Race of the Week 2017

Hollendorfer Seeks Record in Soviet Problem

Swiss Lake Yodeler can help Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer set an Autumn meet record with a victory in the $200,000 Soviet Problem Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A Golden State Series race, the Soviet Problem is for 2-year-old fillies bred or sired in California at seven furlongs over Cushion Track. It is the 10th of 11 races on the next-to-last day of racing in Hollywood Park history.

The final Saturday of the meet also brings the last $150,000-guaranteed Pick Six, a popular promotion which began during the 2012 Autumn season.

Should the Pick Six pool exceed $200,000, $1 food and drink Happy Hour specials will be available at Whittingham’s Pub and Betfair Players’ Lounge.

Should be there a single winning Pick Six ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG) – the ticketholder will earn a bonus - a new Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.

Commemorative pins honoring the Charles L. Whittingham Memorial Handicap will be distributed – one per paid admission while supplies last.

The pins feature the silks of Dorothy and Sam Rubin’s Dotsam Stable, which became world famous due to the exploits of John Henry, the gelding who rose from humble beginnings to win 16 Grade I races and earn nearly $6.6 million.

Trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, John Henry won the Hollywood Invitational – known as the Whittingham since 1999 – in 1980, 1981 and 1984.Victories by Blueskiesnrainbows in the Grade III Native Diver Stakes and Shared Belief in the Grade I CashCall Futurity Dec. 14 were the fifth and sixth stakes wins of the final Autumn meet for Hollendorfer, tying the mark set by Hall of Famer Charlie Whittingham in 1984.

Owned by breeders Larry and Marianne Williams, Swiss Lake Yodeler will be making her BHP debut and first start since an 8-1 upset in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

A daughter of Swiss Yodeler and the Meadowlake mare Domasco Lake, Swiss Lake Yodeler has won twice in three starts and earned $125,600. She broke her maiden for trainer Mike Pender in her debut at the Barretts Race Meet at Fairplex Park in September before joining the Hollendorfer stable.

Prior to her win in the one-mile Golden State Juvenile Fillies, Swiss Lake Yodeler finished second at 12-1 in a starter allowance Oct. 6 at Santa Anita.

A Soviet Problem success would be the second in a row for Hollendorfer. He won the inaugural running in 2012 with Doinghardtimeagain.

Sprouts won a pair of state bred stakes earlier in the year, taking the Cinderella June 15 during the Spring/Summer meet and the CTBA July 19 at Del Mar.

Trained by Edward Freeman for owner-breeder J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing LLC, Sprouts has been sidelined since trailing in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante Aug. 31.

The Square Eddie filly out of the Yankee Victor mare Ann Summers Gold has won three of five and banked $149,490.

Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Global Hottie broke her maiden by 4 ¼ lengths in her Cushion Track initiation Nov. 17.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, the Dixie Chatter filly out of the Desert God mare Sonora Desert has banked $36,600 in two starts.

Meinhertzhageni will be aiming for her second win of the meet after prevailing in a $48,750 state bred allowance Nov. 22.

A Stormin Fever filly out of the Peaks and Valleys mare Hot Desert, Meinhertzhageni has won twice in five starts and earned $93,300 for a partnership that includes Miguel Carranza, Stephen McGovern, Mersad Metanovic and trainer Jeff Bonde.

Rovenna and Feature Attraction finished third and fifth, respectively, in the race Meinhertzhageni won last month.

Trained by Mike Machowsky for owner-breeder Donald Dizney, Rovenna has one win in four starts. The Vronsky filly out of the Northern Afleet mare Amadamprez has earned $52,960.

Owned and bred by trainer Mike Harrington, Feature Attraction is 1-for-5. The daughter of Roman Ruler and the Sharp Victor mare Love Lemhi has a bankroll of $49,460.

Stole a Kiss cuts back in distance after splitting the field in the Golden State Juvenile Fillies.

Trained by Mike Puype for Blinkers On Racing Stable and partners, the Decarchy filly out of the Distinctive Cat mare Mink Kiss is 1-for-4 with earnings of $63,120.

Kukaluka ships from Northern California and goes turf to synthetic after finishing second in an optional claimer Nov. 29 at Golden Gate Fields.

Purchased privately by trainer Peter Miller for owners Gary Barber and Wachtel Stable since her last race, the Comic Strip filly out of the Roar mare Ms. Booty is 1-for-3 with earnings of $30,706. All of her starts at Golden Gate have been against open company.

Casey’s Clem shocked heavily-favored Yana when 19-1 in her Nov. 17 debut for trainer Richard Baltas.

Owned by Michael Groscost, the Papa Clem filly out of the Wall Street Dancer mare Three Star Casey earned $27,000 for the three-length win.

Shysheisnot, who finished second behind Global Hottie in her debut, will take on winners for owner-breeder Emily Wygod and trainer John Sadler. The runner-up finish was worth $9,000 to the Tribal Rule filly out of the Dynaformer mare Window Shopper.

From inside out, the field for the 2nd Soviet Problem Stakes: Rovenna, Victor Espinoza rides, 117 pounds; Meinertzhageni, Chantal Sutherland Kruse, 119; Casey’s Clem, Agapito Delgadillo, 117; Global Hottie, Martin Garcia, 117; Shysheisnot, Corey Nakatani, 115; Feature Attraction, Alberto Delgado, 117; Swiss Lake Yodeler, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Sprouts, Mario Gutierrez, 121; Kukaluka, Gary Stevens, 117 and Stole a Kiss, Joe Talamo, 117.





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