Photo: Hollywood Park
Three win streaks will be on the line in the $70,00
Harry Henson Stakes when Hollywood
Park kicks off its 72nd
Spring/Summer meet Thursday.
A six furlong turf race for 3-year-olds, the Henson
is the seventh of eight races on the program. Post time is 1 p.m.
Owned by breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds and trained
by Steve Miyadi, Ain’t No Other arrives from Northern California with four consecutive
wins. A gelded son of Old Topper and the Shadeed mare Miami Margie, Ain’t No
Other finished a distant fourth in his debut last July 11 at Pleasanton,
but is since perfect. His three most recent wins came over the Tapeta surface
at Golden Gate Fields.
bred has earned $71,360. The Henson will be his first race on grass.
is 2-for-2 at Golden Gate
for owner Daniel O’Neill and trainer Steve Specht. He has a right to enjoy turf
being a son of City Zip and out of the St. Jovite mare Miss Blue Grass. Idle
since remaining undefeated with a 3 ¼ length score Feb. 19, Gig Harbor
has earned $36,600.
After finishing third in his United States
debut Jan. 13, Diamond Geezah won back-to-back races down the hillside turf
course at Santa Anita.
An Irish bred son of Diamond Dancer and the Selkirk
mare Lanark Belle, Diamond Geezah will be making his first start for new
connections in the Henson. He was claimed for $80,000 by trainer Ted H. West
for owner Peter Redekop March 10. The bay colt has three wins in 11 outings and
a bankroll of $105,674.
Robie the Cat is the only member of the field with
experience over the Hollywood
grass. The Distorted Humor colt earned his maiden victory at the Henson
distance last Dec. 12. Owned by breeder Diamond A Racing Corporation and
trained by Richard Mandella, Robie the Cat has one win in five tries and has
Last after setting the pace in the Sunland Derby
March 27, Sinai shortens up and switches to turf as he seeks his second win for
trainer Bob Baffert. Owned by Ahmed Zayat, the son of Rockport Harbor and the
Machiavellian mare Dontgetinmyway, Sinai earned his maiden victory over Cushion
Track in his debut last Dec. 18. He has earned $35,472 in four races.
Boxeurs des Rues will be making his first appearance
since finishing fifth in the Generous Stakes, a Grade III, here last Nov. 27. A
Smart Strike colt out of the Caerleon mare Marseille Express, Boxeur des Rues
has one win in three starts and has earned $8,082. Doug O’Neill trains for
owner J. Paul Reddam.
A son of Holy Ground and the Odyle mare Brooks N
Boots, Eric the Ram is a maiden. Owned by Green Grass Stable and trained
by Ruben Cardenas, Eric the Ram has started eight times. His best finish is a
pair of thirds. He has banked $18,240.
From inside out, the field for the Harry Henson:
Robie the Cat, Rafael Bejarano rides, 117 pounds; Gig Harbor, Frank Alvarado,
119; Sinai, Martin Garcia, 117; Diamond Geezah, Joe Talamo, 119; Eric the Ram,
Luis Medina, 117; Boxeur des Rues, Joel Rosario, 117 and Ain’t No Other,
Patrick Valenzuela, 121.
During the 54-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 6-- 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
Post time will be 11 a.m. Kentucky Derby Day – Saturday, May 7 – as well as
:Preakness Day (May 21) and Belmont
Stakes Day (June 11).
There are two deviations from the usual
Thursday-Sunday schedule. Hollywood Park will
have Monday racing May 30 (Memorial Day) and July 4.
Regular prices are $8 for general admission and $20
for Turf Club. Seniors 55 and older will receive a $3 discount – with Gold Club
card – Thursdays. All prices include parking and an official program.
Opening day will also feature the debut of the
Player’s Pick 5. A 50 cent minmum bet, the wager will cover the first five
races daily and features a takeout of 14%, the smallest for any bet offered in California.
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 $5.2
million are the $250,000 American Oaks and the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.
The 10th running of the American Oaks will
be Saturday, July 16 along with the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap and the $100,000
When the Gold Cup is run for the 72nd time
Saturday, July 9, the program will also include the $150,000 Swaps Stakes.
There are 49 stakes on the calendar, including seven
Grade 1 events, 10 Grade II races and 10 Grade III’s. There are 10 days with
multiple stakes races, commencing with the $785,000 California Gold Rush
The first Grade 1 is the $250,000 Gamely Stakes
Monday, May 30 for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.