Photo: Hollywood Park
American Story led virtually throughout in her return to California,
winning a $71,500 optional claimer Friday night at Hollywood Park.
by Kaleem Shah, Inc. and trained by Bob Baffert, who also saddled runner-up
Crisis of Spirit, American Story took the lead shortly after the start, was
joined on the outside by her stablemate for most of the trip, then asserted her
superiority in the final eighth of a mile. Her margin of victory was 2 ½ lengths.
in the Remington Park Oaks at Remington
Park in Oklahoma
and the Harry Henson Stakes last month at Sunland
Park in New Mexico in her two most recent starts,
American Story is now 3-for-3 over synthetic surfaces.
4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper and the Meadowlake mare Holiday Runner had
won a pair of races over the Polytrack last summer at Del Mar prior to her Friday victory over
by Martin Garcia, who has been aboard for each of her wins, American Story, the
3-5 favorite, paid $3.20, $2.60 and $2.10.
of Spirit, who was making her first start around two turns since she finished
10th in the Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap on turf last Oct. 17, paid
$3.60 and $2.40. The show price on Makoma was $2.60. Lea the Punisher and
Gumption completed the order of finish. The final time for the 1 1/16 miles was
winning for the third time in five outings, American Story increased her
earnings to $159,200.
its second day of existence, the Player’s Pick 5 had a sizable handle increase.
The 50-cent minimum wager, which had a pool of $103, 291 Thursday, handled
$184,217 Friday night. The Player’s Pick 5 is available every racing day on the
first five races.
resumes Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m.
of the 10 races make up the 12th California Gold Rush. The richest
event is the $150,000 Snow Chief Stakes for California bred 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles
over Cushion Track.
will be a Hollywood
Park sweatpants giveaway.
The item will be available per paid admission while supplies last.