Mensa Heat Seeks On Trust Handicap Repeat

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Posted 11.14.12 at 11:01

Mensa Heat, under Joe Talamo, winning the 2011 On Trust . © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 14, 2012)—Mensa Heat will try to become the third double winner of the On Trust Handicap when he faces seven other California breds Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Scheduled for 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track, the $75,000 On Trust is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m.

The Pick Six pool will be guaranteed at $150,000, as it will be every Saturday throughout the Autumn meet, which concludes Dec. 16. Should the pool reach $200,000, food and drink Happy Hour specials will be available at Whittingham’s Pub. The pool was $217,133 Nov. 10, the initial Saturday of the season.

Additionally, a single winning Pick Six 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 a partnership that includes Jeff Ho, Mark Randall, Westside Rentals.com and trainer Doug O’Neill, Mensa Heat won the On Trust by 1 ½ lengths in 2011 when owned by Peter Redekop and trained by Ted H. West.

If successful Saturday, the 6-year-old Unusual Heat gelding will join Individualist (1990 and 1992) and Echo Of Yesterday (1993-1994) as a two-time On Trust winner.

Out of the Ole’ mare Chi Chi Nette, Mensa Heat has won nine of 49 and earned $505,718. He is 0-for-4 since being claimed for $62,500 by his current connections July 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park. Mensa Heat has been second twice and third once for O’Neill.

Red Sun enters off a game win in the restricted Lure Stakes Oct. 28 over the Santa Anita turf.

Owned by breeder Harris Farms, Inc. and trained by Carla Gaines, the 6-year-old Redattore gelding out of the Affirmed mare Sunny Sara defeated favored Ryehill Dreamer by a neck in the one mile Lure. The win was the sixth in 11 races for Red Sun and increased his earnings to $280,188.

The On Trust will be the first start against state breds for Red Sun since he won an optional claimer by four lengths over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass Dec. 18, 2009.

Trainer Jeff Mullins, who the On Trust with Excess Summer in 2003, will be represented by Killer Bear.

Owned by a partnership that includes B G Stable, Louis Giordano, Scott Rudolph, Selman Shaby and Joe Thomas, the 5-year-old son of Northern Afleet and the Seattle Dancer mare Tennis C. Waltz has three wins in 46 attempts and a bankroll of $233,312.

Killer Bear was a winner the last time he faced Cal breds, capturing an optional claimer by a neck as the 2-1 favorite July 18 at Del Mar.

Runner-up in the 2011 On Trust, Legal Separation will be seeking his second win over Cushion Track. A 5-year-old gelded son of Jackpot and the Storm Bird mare Stormy Divorce, Legal Separation has won five of 30 and earned $228,748. He’s owned by Curt and Lila Lanning LLC and trained by Ed Moger, Jr.

Undefeated in two tries over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track, Macho Dorado returns 15 days after finishing second as the 3-1 favorite in a $79,170 allowance against open company at Santa Anita.

A 4-year-old gelded son of Macho Uno and the Touch Gold mare Cherry Gold, Macho Dorado is trained by Mike Mitchell for owner Roddy J. Valente. Claimed for $32,000 by his current connections Jan. 8, the gray is winless in four subsequent outings. Macho Dorado is 6-for-21 lifetime with a bankroll of $150,635.

Maui Mark will be making his initial appearance over a synthetic surface since finishing fifth in an optional claimer Dec. 18, 2010 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Trained by Bob Hess, Jr. for owners Michael Carter and Charles Galea, the 7-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat and the Man From Eldorado mare Dalymount has won 10 of 26 and earned $364,568.

Since his off the board finish here, Maui Mark has won five of 10 racing on turf and dirt in California and New York.

Huntsville returns to synthetic and shortens up after finishing eighth of nine in the Grade II Twilight Derby on turf Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

Owned by breeder Madeline Auerbach and trainer Barry Abrams, the Unusual Heat gelding out of the Jade Hunter mare Lethal Hunter has three wins in 20 races and has banked $169,225. Huntsville will attempt to become the first 3-year-old to win the On Trust since Proud Tower Too in 2005.

Fourth behind Red Sun in the Lure, Bud I Crushed It will be aiming for his first on the board finish in his fifth start over Cushion Track.

Trained by Victor Fernandez for owner Vicente Padilla, the 5-year-old Momentum gelding out of the Jade Hunter mare Sarah Hade has won five of 37 and earned $161,496. His best finish over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track was a fourth in his career debut Dec. 12, 2009.

From inside out, the field for the 29th On Trust Handicap: Bud I Crushed It, Saul Arias rides, 114 pounds; Maui Mark, Garrett Gomez, 120; Legal Separation, Martin Garcia, 114; Red Sun, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Mensa Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 118; Huntsville, Juan Hernandez, 114; Macho Dorado, Joe Talamo, 116 and Killer Bear, Tyler Baze, 113.

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