I’ll Have Another Calls Betfair Hollywood Park Home

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Posted 05.05.12 at 5:55

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 5, 2012)—Betfair Hollywood Park had been the home of I’ll Have Another, who won the 138th Kentucky Derby Saturday at Churchill Downs, before the talented son of Flower Alley made his way east a week ago.

In fact, I’ll Have Another had five recorded works over Cushion Track between March 12-April 27 prior to his two biggest victories – the Santa Anita Derby April 7 and the Saturday score in America’s most famous race.

A Kentucky bred out of the Arch mare Edith’s Arch, I’ll Have Another is owned by J. Paul Reddam, the sponsor of the Grade I CashCall Futurity, a race which has produced many Triple Crown winners during its illustrious history.

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Morning Line Ready To Roll After Hiatus In `LeRoy; Pick Six Carryover ($58,358) Awaits Players Sunday

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Posted 05.05.12 at 5:49

Morning Line led throughout in the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 5, 2012)—A lengthy layoff proved no obstacle for Morning Line as the 5-year-old led throughout in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (video) Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Even before the win by the 5-1 shot in the Grade II, a Pick Six carryover was assured.

When racing resumes Sunday, there will be $58,358 awaiting players.

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Reneesgotzip Cuts Back, Scores In Friday Feature

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Posted 05.04.12 at 5:03

Reneesgotzip scores a gate-to-wire victory in the Friday feature. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 4, 2012)—Shortening up after consecutive routes, Reneesgotzip remained undefeated in races around one turn with a gate-to-wire victory in the $57,000 feature Friday (video) at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Runner-up in a pair of Grade I’s at Santa Anita – the Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks – in her most recent outings, the 3-year-old City Zip filly won for the third time sprinting for the Lanni Family Trust and trainer Peter Miller.

Ridden by apprentice Eswan Flores, the 7-10 favorite in the field of five quickly established command after breaking from the inside and wasn’t seriously menaced en route to a 2 ¼ length victory. The final time for the 6 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track was 1:16.66.

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

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Posted 05.03.12 at 5:12

Hard to Resist (outside) 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 (video) 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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Grade I Winner Teddy’s Promise Returns Sunday

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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

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

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

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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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