Race of the Week 2017

Golden Itiz Adds Blinkers for Yo Eleven

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Golden Itiz, who earned the only graded win of his career in the 2010 Affirmed Handicap, returns to Cushion Track in the $60,000 Yo Eleven Stakes Friday night at Hollywood Park.


The 7 ½ furlong race attracted four others. Post time is 7:05 p.m. for the first of two Friday night programs during the 26-day Autumn meet, which kicks off Thursday.


Owned by the Jay Em Ess Stable of the late Mace Siegel and his daughter Samantha and trained by Ron Ellis, Golden Itiz has won four of nine and earned $160,480. He will make his first start in blinkers Friday.


A 4-year-old son of Tiznow and the Dixieland Band mare Golden Tiy, Golden Itiz, who won the Grade III Affirmed by a half-length as the 9-10 favorite, is 3-for-4 over Cushion Track. His most recent win came in an allowance going seven furlongs when defeating Red Door Drive by a half-length July 10.


Bob Baffert, who led the trainer standings during the 2011 Spring/Summer meet, will be represented by Tweebster and Racing Aptitude in the Yo Eleven.


Owned by Kaleem Shah Inc., Tweebster, a 4-year-old Tapit ridgling out of the Open Forum mare H.R.H. Doodle, has won three of 13 and banked $191,760.


He has not been worse than second in three races over Cushion Track, winning twice. The gray has been idle since finishing seventh in the Santa Anita Handicap March 9.


A 3-year-old Aptitude gelding out of the Saint Ballado mare Ecclesiastes, Racing Aptitude has won twice in 10 starts. Owned by breeder Don Dizney, Racing Aptitude has earned $106,260. He will be making his initial appearance at Hollywood Park.


El Gato Malo will be seeking his first win since Sept. 8, 2009 for West Point Thoroughbreds and trainer Craig Dollase.


The 6-year-old El Corredor gelding and the Mountain Cat mare One Bad Cat has six wins in 19 lifetime outings with a bankroll of $597,348. His last victory came in an optional claimer over the grass at Del Mar. He is 0-for-7 since, including a last place finish in the Grade III Morvich Oct. 10 at Santa Anita.


Winner of the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland prior to a runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in 2008 at Santa Anita, Square Eddie exits the Grade I Ancient Title Oct. 8. for owner J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill. The 5-year-old Smart Strike horse out of the El Gran Senor mare Forty Gran has won three of 17 and earned $854,756. He trailed in the Grade III Native Diver Handicap Dec. 12, 2009 in his only previous start over Cushion Track.


From inside out, the field for the Yo Eleven: Tweebster, Rafael Bejarano rides, 118 pounds; Racing Aptitude, Martin Garcia, 116; Golden Itiz, Joe Talamo, 124; El Gato Malo, David Flores; 118 and Square Eddie, Joel Rosario, 118.


After the races are over Friday night, a concert starring Steel Pulse will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. at the North Park Lawn.




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