Swiss Lake Yodeler can
help Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer set an Autumn meet record
with a victory in the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes Saturday at Betfair
A Golden State Series
race, the Soviet Problem is for 2-year-old fillies bred or sired in
California at seven furlongs over Cushion Track. It is the 10th of 11 races on the next-to-last day of racing
in Hollywood Park history.
The final Saturday of the
meet also brings the last $150,000-guaranteed Pick Six, a popular
promotion which began during the 2012 Autumn season.
Should the Pick Six pool
exceed $200,000, $1 food and drink Happy Hour specials will be available
at Whittingham’s Pub and Betfair Players’ Lounge.
Should be there a single
winning Pick Six ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or
through Television Games Network (TVG) – the ticketholder will earn a
bonus - a new Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
honoring the Charles L. Whittingham Memorial Handicap will be
distributed – one per paid admission while supplies last.
The pins feature the silks
of Dorothy and Sam Rubin’s Dotsam Stable, which became world famous due
to the exploits of John Henry, the gelding who rose from humble
beginnings to win 16 Grade I races and earn nearly
Trained by Hall of Famer
Ron McAnally, John Henry won the Hollywood Invitational – known as the
Whittingham since 1999 – in 1980, 1981 and 1984.Victories by
Blueskiesnrainbows in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes and Shared
Belief in the Grade I CashCall Futurity Dec. 14 were the fifth and sixth
stakes wins of the final Autumn meet for Hollendorfer, tying
the mark set by Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham in 1984.
Owned by breeders Larry
and Marianne Williams, Swiss Lake Yodeler will be making her BHP debut
and first start since an 8-1 upset in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies
Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
A daughter of Swiss
Yodeler and the Meadowlake mare Domasco Lake, Swiss Lake Yodeler has won
twice in three starts and earned $125,600. She broke her maiden for
trainer Mike Pender in her debut at the Barretts Race
Meet at Fairplex Park in September before joining the Hollendorfer
Prior to her win in the
one-mile Golden State Juvenile Fillies, Swiss Lake Yodeler finished
second at 12-1 in a starter allowance Oct. 6 at Santa Anita.
A Soviet Problem success
would be the second in a row for Hollendorfer. He won the inaugural
running in 2012 with Doinghardtimeagain.
Sprouts won a pair of
state bred stakes earlier in the year, taking the Cinderella June 15
during the Spring/Summer meet and the CTBA July 19 at Del Mar.
Trained by Edward Freeman
for owner-breeder J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing LLC, Sprouts has been
sidelined since trailing in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante Aug. 31.
The Square Eddie filly out of the Yankee Victor mare Ann Summers Gold has won three of five and banked $149,490.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl
Watson and Paul Weitman, Global Hottie broke her maiden by 4 ¼ lengths
in her Cushion Track initiation Nov. 17.
Trained by Hall of Famer
Bob Baffert, the Dixie Chatter filly out of the Desert God mare Sonora
Desert has banked $36,600 in two starts.
Meinhertzhageni will be aiming for her second win of the meet after prevailing in a $48,750 state bred allowance Nov. 22.
A Stormin Fever filly out
of the Peaks and Valleys mare Hot Desert, Meinhertzhageni has won twice
in five starts and earned $93,300 for a partnership that includes Miguel
Carranza, Stephen McGovern, Mersad Metanovic
and trainer Jeff Bonde.
Rovenna and Feature Attraction finished third and fifth, respectively, in the race Meinhertzhageni won last month.
Trained by Mike Machowsky
for owner-breeder Donald Dizney, Rovenna has one win in four starts. The
Vronsky filly out of the Northern Afleet mare Amadamprez has earned
Owned and bred by trainer
Mike Harrington, Feature Attraction is 1-for-5. The daughter of Roman
Ruler and the Sharp Victor mare Love Lemhi has a bankroll of $49,460.
Stole a Kiss cuts back in distance after splitting the field in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies.
Trained by Mike Puype for
Blinkers On Racing Stable and partners, the Decarchy filly out of the
Distinctive Cat mare Mink Kiss is 1-for-4 with earnings of $63,120.
Kukaluka ships from
Northern California and goes turf to synthetic after finishing second in
an optional claimer Nov. 29 at Golden Gate Fields.
Purchased privately by
trainer Peter Miller for owners Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable since her
last race, the Comic Strip filly out of the Roar mare Ms. Booty is
1-for-3 with earnings of $30,706. All of her starts
at Golden Gate have been against open company.
Casey’s Clem shocked heavily-favored Yana when 19-1 in her Nov. 17 debut for trainer Richard Baltas.
Owned by Michael Groscost,
the Papa Clem filly out of the Wall Street Dancer mare Three Star Casey
earned $27,000 for the three-length win.
Shysheisnot, who finished
second behind Global Hottie in her debut, will take on winners for
owner-breeder Emily Wygod and trainer John Sadler. The runner-up finish
was worth $9,000 to the Tribal Rule filly out
of the Dynaformer mare Window Shopper.
From inside out, the field for the 2nd
Soviet Problem Stakes: Rovenna, Victor Espinoza rides, 117 pounds;
Meinertzhageni, Chantal Sutherland Kruse, 119; Casey’s Clem, Agapito
Delgadillo, 117; Global Hottie,
Martin Garcia, 117; Shysheisnot, Corey Nakatani, 115; Feature
Attraction, Alberto Delgado, 117; Swiss Lake Yodeler, Rafael Bejarano,
121; Sprouts, Mario Gutierrez, 121; Kukaluka, Gary Stevens, 117 and
Stole a Kiss, Joe Talamo, 117.