Photo: Hollywood Park
American Act will return to turf in
the $70,000-added Harry Henson Stakes when Betfair Hollywood Park kicks off its
73rd Spring/Summer meet Thursday.
A six furlong turf race for
3-year-olds, the Henson is the seventh of eight races. Post time is 1 p.m.
Owned by Howard and Janet Siegel and
trained by Jack Carava, American Act is shortening up after finishing seventh
of 10 in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes March 10 at Santa Anita.
A gelded son of Quiet American and
the Boston Harbor mare Revolutionary Act, American Act has one win in five
starts and has earned $72,950.
In his grass debut at the Henson
distance last Dec. 10 during the Betfair Hollywood Park Autumn meet, American
Act finished second versus maidens, defeated by 2 ¼ lengths by Bling Cha Bling.
Prior to his off-the-board effort in
the San Vicente, American Act, who was bred in Kentucky by Camelia Casby, lost
by a nose to Drill in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs Feb. 19
at Santa Anita.
Trainer Peter Miller, who won the
2009 Henson with Backbackbackgone, will be represented by Senor Rain.
A gelded son of El Nino and the
Marquetry mare Make My Marq, Senor Rain exits the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, a
race where he finished eighth of nine, a bit more than 10 lengths behind winner
I’ll Have Another.
Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber, the
Indiana bred has won three of 11 and banked $120,216. He was pulled up in the
Grade III Generous when he didn’t handle the first turn in his only previous
start on turf last Nov. 12.
Koast is the only member of the
Henson cast who has won on turf. The Lawyer Ron colt out of the Forest Wildcat
mare Silver Fountain is 2-for-2 on the surface, scoring consecutive wins on the
hillside at Santa Anita. Trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing LLC, Koast is
2-for-4 overall with earnings of $69,100.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert,
who won the race with Letthebighossroll in 1991 when it was run at seven
furlongs on dirt, will send out Sir Allison.
Owned by breeder Mike Pegram, the
Roman Ruler ridgling out of the Vindication mare Silver Bullet Moon has one win
in four starts and has banked $32,060. He has yet to compete on grass.
Another horse making his turf debut
is Consulado. Trained by Mike Puype for Cubanacan Stables, the More Than Ready
gelding out of the Broad Brush mare Goodbye Stranger is 1-for-4 with earnings
A California bred son of Game Plan
and the Category Five mare Fifth Avenue Suite, Passing Game has two wins in six
starts and a bankroll of $99,100.
Owned by breeders Charles Bernhardt
and Carol Chambers and trained by Gary Sherlock, Passing Game was third in the
Baffle in his initial try on turf Feb. 26 at Santa Anita.
Fresh off an easy maiden victory
April 14 at Santa Anita, Chickie Charms will sprint for the first time over the
Betfair Hollywood Park grass.
Owned by a partnership that includes
Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables and Ciaglia Racing LLC and trained by Peter
Eurton, Chickie Charms has started six times. The Rockport Harbor colt out of
the Forestry mare Count Sequence has earnings of $62,600.
Trained by Blaine Wright for John
and Janene Maryanski and Gerald Schneider, Diamond of Blue ships south after
winning three of four over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields.
A Sharp Humor gelding out of the
Montbrook mare Eye’ll Be Fine, Diamond of Blue picked up his most recent win
March 24 in an optional claimer. He’s 2-for-3 for his current connections after
being claimed for $32,000 out of a maiden win in his debut Jan. 21. He’s earned
From inside out, the field for the
Harry Henson Stakes: Sir Allison, Martin Garcia rides, 117 pounds; Senor Rain,
Garrett Gomez, 117; Chickie Charms, Joe Talamo, 117; Diamond of Blue, Juan
Hernandez, 123; Consulado, David Flores, 117; American Act, Rafael Bejarano,
117; Passing Game, Kevin Krigger, 119 and Koast, Joel Rosario, 119.
During the 50-day meet, post time is
1 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays along with the usual 7:05 p.m. start
Friday nights. The lone Friday exception is a 1 p.m. start May 4-- Kentucky
Oaks Day and the eve of the Kentucky Derby.
There will be three other post time
differences – all relating to the Triple Crown - during the season, which
concludes Sunday, July 15.
Post time will be 11 a.m. Kentucky
Derby Day – Saturday, May 5 – as well as :Preakness Day (May 19) and Belmont
Stakes Day (June 9).
There are two deviations from the
usual Thursday-Sunday schedule. Betfair Hollywood Park will race Monday, May 28
(Memorial Day) and Wednesday, July 4.
Regular prices are $10 for general
admission and $20 for Turf Club. Seniors 55 and older will receive a $5
discount – with Gold Club card – Thursdays. All prices include parking and an
The popular Players’ Pick 5 will
also return opening day.
A 50 cent minmum bet, the wager will
cover the first five races daily and features a reduced takeout of 14%.
There is also a carryover provision
should no one be able to isolate all five winners with 70% of the net pool
carrying over to the next racing day.
Highlighting a stakes schedule worth
more than $6.8 million are the $400,000 American Oaks and the $500,000
Hollywood Gold Cup.
The 11th running of the
American Oaks will be Saturday, July 14 along with the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap
and the $200,000 Landaluce.
When the Gold Cup is run for the
73rd time Saturday, July 7, the program will also include the $150,000 Royal
The Gold Cup is one of three
Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’ races during the meet. The others are the
$300,000 Shoemaker Mile (June 30) and the A Gleam Handicap. The Breeders’ Cup
nominated winner of those races earns an automatic berth in the corresponding
BC event. The 29th Breeders’ Cup will be run Nov. 2-3 at Santa
There are 49 stakes on the calendar,
including seven Grade 1’s, nine GradeII races and Grade III’s. There are
nine days with multiple stakes races, commencing with the $1.11 million
California Gold Rush Saturday.
The first Grade 1 is the $250,000
Gamely Stakes Monday, May 30 for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on