impressive winner in his 2010 debut in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap on
May 8, Rail Trip will aim for his fifth victory on Cushion Track in the
$150,000 Californian on Saturday at Hollywood
Californian is the ninth of 10 races. The fourth is the $60,000 Desert Stormer
Handicap for older fillies and mares at six furlongs on Cushion Track. Post
time is 1 p.m.
by Mace and Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Ron Elllis, Rail
Trip has won four of six – and finished second in his two losses – at Hollywood Park.
victory against seven opponents in the Grade II at 1 1/8 miles by the gelded
son of Jump Start out of the Carson
City mare Sweet Trip would make him the first horse to
win both the LeRoy and Californian in the same year since Even The Score in
his 3 ¼ length win in the LeRoy, a Grade II at 1 1/16 miles, Rail Trip made
amends for a defeat in the race the previous year. He was defeated at 3-5 in
the 2009 renewal, losing by 1 ¼ lengths to Ball Four.
Rail Trip will be trying to improve upon a second place finish in the 2009
Californian. Some 12 months ago, he was beaten three-quarters of a length by
Bejarano, who rode the 5-year-old for the first time in the Mervyn LeRoy, has
the return engagement. Hollywood
Park’s leading jockey
will be looking for his second win in the Californian in three years. He scored
with Heatseeker in 2008.
Trip has won seven of 10 and earned $877,790.
out to avenge those losses,’’ said Ellis, who won the 2007 Californian with Buzzards Bay. “He’s been awesome since his last race.
He’s ready to go.’’
of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has never won the Californian, will be
represented by a pair – Sangaree and Spurrier.
at 16-1 in the Mervyn LeRoy, Sangaree is seeking his first victory in a graded
by Darley Stable, the 5-year-old Awesome Again horse and the Mari’s Book mare
has won four of 14 while earning $197,110. His last win came in the Joe
Hernandez, a race rained off turf, at 6 ½ furlongs on March 7 at Santa Anita.
since finishing last in the March Madness on grass on March 28 at Santa Anita,
Spurrier has had success on Cushion Track. The gray son of Dixieland Band and
the Valiant Nature mare Humble has won two of three here and was second in his
by Arnold Zetcher, Spurrier has four wins in 21 lifetime starts. He has banked
Man, third in the LeRoy, is looking for his first victory at Hollywood Park.
The 5-year-old Drewman gelding out of the Big Bold Sefa mare Foxey’s Last Key,
has been second or third in his five Inglewood
by Ron Manzani and Russell Sarno and trained by Vladimir Cerin, Cigar Man has
won four of 27 while banking $299,219.
upset winner of the 2008 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park,
Tres Borrachos finished fourth in the LeRoy. Trained by Beau Greely for a
partnership that includes breeders John Greely IV and Phil Houchens, the
5-year-old Ecton Park gelding out of the Peteski mare
Pete’s Fancy has won five of 25 while earning $602,582.
Tiznow is another LeRoy participant hoping to fare better in the Californian.
The 5-year-old son of Tiznow and the Slewpy mare Hepatica was sixth last month.
by breeder Joseph LaCombe and trained by James Lloyd, Slew’s Tiznow has won
four of 13, earning $303,100. His only on the board finish in a graded stakes
was a second as a 2-year-old in the 2007 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.
day before Zenyatta tries to make history in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap, owners
Jerry and Ann Moss, trainer John Shirreffs and jockey Mike Smith will look for
an upset with Aitcho.
5-year-old Stormy Atlantic horse and the Valid Appeal mare Few Choice Words,
Aitcho has won four of 12 and earned $161,100. He has made two appearances in
graded races. Neither has gone well. He was last in the 2009 Californian, then
was sixth of seven in the grassy Arcadia Handicap on April 3 at Santa Anita.
from Rail Trip, One Track Mind is the only entrant coming off a win. The
5-year-old gelded son of Mach One and the Moscow Ballet mare Bubble Dance held
on to win an optional claimer by a nose on May 21. The California bred is owned by Al Aidekman and
Bruce Rose and trained by David Bernstein, the winner of the 1994
Californian with The Wicked North.
for $25,000 by his current connections out of a maiden race at Del Mar on July 31,
2008, One Track Mind has subsequently won six of 13. Three of those victories
have occurred at Hollywood
Park. Overall, the
chestnut is 6-for-17 with earnings of $226,532.
field for the 57th Californian from the rail out: Aitcho, Mike Smith
rides, 116 pounds; Slew’s Tiznow, David Flores, 116; One Track Mind, Tyler
Baze, 116; Spurrier, Joel Rosario, 116; Cigar Man, Joe Talamo, 116; Sangaree,
Martin Garcia, 116; Rail Trip, Rafael Bejarano, 118 and Tres Borrachos, Victor