Night School Week 31 Tonight


Posted 10.10.11 at 10:22

Week 31 of Night School will give racing fans an inside look at how races are put together and what it means to handicappers as the national fan education initiative presents a course on “The Racing Office/Jockey Agents” tonight at 5:30 p.m. PT. The session will be hosted by Joe Kristufek, Jeremy Plonk and Caton Bredar.

Tonight’s final 30 minutes of Night School, the “Jump Ball” segment, will include Plonk & Kristufek’s reactions to FallStars Weekend at Keeneland, where they have been live on site and will be hosting a special Night School on-track handicapping seminar/meet-and-greet this coming Saturday, Oct. 15 at 11:30 a.m. trackside at Keeneland.

Guests this week include George Berry, stakes coordinator at Arlington Park and a racing office official at Keeneland and Gulfstream, as well as a return Night School appearance from Steve Leving, racing advisor to the Louis Roussel III stable. Leving is a former jockey agent and racing office official who has seen the sport from all angles.

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Pick 6 Carryover ($341,252) Wednesday At Del Mar


Posted 08.28.11 at 6:55

© Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 28, 2011)—There will be a Pick 6 carryover of $341,252 when racing resumes Wednesday at Del Mar.

Post time Wednesday at Del Mar is 2 p.m. The Pick 6 will begin in the third race. Scheduled post time is 3 p.m.

Track gates at Hollywood Park will open at 10:30 for simulcasts.

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Utopian Earns First Stakes Win In Inglewood; Pick Six Carryover ($65,323) For Saturday

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Posted 04.27.12 at 10:59

Utopian and jockey Mike Smith are guided into the winner's circle after victory in the Inglewood. © Benoit Photo Utopian and jockey Mike Smith, outside, overtake Smug (Joel Rosario), inside, to win the Inglewood Handicap. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 27, 2012)—After tracking a slow pace throughout, Utopian edged Smug in the final strides to win the $98,000 Inglewood Handicap Friday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

The first night program of the Spring/Summer meet also produced the season’s initial Pick Six carryover. The carryover for Saturday, which features the 13th California Gold Rush, is $65,323.

Post time is 1 p.m. The Pick Six will begin in the fifth race, which is the $70,000 Grey Memo Stakes. Scheduled post time is 3:06 p.m.

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Bejarano Sworn In As U.S. Citizen Friday

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Posted 04.27.12 at 9:14

A beaming Rafael Bejarano, was introduced as an American citizen for the first time prior to the third race.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 27, 2012)—Some two months after passing his test, jockey Rafael Bejarano was sworn in as a United States citizen Friday.

A 15-time riding titlist in Southern California, Bejarano, 29, was inducted in a ceremony Friday in Louisville, Ky. before flying back to California so he could honor his mounts in the evening at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A winner of more than 2,700 races and over $123 million in purses, Bejarano was extremely proud of his status.

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Acclamation Scratched From Inglewood Handicap

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Posted 04.27.12 at 5:20

Acclamation winning the 2011 Charles Whittingham under Joe Talamo. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 27, 2012)—Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, has had his comeback put on hold.

The two-time winner of both the Jim Murray and Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicaps was scratched from Friday night’s $100,000 Inglewood Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Don Warren, who trains the 6-year-old California bred for owner-breeders Bud and Judy Johnston and Peter and Mary Hilvers, said the decision was made after the son of Unusual Heat galloped Thursday morning.

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Show Me The Money Begins May 6

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Posted 04.27.12 at 5:13

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 27, 2012)—The popular Show Me The Money contest – presented by Golden Nugget Las Vegas – will return Sunday, May 6 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

The winner-take-all prize is $3,000 plus a two-night VIP stay at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas.

Contestants choose a single horse from one of six designated races each day.

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American Act Overcomes Turn Issues In Henson; Bejarano, Delgadillo Win Pair On Opening Day

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Posted 04.26.12 at 5:01

Favored American Act gets up to win the Harry Henson Stakes on opening day. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 26, 2012)-Despite drifting out badly entering the stretch, favored American Act was able to get up and defeat Senor Rain by a nose in the $72,350 Harry Henson Stakes (video) on Thursday, opening day of Betfair Hollywood Park’s Spring/Summer meet.

Ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano, the 3-year-old Quiet American gelding earned his second win in six starts for Howard and Janet Siegel Racing LLC and trainer Jack Carava.

In a race switched from turf to Cushion Track due to earlier rain, American Act completed the six furlongs in 1:11.00. This was the first time the Henson, named in honor of the legendary track announcer, had been run on something other than grass since Salish Shaman won under jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. in 1999.

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$72,350 - Harry Henson Stakes - 60th Running - 6 Furlongs

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 04.26.12 at 4:53

Jockey Quotes

RAFAEL BEJARANO, AMERICAN ACT, Winner: “He was fine in the beginning. I was right behind all the speed and just following everybody. He wasn’t doing anything wrong. At the three-eighths he changed leads, but before he came to the stretch he changed his leads back and tried to go straight. There wasn’t anything I could do. Soon as he got to the stretch he took off again and I could feel my horse coming back and getting into the race. He felt OK and I decided to go on with him. It was the first time he was in the outside position and I think he was just scared a little bit.”

MARIO GUTIERREZ, SENOR RAIN, Second: “My horse, he ran his race. I kind of saw that other horse (American Act) coming but it was hard to tell because he was way on the outside. It takes a nice horse to do what he did and still win.”

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Nereid Returns In Wilshire Handicap Sunday

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Posted 04.26.12 at 1:33

Nereid is scheduled to go postward in Sunday's Wilshire Handicap. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 26, 2012)—Nereid, who finished in a dead heat with Cambina in the Grade I American Oaks last July 16, will make her 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A Grade III at one mile on turf, the Wilshire is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m.

Owned by Eric Kronfeld and trained by John Shirreffs, Nereid hasn’t run since finishing third in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Cup last Oct. 15 at Keeneland.

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Spring/Summer Meet Offers Sports Related Contests

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Posted 04.26.12 at 12:11

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 26, 2012) —Betfair Hollywood Park will feature National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball related contests during the 2012 Spring/Summer meet.

The 50-day season began today and continues through Sunday, July 15.

The new Horses and Hoops contest, which begins Sunday, April 29, offers a $600 prize for correctly picking the winners of three designated NBA games and the winner of three selected Betfair Hollywood Park races. The money carries over if no one hits all six.

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