Include Me Out Seeks Another Grade I In Vanity Handicap; Willard Proctor Memorial, Cinderella Also On Tap

Racing News
Posted 06.13.12 at 1:22

Jay Em Ess Stable's Include Me Out and jockey Joseph Talamo win the Marjorie L. Everett Handicap. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 13, 2012)—Include Me Out will try for her fourth consecutive graded stakes win when she faces seven others in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A Grade I for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, the Vanity is the most significant of three stakes on the program. It will be preceded by a pair of 5 ½ furlong races for 2-year-olds – the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes and the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes, which is restricted to fillies.

Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. The Vanity is the ninth of 10 races. The Proctor goes as the third and the Cinderella is the seventh.

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Bob Ike To Guest With Hoover On Inside Scoop

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Posted 06.13.12 at 11:03

Syndicated handicapper Bob Ike. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 13, 2012)-Longtime syndicated handicapper Bob Ike, who is also a founding partner of Summit Racing, will be Kurt Hoover’s guest on the Inside Scoop Saturday, June 16 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Ike and Hoover will discuss the Grade I, $250,000 Vanity Handicap, the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes and the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes as well as selected other races on the Betfair Hollywood Park program.

The Inside Scoop will begin at 12 Noon at the Paddock Tote Board.

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Stylish Comeback For All Star Heart

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Posted 06.10.12 at 5:32

All Star Heart and jockey Brice Blanc win the Redondo Beach Stakes. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 10, 2012)—A layoff of some 6 ½ months proved no issue for All Star Heart in the $72,800 Redondo Beach Stakes (video) Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Making her first appearance since winning the Grade II Las Palmas Stakes last Nov. 6, the Canadian bred rallied strongly in the final furlong to defeat Hard to Resist and six others.

Owned by breeder Gerald Gibbs and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, the 5-year-old daughter of Arch and the Ascot Knight mare Gift of the Heart completed the mile on turf in 1:35.45. Her victory margin was a half-length.

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$72,800 Redondo Beach Stakes - 7th Running - 1 Mile (Turf)

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 06.10.12 at 5:26

Jockey Quotes

BRICE BLANC, ALL STAR HEART, Winner: “She’s just a nice horse. She just likes to win. The race worked out perfectly for me. Everybody went wide and I just dropped in and saved some ground in a beautiful position. She got a little bit keen going to the backside and after that she came back to me beautifully. I just waited and everything kind of opened up. She’s always had that nice turn of foot. (McAnally) has done an amazing job with her and I’m just glad to be part of it.”

VICTOR ESPINOZA, STAR BILLING, Eighth: “She bobbled a little on the first turn and she was a little uncomfortable from that point. On the backside she tried to grab the bridle just a little, but not much. At the three-eighths, I emptied out and I just didn’t have enough horse to keep going with her. We’ll see what happens next time.”

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Show Me The Money Down To Final Two

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Posted 06.10.12 at 4:42

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 10, 2012)—Only two players remain alive in the $3,000 winner-take-all Show Me The Money –Presented by Golden Nugget Las Vegas – contest at Betfair Hollywood Park.

The free challenge, which began May 6 with 1,738 players, requires a participant to choose one horse each racing day – in six designated races – at least 10 minutes prior to the first race. The selected horse must finish first, second or third for a player to continue.

The last person standing will receive the cash prize along with a two-night VIP stay at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas.

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On Track, Total Attendance Rise On Belmont Stakes Day

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Posted 06.10.12 at 1:29

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 10, 2012)—Despite the Friday scratch of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another from the Belmont Stakes, eliminating an opportunity for the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years, on-track attendance Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park increased better than 12.5 per cent over the corresponding day in 2011.

The on-track crowd was 7,859 in 2012 compared to 6,980 a year ago.

Total Southern California attendance was also up, rising more than 9.3 per cent. The total attendance Saturday was 24,913 compared to 22,728 in 2011.

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O’Neill Takes Things In Stride, Back To Business As Usual

Stable Notes
Posted 06.10.12 at 12:40

Trainer Doug O'Neill. © Benoit Photo

With all the ups and downs Doug O’Neill has experienced over the last five weeks, one might assume he would need a day or two to catch his breath. Yet there he was, sitting at the desk in his stable office 7 a.m. Sunday, studying his computer and tending to business as usual.

“I think that’s a sign of how much we all love this game,” said the now nationally known trainer. “I couldn’t wait to get back.”

O’Neill remarked that future plans are still up in the air, but immediate arrangements for I’ll Have Another have been set.

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$250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap - Grade I - 44th Running - 1 ¼ Miles (Turf)

Jockey and Trainer Quotes
Posted 06.09.12 at 5:38

Jockey Quotes

PATRICK VALENZUELA, ACCLAMATION, Winner: “I’ve been working out a lot and doing my cardiovascular work. I had plenty of horse the whole time. He relaxed on the lead and when they came to me on the last turn, I just asked him a little and he picked it up nice. Going that far, they were going to go :48 and change, :49 pace anyway. I’m glad (jockey) Eswan (Flores on Barney Rebel) didn’t use his horse to try and make it a speed duel. But my horse would have put him away and kept running anyway. (Warren) has done a tremendous job bring him back to where he was at today. I feel that he’s going to improve off this race. Coming back off an eight month layoff with a setback and a month in between, he did a great job. This is just a tremendous horse. I feel like Acclamation does, really good.”

DAVID FLORES, SLIM SHADEY, Second: “My horse ran his race. Acclamation just loves this track and he’s in good condition. We just got beat by a better horse. I can’t feel bad about it at all. There was just no pace and that killed us.”

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