, LLC and Calvin Nguyen, the Yes It’s True colt out of the Saint Ballado mare Wadena has banked $30,300 in two starts. Papa Turf finished fifth in his Aug. 28 initiation at Del Mar.
Brother Soldier finished fourth of five in the Speakeasy Stakes Oct. 14 a little more than three weeks after he was a first out winner at Barretts Race Meet at Fairplex.
A Brother Derek colt out of the Bertrando mare Desert Drama, Brother Soldier, who is trained by Craig Dollase, has earned $25,800 for J K Racing, LLC.
Golden Dynamo needed five starts to collect his first win, defeating $40,000 claimers by 7 ¼ lengths when stretched to a mile Oct. 11 at Santa Anita.
Owned by Penley Leonard and trained by Robert Leonard, Golden Dynamo has earned $18,000. He’s a gelded son of Borrego and the Expelled mare Senorita Jazzy.
From inside out, the field for the 32nd Hollywood Prevue Stakes: Papa Turf, Edwin Maldonado rides, 116 pounds; Shared Belief, Corey Nakatani, 116; Brother Soldier, Joe Talamo, 116; Kobe’s Back, Rafael Bejarano, 122 and Golden Dynamo, Julien Couton, 116.
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