INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 19, 2013)— Aotearoa will cut back in distance and return to a synthetic surface in the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Named for the winner of the 1988 Hollywood Futurity, the King Glorious is for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California and will be run at seven furlongs over Cushion Track on the final day of racing at the legendary facility.
Part of the Golden State Series, the King Glorious is the 10th of 11 races on the final day of the last Autumn meet. Post time is 12:30 p.m. and track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 18, 2013)—Swiss Lake Yodeler can help Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer set an Autumn meet record with a victory in the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Golden State Series race, the Soviet Problem is for 2-year-old fillies bred or sired in California at seven furlongs over Cushion Track. It is the 10th of 11 races on the next-to-last day of racing in Hollywood Park history.
The final Saturday of the meet also brings the last $150,000-guaranteed Pick Six, a popular promotion which began during the 2012 Autumn season.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 15, 2013)—Favored Teddy’s Promise was successful in her final start over her favorite surface, winning the $100,250 Playa del Rey Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The 3-5 choice against five opponents after Twitter Pie and Sky High Gal were scratched, the 5-year-old Salt Lake mare led for all but the first few strides en route to her sixth victory – in her 12th appearance – over Cushion Track.
Owned and bred in California by Ted and Judy Nichols and trained by Ron Ellis, Teddy’s Promise, who was ridden by Victor Espinoza, completed the six furlongs in 1:09.66 while winning by 1 ¼ lengths.
VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, Winner: “Today she was ready to go and did everything right. When she feels like running, she runs. She’s really honest and an old pro. It’s amazing how (Ellis) takes his time with her and gets her ready for a race.”
MARTIN GARCIA, JUDY IN DISGUISE, Second: “She ran a really good race. I thought she ran well shortening up to six furlongs. I love riding for (Callaghan). He always has his horses ready.”
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 15, 2013)—There will be a Pick Six carryover of $79,599 when racing resumes Friday – the start of the final three days in track history – at Betfair Hollywood Park .
The sequence will begin in the third race. Approximate post time is 1:30 p.m.
Post time at Betfair Hollywood Park is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 15, 2013)—Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer can establish an Autumn meet record for most stakes wins by a trainer with a victory in either the $200,000 Soviet Problem Saturday, Dec. 21 or the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes Sunday, Dec. 22.
The pair of seven-furlong races for 2-year-olds bred or sired in California – the Soviet Problem is restricted to fillies – will be offered during the final weekend of racing in Hollywood Park history.
Saturday wins by Shared Belief in the Grade I, $751,500 CashCall Futurity and Blueskiesnrainbows in the Grade III, $150,500 Native Diver Stakes gave Hollendorfer six for the meet, tying a record established by Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham during the 1984 Autumn season.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 15, 2013)—In commemoration of the closing of Betfair Hollywood Park, mutuel tickets purchased on the final day of racing – Sunday, Dec. 22 – will have special messages highlighting some of the unforgettable achievments from legendary performers – both human and equine – during the 75-year history of the legendary track.
Known as the Home of Champions and the Track of the Lakes and Flowers, Hollywood Park has been the playground of thoroughbred superstars such as Seabiscuit, winner of the inaugural Hollywood Gold Cup in 1938, Noor, Citation, Swaps, Round Table, Affirmed, Ferdinand, Ack Ack, Native Diver, Lava Man, Skip Away, Cigar, John Henry and Zenyatta.
Many of the game’s greatest jockeys and trainers have added to their glowing resumes at Hollywood Park, including numerous Hall of Famers.
You’d think that when a trainer runs first, second and third in a graded stakes, the stable area would be abuzz with the news the following morning.
There was a buzz all right, but for a different reason.
Though Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer completed the trifecta in Saturday’s Grade III, $150, 500 Native Diver Stakes with Blueskiesnrainbows, Hear the Ghost and Rousing Sermon, respectively, the achievement was dwarfed by the trainer’s scintillating victory with Shared Belief in the Grade I, $751,500 CashCall Futurity (video).
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