INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 3, 2009) — Doug O’Neill, who has saddled five first-time starters to win at the meeting, will send two to the post in Thursday’s $70,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
California-bred Track N Attack scored a 2 ½-length win in his career debut here May 7, while Classical Slew drew off to a 5 ¼-length victory in his first start May 13.
Both colts won at 4 ½ furlongs and will run an additional sixteenth of a mile in the five-furlong Proctor, which will line up as follows from the rail out:
Classical Slew, with Michael Baze up, carries 120 pounds; Grace Upon Grace, Victor Espinoza, 120; Turbo Time, Danny Sorenson, 120; Ritzville, Martin Garcia, 120; Eze Does It, Corey Nakatani, 115; Coo Cachoo, Tyler Baze, 120; Zip Quik, Joe Talamo, 115, and Track N Attack, Joel Rosario, 120.
All but Eze Does It and Zip Quick have won their first start. Eze Does It finished second in a maiden special weight May 15 at Golden Gate Fields, while Zip Quik has yet to start.
O’Neill leads the Hollywood Park trainers’ standings with 20 wins through 27 racing days. Rosario is leading jockey with 39 wins — one more than Rafael Bejarano.
The Willard Proctor will run as the third race on Thursday’s eight-race card. First post time is 1 p.m.
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