Photo: Hollywood Park
Less than two weeks after losing as the favorite in an
allowance race on the Kentucky Derby undercard,
Streakin’ Mohican returned in style Friday night at Hollywood Park.
Making his turf debut, the 4-year-old gelded son of
Songandaprayer and the Northern Afleet mare
Teak Totem quickly established command, then had enough left to hold off favored
Cherokee Heaven, an unlucky runner-up, in the $57,710 feature.
The mild upset by Streakin’ Mohican helped lead to another
Pick 6 carryover, so there is a pool of $236,614 awaiting Saturday. Due to the
simulcast of the 136th Preakness from Pimlico, Hollywood Park has an
early post time of 11 a.m. With an 11 race card, the Pick 6 begins on the sixth
race. The approximate post time is 1:36 p.m..
Owned by a partnership that includes Dave Kenney, W.C. Racing
and Westside Rentals.com, Streakin’ Mohican provided trainer Doug O’Neill with
his second victory of the evening. The leading trainer at the 2010
Spring/Summer meet, O’Neill had only one win at the current meet before Friday.
His earlier win came with favored Onefunsonofagun in the second.
Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Streakin’ Mohican covered the six
furlongs in 1:08.55 while winning by 1 ¼ lengths. He returned $9.20, $3.20 and
$2.60 as the 7-2 second choice.
Cherokee Heaven, who was away well behind his five rivals,
paid $3.40 and $2.10 as he sought his third consecutive victory. The show price
on Raetodandty, who finished 1 ¼ lengths behind the even-money favorite, was
The win was the seventh in 23 races for Streakin’ Mohican,
who was bred in Florida
by Brylynn Farm, Inc., and increased his earnings to $219,089.
Track gates at Hollywood
Park will open at 8 a.m
Saturday. The first of 11 imports from Pimlico is scheduled for 8:43 a.m.
Post time for the Preakness is 3:18 PDT, so it will be shown
between the eighth and ninth races at Hollywood Park.
Two graded stakes headline the Hollywood Park
card. Ultra Blend, St Trinians and Washington
Bridge top the field in
the $150,000 Milady Handicap, a Grade II at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, while
May Day Rose and Alec’s Moon are the co-highweights in the $100,000 Railbird
Stakes. A Grade III for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs, the Railbird is
the 10th race while the Milady is the fifth.