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Comma to the Top Aims for More Stakes Glory

In Monday's Los Angeles Handicap, Comma to the Top will seek his third win of the year and fifth stakes victory at Betfair Hollywood Park against six opponents.

Trained by Peter Miller for owners Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara, Comma to the Top enters off a win as the 2-1 favorite in the Cool Frenchy Stakes.

A 5-year-old gelded son of Bwana Charlie and the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm, Comma to the Top has won 13 of 30 and earned $1,233,406. Besides the Cool Frenchy, his local stakes wins include the Real Quiet, Grade III Generous – on turf – and the Grade I CashCall Futurity. He collected those wins in a span of six weeks during the 2010 Autumn meet.

Camp Victory will be making his third consecutive start in the Los Angeles for owners Roger Featherston, Gordon Jacobsen, Tom Miller and Lux Frost. The Forest Camp gelding out of the Clever Trick mare Victory Trick won the race in 2011 due to the disqualification of Amazombie, then was third behind Roman Threat and Centralinteligence a year ago.

The Virginia-bred 6-year-old has won eight of 27 and earned $550,986. Three of those wins – including the Grade I Triple Bend Handicap last June 30 - have come in 14 starts since he was claimed by his current connections for $40,000 Feb. 13, 2011.

Fourth in the Cool Frenchy in his return after more than 10 months on the sidelines, Centralinteligence will be aiming for his fourth win for a partnership that includes Amerman Racing LLC, Bongo Racing Stable LLC and Gary Finder. Trained by Ron Ellis, who won the 1990 Los Angeles Handicap with Timeless Answer, the 5-year-old Smarty Jones gelding out of the Seattle Slew mare Shootforthestars has started 10 times and banked $138,921.

Ellis is also scheduled to start the comebacking Majestic City, who hasn’t won since taking the Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship July 17, 2011.

The 4-year-old City Zip colt out of the Meadowlake mare It’schemistrybaby began his career with three consecutive victories – all at Hollywood Park – but finished his 2-year-old campaign with four losses in a row and was 0-for-3 as a 3-year-old while trained by Miller.

Owned by Jeffrey Bloom, Majestic City is 3-for-10 with earnings of $260,850. He hasn’t run since finishing sixth in the second division of the Oceanside Stakes last July 18 at Del Mar.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try for his second L.A. Handicap win in a row when he sends out the duo of Apriority and Fast Bullet.

Owned by breeder Don Dizney, Apriority has lost eight in a row since winning the Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes Dec. 31, 2011 at Gulfstream Park.

The 6-year-old Grand Slam horse out of the Storm Bird mare Midway Squall has won five of 25 and earned $471,683. He hasn’t competed at Hollywood Park since finishing third in a maiden race July 10, 2010.

Fast Bullet has won his two races over Cushion Track by a combined 11 lengths for Zayat Stables, LLC. The 5-year-old son of Speightstown and the Dayjur mare Renfro Valley has won three of four and banked $87,000, but has been idle since winning an optional claimer locally by 7 ¼ lengths last Dec. 6.

Tiz Tee Time shortens up for trainer Cody Autrey after winning an optional claimer at one mile April 13 at Oaklawn Park.


Owned by Jerry Passmore, the 4-year-old Tiznow gelding out of the Golden Gear mare Miss Elsie has won five of 15 and earned $137,616.

From inside out, the field for the Los Angeles Handicap: Majestic City, David Flores rides, 114 pounds; Fast Bullet, Martin Garcia, 116; Comma to the Top, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Tiz Tee Time, Gary Stevens, 113; Camp Victory, Joe Talamo, 118; Centralinteligence, Victor Espinoza, 115 and Apriority, Rafael Bejarano, 117.

 

What the Nation is saying about Comma to the Top Aims for More Stakes Glory ...

Longshot...Majestic City
(sarcasm at its best)
Stupid, Cttt will fly infront and then open up a sixteenth, winning in 1:05
Match race with Fast Bullet? Thinking they can get to the front, relax and get a breather together>>...maybe :)
Not only is he seeking it, he will get it and then some! Go Comma to the TOP!

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