INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 3, 2012)—Multiple graded stakes winner Richard’s Kid will make his first start in the United States in more than 20 months in the $70,000 Prove It Stakes Friday night at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Post time is 7:05 p.m. General admission is $10 – $20 after 8:30 p.m.
A concert at the North Park starring the Wailers will follow the races. Approximate start time is 10:30 p.m.
The Prove It, which goes at 1 3/8 miles over Cushion Track, is the second of eight races.
Owned by Zabeel Racing International Corporation and back in the stable of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, Richard’s Kid has been campaigning – with no success – in the United Arab Emirates. The 7-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid and the Broad Brush mare Tough Broad was 0-for-5 between March 3, 2011 and March 31, 2012 at Meydan Race Course.
When previously trained by Baffert, Richard’s Kid won four of 11, including consecutive victories (2009 and 2010) in the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar. The dark bay has won nine of 32 overall and earned $1,783,395.
Trained by Art Sherman for a partnership that includes Zvika Akin, Greg Avery and Bill Wilbur, Dynamic Host, who was fourth at 4-1 in the 1 ½ mile Round Table on turf, has earned three of his wins over synthetic surfaces.
A 6-year-old gelded son of Dynaformer and the French Deputy mare Hosta, he’s won five of 28 and earned $221,905. His lone win in three 2012 starts came in the Grade III Tokyo City March 24 at Santa Anita.
In that 1 ½ mile event on conventional dirt, Dynamic Host defeated eventual Round Table winner Dhaamer by a neck.
Balladry will be seeking his second win of the Spring/Summer meet for owner-breeder Darley Stable and trainer Eoin Harty.
The 4-year-old gray son of Unbridled’s Song and the Summer Squall mare Storm Song was a last-to-first winner of a $57,350 allowance April 29. He’s won three of 14 and banked $153,540.
Honour the Deputy will be trying to end an 11 race losing streak for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and a partnership that includes Barnett Stables LLC and Mark DeDomenico LLC.
The 5-year-old gelded son of Honour and Glory and the French Deputy mare Deputy’s Delight hasn’t won since taking an optional claimer at Nov. 26, 2010 at Laurel.
Placed last in the Grade II Mervyn LeRoy Handicap after a disqualification for stretch interference – he crossed the wire fifth – Honour the Deputy is 3-for-15 lifetime with earnings of $110,690. He will add blinkers Friday evening.
Northern Indy returns to Betfair Hollywood Park for the first time since finishing last in the Grade III Affirmed Handicap June 11, 2011.
A 4-year-old A.P. Indy colt out of the Polish Numbers mare Polish Nana, Northern Indy comes off a victory in the Hasta La Vista Handicap, the closing day feature at Turf Paradise.
Owned by Highland Yard LLC and now in the barn of O.J. Jauregui, Northern Indy won the May 6 race, which was 1 7/8 miles on turf, by two lengths. The victory was his third in 16 starts and raised his earnings to $130,124.
From inside out, the field for the Prove It Stakes: Balladry, Joe Talamo rides, 116 pounds; Northern Indy, Agapito Delgadillo, 116; Richard’s Kid, Rafael Bejarano, 114; Honour the Deputy, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 114 and Dynamic Host, David Flores, 124.
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