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Ellis Confident in Rail Trip

Trainer Ron Ellis said Thursday from Barn 52 North that he was happy with post six in a field of seven in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Saturday for Rail Trip, who defends his crown in the Grade I test at 1 ¼ miles on Cushion Track.


“The post is perfect,” said Ellis, who will be outside the other two horses who have shown speed, Compari and Tres Borrachos. “If the race was run on paper, I think we would be sitting third. But as you know, they’re not run on paper.”


Ellis thinks he is bringing a fresher, stronger, more mature horse to the Gold Cup this year. “He’s doing real well,” said Ellis after the 5-year-old gelding jogged on the main track. Rail Trip makes only his third start of the year after an eight-month layoff. Last year the Gold Cup was his eighth start in eight months.


Rail Trip comes off easy victories in the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap and The Californian and seeks to join Eleven Stitches in 1981 as the only horse to sweep the series. He also seeks to join Native Diver and Lava Man as the only multiple winners in the 71-year history of the race.


Rail Trip was assigned high weight of 123 pounds, seven more than when he won the race by three lengths last year. “I’m not happy with the weights, but what are you going to do?” said Ellis. “Richard’s Kid beat us at equal weights in the Pacific Classic last year, and I’ve got to give him two pounds.”


Rail Trip will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano. The Kentucky-bred son of Jump Start has won eight of 11 starts and earned $967,790 for Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable.


The Gold Cup will be run as the eighth of ten races. Post time is approximately 4:35 p.m.

 

 

 

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You sure can't take anything at all away from the magnificent ride that David Flores gave Awesome Gem today at Hollywood Park to win the 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup. Flores dove to the rail, to save the ground, and was just able to hold Rail Trip off by a neck to give Awesome Gem his first career Grade 1 victory. Rail Trip ran a fabulous 2nd place effort though. Factor in that Rail Trip was carrying 7lbs. more than Awesome Gem. Also, that he got hung out about four wide around the last turn going for home. Still, Rail Trip came off of the last turn and sling-shotted briefly into the lead. When Rail Trip came off the last turn in the lead, I thought he was off to the races. But Flores dove Awesome Gem to the rail, and Awesome Gem picked up speed very nicely in the stretch. Having the rail and saving the ground was what definitely won this race today for Awesome Gem. IMO.

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