Harry Henson Kicks Off Hollywood Meet

Harry Henson Kicks Off Hollywood Meet
Photo: Hollywood Park

American Act will return to turf in the $70,000-added Harry Henson Stakes when Betfair Hollywood Park kicks off its 73rd Spring/Summer meet Thursday.


A six furlong turf race for 3-year-olds, the Henson is the seventh of eight races. Post time is 1 p.m.


Owned by Howard and Janet Siegel and trained by Jack Carava, American Act is shortening up after finishing seventh of 10 in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes March 10 at Santa Anita.


A gelded son of Quiet American and the Boston Harbor mare Revolutionary Act, American Act has one win in five starts and has earned $72,950.


In his grass debut at the Henson distance last Dec. 10 during the Betfair Hollywood Park Autumn meet, American Act finished second versus maidens, defeated by 2 ¼ lengths by Bling Cha Bling.


Prior to his off-the-board effort in the San Vicente, American Act, who was bred in Kentucky by Camelia Casby, lost by a nose to Drill in the Grade II San Vicente Stakes at seven furlongs Feb. 19 at Santa Anita.


Trainer Peter Miller, who won the 2009 Henson with Backbackbackgone, will be represented by Senor Rain.


A gelded son of El Nino and the Marquetry mare Make My Marq, Senor Rain exits the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, a race where he finished eighth of nine, a bit more than 10 lengths behind winner I’ll Have Another.


Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber, the Indiana bred has won three of 11 and banked $120,216. He was pulled up in the Grade III Generous when he didn’t handle the first turn in his only previous start on turf last Nov. 12.


Koast is the only member of the Henson cast who has won on turf. The Lawyer Ron colt out of the Forest Wildcat mare Silver Fountain is 2-for-2 on the surface, scoring consecutive wins on the hillside at Santa Anita. Trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing LLC, Koast is 2-for-4 overall with earnings of $69,100.


Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the race with Letthebighossroll in 1991 when it was run at seven furlongs on dirt, will send out Sir Allison.


Owned by breeder Mike Pegram, the Roman Ruler ridgling out of the Vindication mare Silver Bullet Moon has one win in four starts and has banked $32,060. He has yet to compete on grass.


Another horse making his turf debut is Consulado. Trained by Mike Puype for Cubanacan Stables, the More Than Ready gelding out of the Broad Brush mare Goodbye Stranger is 1-for-4 with earnings of $61,160.


A California bred son of Game Plan and the Category Five mare Fifth Avenue Suite, Passing Game has two wins in six starts and a bankroll of $99,100.


Owned by breeders Charles Bernhardt and Carol Chambers and trained by Gary Sherlock, Passing Game was third in the Baffle in his initial try on turf Feb. 26 at Santa Anita.


Fresh off an easy maiden victory April 14 at Santa Anita, Chickie Charms will sprint for the first time over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass.


Owned by a partnership that includes Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables and Ciaglia Racing LLC and trained by Peter Eurton, Chickie Charms has started six times. The Rockport Harbor colt out of the Forestry mare Count Sequence has earnings of $62,600.


Trained by Blaine Wright for John and Janene Maryanski and Gerald Schneider, Diamond of Blue ships south after winning three of four over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields.


A Sharp Humor gelding out of the Montbrook mare Eye’ll Be Fine, Diamond of Blue picked up his most recent win March 24 in an optional claimer. He’s 2-for-3 for his current connections after being claimed for $32,000 out of a maiden win in his debut Jan. 21. He’s earned $42,480.


From inside out, the field for the Harry Henson Stakes: Sir Allison, Martin Garcia rides, 117 pounds; Senor Rain, Garrett Gomez, 117; Chickie Charms, Joe Talamo, 117; Diamond of Blue, Juan Hernandez, 123; Consulado, David Flores, 117; American Act, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Passing Game, Kevin Krigger, 119 and Koast, Joel Rosario, 119.


During the 50-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 4-- 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 15.


Post time will be 11 a.m. Kentucky Derby Day – Saturday, May 5 – as well as :Preakness Day (May 19) and Belmont Stakes Day (June 9).


There are two deviations from the usual Thursday-Sunday schedule. Betfair Hollywood Park will race Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) and Wednesday, July 4.


Regular prices are $10 for general admission and $20 for Turf Club. Seniors 55 and older will receive a $5 discount – with Gold Club card – Thursdays. All prices include parking and an official program.


The popular Players’ Pick 5 will also return opening day.


A 50 cent minmum bet, the wager will cover the first five races daily and features a reduced takeout of 14%.


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 $6.8 million are the $400,000 American Oaks and the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.


The 11th running of the American Oaks will be Saturday, July 14 along with the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap and the $200,000 Landaluce.


When the Gold Cup is run for the 73rd time Saturday, July 7, the program will also include the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile.


The Gold Cup is one of three Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’ races during the meet. The others are the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile (June 30) and the A Gleam Handicap. The Breeders’ Cup nominated winner of those races earns an automatic berth in the corresponding BC event. The 29th Breeders’ Cup will be run Nov. 2-3 at Santa Anita.


There are 49 stakes on the calendar, including seven Grade 1’s, nine GradeII races and  Grade III’s. There are nine days with multiple stakes races, commencing with the $1.11 million California Gold Rush Saturday.


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.




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