Several Betfair Hollywood Park stakes winners brought a pretty penny at the just-concluded Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Lady of Shamrock, winner of seven of 18 starts including the Grade I American Oaks in 2012, received a final bid of $2 million from brothers Gerard and Alain Wertheimer. The daughter of Johannesburg had been trained by John Sadler and raced for Hronis Stable.
Star Billing, heroine of the Grade I Matriarch in 2012 and third in the American Oaks earlier that year, went under the hammer for $2.6 million. The Dynaformer mare’s new owner is Mt. Brilliant Farm. She campaigned for owner/breeder George Krikorian and trainer John Shirreffs.
Miss Empire, who took the 2012 Cinderella Stakes, went to Brushwood Stable for $625,000. Peter Miller trained the half-sister to five-time stakes winner Bordonaro.
Several days earlier at the sale, Zenyatta’s half-sister Eblouissante went for $2 million as part of the Eric Kronfeld dispersal. Eblouissante won by 4 ¼ lengths in her debut last Nov. 16 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Jockey Orlando Mojica will be the guest of co-hosts Michael Burns and George Ortuzar for the next Escogiendo Ganadores (Picking Winners) session Saturday.
The Spanish-language handicapping seminar will be offered every Saturday throughout the Autumn meet, which continues through Sunday, Dec. 22.
Mojica, Burns and Ortuzar will discuss the jockey’s career as well as the Betfair Hollywood Park card, including the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
Escogiendo Ganadores begins at 11 a.m. at the Paddock Tote Board.
Television Games Network (TVG) analyst Gino Buccola picks up at 11:30 a.m. with the Hollywood Insider. The half-hour seminar features special guests, handicapping tips and last-minute changes to the day’s card.
Several stakes runners worked out last week in preparation for upcoming assignments.
Ciao Bella Luna, one of the contenders in Sunday’s Cat’s Cradle Handicap, worked a half mile in 48 seconds Nov. 13 at Betfair Hollywood Park. Winner of the Grade II Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland, Ciao Bella Luna will be making her first start for trainer Peter Miller. The daughter of Tribal Rule also finished second to Iotapa in the Railbird Stakes during the Spring/Summer meet.
Sweet Lulu, winner of the Grade I Test at Saratoga, went a half-mile in 47 2/5 under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer Nov. 10. The Mr. Greeley filly won her first two starts at Betfair Hollywood Park earlier this year. Her next start has yet to be determined.
Blueskiesnrainbows was back on the track Nov. 9 for his first workout since finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon. The 4-year-old English Channel colt, also trained by Hollendorfer, breezed an easy half-mile on Cushion Track in 52 flat.
Grade II San Clemente Stakes winner Wishing Gate drilled four furlongs in 50 flat for trainer Tom Proctor prepping for a start in the Grade I, $250,000 Matriarch Dec. 1.
Bob Baffert, another Hall of Fame trainer, sent out a pair of his female stars. Executiveprivilege, a Grade I winner as a 2-year-old, sped five furlongs in 1:00 4/5 Nov. 11 at Santa Anita, while multiple graded stakes winner Fiftyshadesofhay was timed in 1:00 2/5 for the same distance.
CLOSING STRIDES*—According to *Dan Ward, assistant trainer to Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief came out of his victory in last Sunday’s Grade III Hollywood Prevue Stakes in great shape and is on course for the Grade I, $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity Dec. 14………Saturday’s commemorative coin giveaway celebrates the Vanity Handicap. Zenyatta, 2010 Horse of the Year, won the prestigious race for fillies and mares an unprecedented three years in a row (2008-2010). The commemorative souvenirs celebrate great stakes races in Betfair Hollywood Park’s 75-year history and will be given away – one per paid admission while supplies last — every Saturday and closing day (Sunday, Dec. 22)…*Jerry Davis*, an outrider on the Southern California racing circuit for 25 years, passed away Nov. 10 in Oklahoma due to complications of emphysema. No services are planned for Davis, who retired in 1996…….. John Sadler and Rafael Bejarano jumped out to big early leads in the trainer and jockey standings, respectively. Sadler, who captured the Spring/Summer title, won five races opening week, two more than Doug O’Neill, Bob Baffert and Peter Miller. Bejarano won 10 races in the first five days, doubling Joe Talamo’s total………*Harris D. Auerbach*, managing partner of the Unusual Heat syndicate, announced that the prolific stallion will once again stand at Harris Farms in Coalinga for a $20,000 fee to approved mares only………The popular Pick Six Saturday continued its perfect streak of reaching the $150,000 guarantee last week. The promotion will be offered every Saturday through Dec. 21. A bonus of a new Toyota Prius will be awarded to a single winning ticket purchased on track or through TVG…Query: What do the New York Yankees and Federal Express have in common? Apparently, a no beard policy. Turns out, when Federal Express air transports horses, grooms are not allowed to have any facial hair. At least the Yankees allow moustaches…..After the first two days of Show Me the Money, 797 contestants remained alive for the $2,500 winner-take-all prize.
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