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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Class Drop Pays Off For Hard To Resist ($15.40)

Racing News
Posted 05.03.12 at 5:12

Hard to Resist takes the Thursday Feature under David Flores. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 3, 2012)—A drop out of graded company proved the winning move for Hard to Resist in the $57,700 feature Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Nearly six weeks after finishing seventh of 10 in the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes at Santa Anita, Hard to Resist, who trailed after the opening half mile, collared pacesetter Let’s Go Cheyenne in the closing yards for her third career victory.

Owned by a partnership that includes Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stables, Ciaglia Racing, Marc Ferrell and Rob Dyrdek and trained by Peter Eurton, the 4-year-old daughter of Johannesburg and the Gulch mare Anja completed the 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:41.53.

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Opinions Vary Greatly In A Wide Open Kentucky Derby

Stable Notes
Posted 05.03.12 at 2:58

As would be expected in another competitive Kentucky Derby, opinions on the backstretch are wide ranging. Here is a sampling:

CHANTAL SUTHERLAND (Jockey)—“I’ve been going back and forth between Union Rags and Bodemeister. Naturally, I’d love to see Bob Baffert win it (Bodemeister and Liaison), but Union Rags will be tough.”

JULIO CANANI (Trainer)—“Whoever (Calvin) Borel is riding (Take Charge Indy). All he does is win the Derby.”

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Grade I Winner Teddy’s Promise Returns Sunday

Racing News
Posted 05.03.12 at 2:41

Teddy's Promise scored a 16-1 surprise in the La Brea Stakes. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 3, 2012)—Grade I winner Teddy’s Promise will make her first start since Jan. 28 in the $70,000 Time To Leave Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

An ungraded race for fillies and mares at five furlongs over Cushion Track, the Time to Leave is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m.

Trained by Ron Ellis for owner-breeders Ted and Judy Nichols, Teddy’s Promise earned the biggest victory of her career on the final day of 2011. The Salt Lake filly out of the Capote mare Braids and Beads scored a 16-1 surprise in the La Brea Stakes, defeating Sugarinthemorning and eight others.

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Morning Line Makes First Start For John Shirreffs In `LeRoy; Kentucky Derby Simulcast, Early Post Time (11 A.M.) Saturday

Racing News
Posted 05.02.12 at 1:21

Trainer John Shirreffs. Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 2, 2012)—Multiple graded stakes winner Morning Line will make his first start of 2012 and first for trainer John Shirreffs in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A Grade II at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the LeRoy is the first of three stakes on the 11-race card, following the $70,000 Cool Frenchy for older horses at five furlongs and the $100,000 Senorita Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf. The LeRoy is race 10 while the Senorita is the fifth and Cool Frenchy the sixth.

In conjunction with the simulcast of the 138th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs, Betfair Hollywood Park will have an early post time of 11 a.m. Saturday.

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$100,000 Wilshire Handicap - Grade III - 51st Running - 1 Mile (Turf)

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 04.29.12 at 5:55

Jockey Quotes

MARIO GUTIERREZ, QUIET OASIS, Winner: “The race went exactly like we thought. He (trainer Ben Cecil) told me to break out of there and try to get her to relax. Actually, she was pretty easy to ride today. She relaxed really well and we got the job done.”

MIKE SMITH, NEREID, Fourth: “Naturally I would have loved to win, but she ran dynamite. Coming off a layoff she ran great. She’ll improve.”

h4.Trainer Quotes

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Quiet Oasis Ready Off Bench, Wins Wilshire At 15-1

Racing News
Posted 04.29.12 at 5:39

Quiet Oasis and jockey Mario Gutierrez, outside, hold off Antares World (Kevin Krigger), left, and Briecat (Joseph Talamo), inside, to win the Wilshire Handicap. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 29, 2012)—Making her first start in more than five months, Quiet Oasis upset seven rivals and won the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap (video) Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Owner J. Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez, who collected his first local stakes win, hope the result was a positive omen for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Gutierrez will ride the Reddam-owned I’ll Have Another May 5 as the 3-year-old son of Flower Alley tries to repeat his success in the Santa Anita Derby.

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Acclamation Pronounced Fit; Could Run In Mervyn LeRoy

Stable Notes
Posted 04.29.12 at 12:57

Acclamation. © Benoit Photo

After a brief scare Thursday, Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, was declared fit and ready by trainer Don Warren and could run in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A Grade II at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track, the LeRoy is one of three stakes on a program that will also include the simulcast of the 138th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs.

According to Warren, Acclamation took “a few bad steps” Thursday in preparation for a start for Friday’s Inglewood Handicap. “We can’t take a chance with a horse like this,” Warren declared. “But the x-rays were clean, his legs were cold and he galloped perfect Saturday and Sunday.”

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Unusual Heatwave Completes Bejarano Quintuple; Willa B Awesome Outnods Starry Skies In Melair; Super High 5 Carryover ($31,360) For Sunday

Racing News
Posted 04.28.12 at 6:16

Willa B Awesome and jockey Martin Pedroza, outside, overtake Starry Skies (Joel Rosario), inside, to win the $300,000 Melair. © Benoit Photo Jockey Rafael Bejarano celebrates his fifth victory of the day aboard Mobilized in the Tiznow Stakes © Benoit Photo Benjamin C. Warren color bearer Warren's Jitterbug takes the B. Thoughful under jockey Rafael Bejarano. © Benoit Photo Owner Benjamin Warren got his third win on the day when Warren's Internet (outside), under Martin Pedroza, outfinished This Means War and Joe Talamo to win the Alphabet Kisses Stakes. Rafael Bejarano got his second of five winners on the card when Gatheratthealter won the Grey Memo Stakes for Live Your Dream Racing Stable. © Benoit Photo Unusual Heatwave wins the Snow Chief giving Bejarano his fourth of five victories on the day. © Benoit Photo Streakin Mohican, under Bejarano, set a new course record with his victory in the seventh race.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 28, 2012)— Unusual Heatwave, a half-brother to 2010 winner Alphie’s Bet, collared favored Stoney Fleece in the closing yards to take the $300,000 Snow Chief,(video) capping another memorable California Gold Rush Day for jockey Rafael Bejarano at Betfair Hollywood Park.

About 24 hours after he had been sworn in as a United States citizen, Bejarano, 29, won four other races Saturday – three of them stakes – and this was the second time he’s had five wins on a Gold Rush card. The Peruvian-born rider also accomplished the feat in 2009.

Through the first three days of the Spring/Summer meet, Bejarano has five stakes wins. The record for a Spring/Summer season is 18, set by Bill Shoemaker during a 77-day meet in 1971.

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