Star Nicholas Returns To Defend On Trust Title

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Posted 11.11.09 at 2:06

Star Nicholas takes the 2008 On Trust under regular rider Michael Maze. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2009) — Defending champion Star Nicholas, who provided trainer Peter Eurton with his first Hollywood Park stakes win in the 2008 running, heads a field of nine California-breds in Saturday’s 26th running of the $75,000-added On Trust Handicap.

Star Nicholas, a 6-year-old with five wins in 20 starts for earnings of $347,263, won the Windy Sands Handicap at Del Mar before finishing third in the nine-furlong Cal Cup Classic. He will shorten up to 7 ½ furlongs in the On Trust, which lines up as follows from the rail out:

Big Bad Leroybrown, with Tyler Baze up, will carry 118 pounds; Mr. Wolverine, Christian Santiago Reyes, 111; My Summer Slew, Victor Espinoza, 115; Nikki’sgoldensteed, Joseph Talamo, 121; Bestdressed, Joel Rosario, 114; Star Nicholas, Michael Baze, 121; One Track Mind, Martin Pedroza, 115; Enriched, Garrett Gomez, 116, and Dance With Gable, Rafael Bejarano, 121.

Star Nicholas, who survived a stewards’ inquiry into the stretch run of the 2008 running, has captured three of eight starts at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old ran well here in open company during the summer, finishing third in the Grade III Ack Ack Handicap and fourth in the Grade I Triple Bend Handicap.

Nikki’sgoldensteed, a winner of four of 18 starts and $258,622 for trainer Bob Hess Jr., meets easier competition after finishing behind Zensational in the Pat O’Brien at Del Mar and behind Gayego in the Ancient Title Handicap at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old finished fourth in the 2008 On Trust.

Big Bad Leroybrown, second behind Greg’s Gold in the 2007 On Trust, has won five of 29 starts and $388,113. The 5-year-old has won two of 15 starts in 2009 for trainer Donald Warren.

Dance with Gable, a 5-year-old trained by Mike Machowsky, has won two of four starts since being claimed for $40,000 in August at Del Mar. Last outing, he beat Big Bad Leroybrown by a length in winning the California Sky on the downhill turf course at Santa Anita.

My Summer Slew will try to stretch a winning streak to three after connecting in his last two starts at Fairplex Park and Santa Anita. The latter came on the downhill course. The Craig Dollase-trained 4-year-old has won three of seven races overall.

Enriched, a winner of four-of-nine starts, steps up after being claimed for $32,000 by Westside Rentals.com and partners in a winning effort on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

Mr. Wolverine has descended the claiming ranks since finishing fourth in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap here in 2008, and enters following a victory for a $10,000 claiming tag. Most of his success has come on turf, where he won the 2008 Khaled at Hollywood Park.

Bestdressed won the Barretts on the 2007 California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park, while four-time winner One Track Mind will make his second start following a ten-month layoff.

The On Trust Handicap will run as the eighth race on Saturday’s nine-race program at Hollywood Park. First post is at 12:30 p.m.

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