The fields for Saturday’s two Grade I races at Betfair Hollywood
Park, the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile and $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, are
The Shoemaker, at one mile on turf, and Triple Bend, at seven furlongs, are Breeders’ Cup
“Win and You’re In” races. The winner of each gets an expenses paid, automatic entry into the corresponding Breeders’ Cup race.
A field of six or seven is likely for the Shoemaker, headed by
Fanticola and Scardino’s Obviously. The three-time Grade II winner is
coming off an easy victory in the American Handicap May 25. Mike
Mitchell trains the Irish bred, who is seeking his first Grade I score.
Other expected starters are Jeranimo (Mike Pender, Rafael Bejarano),
who won the Shoemaker last year; Lucayan (Neil Drysdale, Julien
Leparoux) second to Obviously in the American; Za Approval (Christophe
Clemente, Garrett Gomez), coming off consecutive Grade III
victories at Gulfstream Park and Monmouth Park) and Wilkinson (Jeff
Mullins, Martin Pedroza), the 44-1 winner of the 2012 American Handicap.
Jimmy Creed, the winner of the Grade I Malibu Stakes last Dec. 26 at
Santa Anita, is among seven or eight probables for the Triple Bend.
Garrett Gomez has the assignment for Hall of Fame trainer Richard
Mandella on Jimmy Creed, who took the Grade II Potrero Grande April 6 in
his last start.
Comma to the Top, winner of 14 of 31 starts for Peter Miller and
victorious in the Los Angeles Handicap on Cushion Track May 27, will be
partnered by regular rider Edwin Maldonado. The $1.2 million dollar
earner is 5-for-9 for-nine at Betfair Hollywood Park, including a
victory in the Grade I CashCall Futurity in 2010.
Mike Mitchell will try to win the Triple Bend for a second
consecutive year with Camp Victory. A 6-year-old gelded son of Forest
Camp, Camp Victory tuned up for the race with a third-place finish in
the Los Angeles. Joe Talamo has the call.
Rail Trip, the winner of the 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup, and
Centralinteligence, second in the Los Angeles, will represent the barn
of trainer Ron Ellis. Jose Valdivia, Jr. is scheduled to ride Rail Trip
while Victor Espinoza has the call on Centralinteligence. Ellis entered
Sunday four wins shy of 1,000 in his career.
Hall of Famer Bob Baffert has four nominated to the Triple Bend, but
probably will run only one or two. The most likely starter for Baffert
is Drill, winner of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity in 2011 and the Grade III Lazaro Barrera Stakes in 2012 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
PUYPE TIES 58-YEAR-OLD RECORD, WILL TRY TO BREAK IT SUNDAY
To put this week in baseball terms, Mike Puype is entering the eighth inning pitching a perfect game.
It’s rare in any major sport to tie or break a 58-year-old record, but that’s just what Puype has done.
The 46-year-old trainer has started six horses this week and all
have won. The last trainer to win six in a row at Betfair Hollywood
Park was Allen Drumheller, Sr. (July 4-5, 1955). Puype will try for a
record seventh consecutive win Sunday. He has two entered; Moonlight
Splitter (8-1) in the sixth race and Goodtobewild (7-2) in the eighth.
The Arizona native knew he had several live horses this week, but
acknowledged that he benefited from “good rides and great trips.”
The streak started Thursday with Change of Plan ($5), and continued
Friday with Smart N Dreamy ($6.20) and Bella Viaggia ($3.80). He took
it up a notch Saturday with a triple; Muchos Besos ($25),
Insideondoutside ($6) and Hustlin Nu ($6).
A $2 win parlay on his six winners would have returned approximately $3,300.
DOINGHARDTIMEAGAIN, IOTAPA RETURN IN GOOD SHAPE
Doinghardtimeagain and Iotapa, the 1-2 finishers in Saturday’s Grade
II Hollywood Oaks, both returned in good order, according to their
respective trainers, Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and John Sadler.
Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer, said Doinghardtimeagain could
ship to Delaware Park for the Grade II, $300,000 Delaware Oaks July 13
or stay home to run against California breds in the $200,000 Fleet Treat
Stakes July 27 at Del Mar.
The Fleet Treat is less purse money, but the race likely would be
easier and give Hollendorfer an extra two weeks to prepare her.
Ward said Ciao Bella Luna, who finished fourth in the Oaks, also came out of the race well.
SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT PROGRAM JULY 5
Betfair Hollywood Park will have a special Friday night program July 5 in honor of the track’s 75th anniversary season.
What will be the final night card at the historic venue, which will
cease racing at the end of the Autumn meet Dec. 22, was approved May 29
by the California Horse Racing Board. Post time will be 7:05 p.m.
“Hollywood Park was a pioneer for night racing and we thought this
would be a good way to honor the past,’’ said Betfair Hollywood Park
president Jack Liebau. “We’re looking forward to having one last Friday
A concert featuring the band 80z All Stars will be offered after the evening’s races are concluded.