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Ellis Runs Rail Trip in Los Angeles

09 July 11: Jose Valdivia Jr. rides Rail Trip (no. 8) to victory in the 70th running of the grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap for three year olds and upward at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California.

The Los Angeles Handicap will feature the return of 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip as well as defending champion Camp Victory.


Owned by Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, Rail Trip has returned to the barn of Ron Ellis after going 0-for-5 in New York during a span of more than 13 months for trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr.


Away since unseating jockey Ramon Dominguez in the $57,000 Sunny and Mild Stakes last Nov. 17 at Aqueduct, Rail Trip has won five of eight over Cushion Track and was second in his three defeats.


A 7-year-old gelded son of Jump Start and the Carson City mare Sweet Trip, Rail Trip has won eight of 17 and earned $1,116,790.


The Los Angeles will be the first start at six furlongs for the Kentucky bred since he won an allowance by 3 ½ lengths here in the second start of his career Dec. 20, 2008.


Declared the winner a year ago after Amazombie was disqualified and placed third, Camp Victory would be only the second horse to win this race twice if successful Monday. Native Diver won in 1965 and 1967 for owners Mr. and Mrs. L.K. Shapiro and trainer Buster Millerick.


Trained by Mike Mitchell for Roger Featherston, Gordon Jacobsen and Tom Miller, Camp Victory, a 5-year-old Forest Camp gelding out of the Victory Trick mare Clever Trick, has seven wins in 21 starts and earnings of $355,986. He has won two of eight since claimed by his current connections for $40,000 Feb. 13, 2011.


Ellis, who won this race with Timeless Answer in 1990, also entered Centralinteligence.


Owned by Amerman Racing LLC, Bongo Racing Stable, Gary Finder and Elias Sabo, the 4-year-old Smarty Jones gelding out of the Seattle Slew mare Shootforthestars has won three of seven and banked $14,550. He graduated over Cushion Track last July 16.


Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will seek his first Los Angeles win with the lightly-raced Roman Threat.

A 4-year-old gelded son of Roman Ruler and the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, he has a win in two starts for owner-breeders Patti and Hal J. Earnhardt


After defeating maidens March 11 at Santa Anita, Roman Threat stepped into the Grade II Potrero Grande and wound up second, defeated by three-quarters of a length by 2011 sprint champion Amazombie. The dark bay has earned $63,600.


Trainer John Sadler, who has won the L.A. Cap a record five times, will be represented by Don Tito.


Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Larry Nestadt, the 5-year-old son of Trippi and the Southern Halo mare Another Moochie is 4-for-15 with earnings of $165,103.


The most recent of Sadler’s Los Angeles victories was with Cost of Freedom – also owned by the Barbers – in 2010. His other wins: Red Arrow (2009), Hombre Rapido (2003), Olympic Prospect (1988) and Rosie’s K.T. (1986).


M One Rifle, who was moved up to second due to Amazombie’s disqualification a year ago, has lost eight in a row since winning the Cool Frenchy May 7, 2011.


Owned by breeders Ed Bernstein, Brian Greenspun, Irwin Molasky and trainer Bruce Headley, the 6-year-old One Man Army gelding out of the Bertrando mare Leanessa has won five of 21 and has a bankroll of $533,142.


Headley is a three-time Los Angeles winner – Street Boss (2008), Kona Gold (2002) and Son of a Pistol (1999).


Dancing in Silks will be shooting for his first win since his 25-1 upset in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The 7-year-old gelding has lost 10 times since with his best finish a pair of thirds.


Owned by Ken Kinakin, the son of Black Minnaloushe out of the Royal and Regal mare Lemhi Love will be making his second start for trainer Anthony Saavedra. A winner of seven of 23 with earnings of $1,500,401, Dancing in Silks had been trained previously by Carla Gaines and Kathy Walsh.


Fourth as the 2-1 second choice in the Potrero Grande, Sway Away returns to the scene of his last win for Bonde and Batman Stable, Phil, Bennett and Everett Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Anthony Sharp and Glen Wallace.


A 4-year-old son of Afleet Alex and the Seattle Slew mare Seattle Shimmer, Sway Away is 2-for-9 with earnings of $206,800. He won a seven-furlong allowance by a neck in his lone Cushion Track race last June 19.


From inside out, the field for the Los Angeles Handicap: Rail Trip, Jose Valdivia, Jr., rides, 120 pounds; Dancing in Silks, Mario Gutierrez, 114; Sway Away, Martin Garcia, 117; Centralinteligence, Joel Rosario, 114; Don Tito, Kevin Krigger, 115; Camp Victory, Joe Talamo, 118; Roman Threat, Rafael Bejarano, 118 and M One Rifle, Mike Smith, 115.



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