Photo: Hollywood Park
Sam and Clarke Lane,
who finished a neck apart in an optional claimer April 3 at Santa Anita, top a
field of five in the $70,000 Alydar Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park.
to the Spring/Summer stakes schedule after a two year absence, the Alydar is
the first of a three race series over Cushion Track for 3-year-olds. The race
at 1 1/8 miles precedes the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap June 11 and the $150,000
Swaps Stakes July 9.
by Kaleem Shah and trained by Bob Baffert, Uncle Sam has won two of three and
earned $72,000. Prior to his narrow decision over Clarke Lane, the Tapit
ridgling out of the Pleasant Colony mare On the Town had defeated maidens at
first asking Dec. 27, then was fourth of five in the Sham, a Grade III, Jan.
by Simon Callaghan for IEAH Stables and Pegasus Holding Group Stables, Clarke Lane was
30-1 in his U.S.
debut when just missing to Uncle Sam.
Giant’s Causeway colt out of the Real Quiet mare Wonder Lady Anne L had won
once in four appearances in England
as a 2-year-old. He’s earned $19,601 and Callaghan has indicated a start in the
Belmont Stakes June 11 is a possibility if Clark Lane were to run well Sunday.
also entered Awesome Patriot. Owned by the Lanni Family Trust, the son of
Awesome Again and the Cee’s Tizzy mare Tizamazing has two wins in five attempts
and a bankroll of $69,580.
$350,000 yearling purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2009, Awesome
Patriot earned his maiden win over Cushion Track in his debut last Oct. 9, then
was third behind Premier Pegasus and Industry Leader in the Hollywood Prevue, a
Grade III, Nov. 20.
of eight in the same race Uncle Sam and Clarke Lane exit, Red Sharp Humor will be
seeking his second lifetime victory. Owned by Halo Farms and trainer Jerry
Hollendorfer, the Sharp Humor gelding out of the Crafty Prospector mare Denali
Red has started eight times with earnings of $55,800.
the lone California
bred in the field, will be making his second start of the meet for
owner-breeders Madeline Auerbach and Alfred Pais and trainer Barry Abrams. The
gelded son of Unusual Heat out of the Afternoon Deelites mare was a troubled
fifth in the Snow Chief Stakes April 23. Burns has won two of seven. His
bankroll is $83,240.
Alydar is the third of nine races Sunday. Post time is 1 p.m.
inside out, the field for the Alydar Stakes: Awesome Patriot, Rafael Bejarano
rides, 119 pounds; Clarke Lane, Joel Rosario, 117; Burns, Garrett Gomez, 119;
Red Sharp Humor, Corey Nakatani, 117 and Uncle Sam, Martin Garcia, 119.