While Bobby Frankel will be at Churchill Downs on Saturday to saddle favored Empire Maker in the 129th Kentucky Derby, an assistant trainer will tend to likely favorite Blue Steller in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at 1 1/16 mile on turf.
Trained by Frankel for Amerman Racing Stables, Irish-bred Blue Steller will carry high weight of 117 pounds among six entrants. The race, which drew a field of six, will be contested a little more than two hours following the Kentucky Derby.
Victorious in three of his last six starts and 5 of 19 overall for earnings of $365,618, Blue Steller will be ridden by Corey Nakatani.
Freefourinternet has shipped in from New Orleans where he is coming off a fast-closing third, a neck behind victorious Candid Glen, in the Explosive Bid Handicap (gr. IIT) at Fair Grounds.
Chilean-bred Gondolieri lost by a neck when second to Century City in the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita on April 6.$100,000-added Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT), 3 & up, 1 1/16 mile on turf
PP. Horse, Rider, Weight
1. Truly A Judge, Iggy Puglisi, 113
2. Touch Of The Blues, Victor Espinoza, 116
3. Blue Steller, Corey Nakatani, 117
4. Freefourinternet, Mike Smith, 116
5. Leprechaun Kid, Matt Garcia, 109
6. Gondolieri, Frank Alvarado, 116