Four turf stars trained by H. Graham Motion were flown back from California to his training center in Maryland Sunday morning but Motion plans to send another before the Hollywood Park meet ends next month.
Motion indicated that he would ship Lucky Chappy west for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity, a Grade I test for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track, on December 17.
Lucky Chappy, an Irish-bred colt owned by Team Valor International, finished a closing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf under Joel Rosario in his last start November 5 at Churchill Downs.
By High Chapparal, Lucky Chappy won two of three starts in Italy this summer before joining the Motion stable and finishing third in the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland on October 9.
Owner Arnold Zetcher, whose unbeaten So Brilliant won the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes Thanksgiving Day, said the colt would join Liaison, winner of the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes, in the Futurity.
Both Zetcher-owned colts are trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who is also considering Secret Circle and Sky Kingdom for the Futurity. Baffert has won the Futurity a record five times.
“I’m planning to bring Secret Circle over next week and work him,” said Baffert of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint winner, based at Santa Anita. Sky Kingdom was an impressive winner of a maiden race at 1 1/16 miles here Thursday.
SOMETHING OLD, TWO NEW FOR NATIVE DIVER
Tres Borrachos, a rejuvenated veteran with a history of past success at Hollywood Park, is expected to face two newcomers to the track in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap, a Grade III test at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.
“He worked great yesterday, and he’s run well on this track,” said trainer Marty Jones Sunday in reference to a five-furlong drill in 1:02.60 Saturday.
Tres Borrachos, a 6-year-old gelding, has won just four of 34 lifetime starts, but three of them have been on this surface, including a victory in the 2008 Swaps Stakes. He also finished second in the 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup.
Tres Borrachos awakened from a 13-race losing streak to win the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in July and finish a closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in his last outing. Joel Rosario has the call back.
The two new faces in the Native Diver belong to the well-traveled Eldaafer and Rescue Squad, shipped here from New York by Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey.
“He’ll probably runs if it comes up light,” said trainer Brian Koriner, who has taken over the training of Eldaafer, shipped to Santa Anita after a sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.
Eldaafer, a 6-year-old gelding, won the Breeders’ Cup Marathon in 2010, a year after he captured the Brooklyn Handicap. Victorious in 11 of 32 starts, Eldaafer has raced at 13 different tracks.
Rescue Squad, a 5-year-old horse, has won only three of 16 starts but is two-for-two on synthetic surfaces, including an allowance victory at Keeneland at 1 1/8 miles in his last outing on October 21.
“I think he’s here because he’s done well on Polytrack before,” said Jennifer Patterson, assistant to McGaughey. “This was kind of the next step.
“He’s done great since he got here,” said Patterson of the horse, who was flown here Monday. “He seems to really like the track. He’s going to breeze tomorrow.” Hall of Famer Mike Smith will ride Rescue Squad for the first time.
Trainer John Sadler said he is considering both Gladding, winner of the San Antonio Stakes at Santa Anita, and Kettle Corn, a recent allowance winner, for the Native Diver.
Summer Movie, another Native Diver nominee, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 Sunday.
HOLLENDORFER DUO READY FOR BAYAKOA
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer plans to send out a potent one-two punch of City to City and Washington Bridge in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap, a Grade II test for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track next Sunday.
Washington Bridge won the Bayakoa last year but has been winless in eight starts since and may have to play second fiddle to stablemate City to City.
“City to City is the horse to beat,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer, Sunday. “We were thinking about entering her in the Matriarch (Friday) but decided to wait another week.
City to City, a 4-year-old daughter of City Zip, won the Palomar Handicap at Del Mar in September and finished second to All Star Heart in the Las Palmas Stakes at Santa Anita in her last start November 6.
“Washington Bridge just ran a good third to All Star Heart in her last start (the Swingtime at Santa Anita October 8),” said Ward, hoping the 4-year-old filly is showing signs of ending her slump. “We’ll have a good entry in there.”
Ward was happy with five-furlong works by the pair here Saturday: Washington Bridge in 59.20 seconds and City to City in 1:00.60. Garrett Gomez has the call back on City to City, and Joe Talamo will return on Washington Bridge.
Other probable starters include Bauble Queen (Rafael Bejarano), Champagne d’Oro (Victor Espinoza), Ellafitz (Martin Garcia), Love Theway Youare (Alonso Quinonez) and Miss Mittagong (Joel Rosario).
WEEMISSFRANKIE PROBABLE FOR STARLET
Weemissfrankie, the most accomplished 2-year-old filly in California, will probably run in the $250,000 Hollywood Starlet on December 10, trainer Peter Eurton reported Sunday.
“It’s looking pretty solid,” said Eurton, pleased with a four-furlong work in 47.60 seconds here Saturday. “It seemed like a gallop. She will work again next Saturday.”
Rafael Bejarano has the call back on Weemissfrankie in the Grade I Starlet at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track. The New York-bred daughter of Sunriver finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in her most recent start. She earlier won the Del Mar Debutante and Oak Leaf Stakes, both Grade I races.
FINISH LINES—Trainer Jim Kasparoff confirmed Sunday morning that the career of Bob Black Jack is over after the 6-year-old horse was vanned off the track following a sixth-place finish in the Citation Handicap Saturday. “He tore both branches in his left front suspensory,” said Kasparoff. “It’s different from a previous injury on his other leg. He’s comfortable in his stall. There were no fractures, only muscle tears. There will be no more comebacks. He will probably be here another month until he is comfortable standing. Then we will look somewhere for him to stand stud.” The California-bred won the Grade I Malibu Stakes in 2008, captured five of 13 starts and earned $704,925…Joe Griffin, agent for jockey Daniel Vergara, reported that the jockey was only “a little sore” following a spill when Waltzing With Blue broke down in fourth race Saturday. Vergara was taken to Centinela Hospital for precautionary examination and released. He took off his mounts Sunday…Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally reported that X-rays came back negative on All Star Heart, scratched from the Matriarch Stakes Friday because of soreness in her right front leg…“We’re staying. I like it here!” said trainer Vann Belvoir after recording his first double in Southern California Saturday with Dress Code in the fourth race and Yes It’s Snowing in the fifth. Belvoir, a 38-year-old former jockey, moved to this circuit from Washington state during the summer and currently oversees a 27-horse stable at Santa Anita… John Shear, the 90-year-old security guard who was seriously injured while shielding a young girl from a loose horse in the Santa Anita paddock in March, was a weekend visitor and said he planned to return to work December 26, opening day at Santa Anita…Best wishes for a speedy recovery to veteran Southern California turf writer Art Wilson, who is taking a leave of absence to deal with a health issue.
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