Mulhall Entry Part of Inglewood 'Cap Line-Up

(from Hollywood Park report)
Kristin Mulhall, the 21-year-old Californian who on Saturday aims to become the youngest trainer and first female ever to win a Kentucky Derby (gr. I) when saddling Imperialism at Churchill Downs, will double team the same day's $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.

Little over one hour following the 130th Run for the Roses, Mulhall assistant Yan Durepaire will have the double duty of placing saddles on Tronare and Statement in the 1 1/16-mile turf battle. Both 6-year-olds appear to be solid contenders among the nine entered.

Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, in search of his first Kentucky Derby victory with Master David, will be in position to win his fourth Inglewood with Brazilian-import Leroidesanimaux, who is coming off two allowance race triumphs.

Most accomplished entrant in the field is Irish Warrior, a fast-closing fourth in last October's Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) after winning the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) in August for trainer Wally Dollase. Irish Warrior has earned $755,000 from a 7-7-4 record in 24 career starts. Rene Douglas, a leading rider in Chicago, has flown here to handle Irish Warrior.

Mulhall's Tronare, a Chilean-bred, is coming off a victory in the Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Championship (gr. IIIT). Stablemate Statement is fresh off a strong effort in the Arcadia Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita on April 3 when second to Diplomatic Bag. He is a well-traveled New York-bred son of Seattle Slew. Frankel's Leroidesanimaux is a 4-year-old Brazilian-bred with three wins from six starts.

Designed for Luck, co-high weight with Just Wonder at 118 pounds, won a pair of stakes last year including the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT), but the 7-year-old gelding might best be remembered for one that got away. At odds of 58-1, he crossed the finish line first in the 2000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) only to be disqualified for stretch interference and placed fifth for trainer Vladimir Cerin. Overall, the son of Rahy has earned $611,320 from a 9-5-2 mark in 24 starts.

$100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. IIIT), 3 & up, 1 1/16 mile on turf
PP. Jockey, Weight
1. a-Statement, Javier Santiago, 115
2. a-Tronare, Joe Steiner, 116
3. Golden Dragon, Alex Bisono, 112;
4. Leroidesanimaux, Jon Court, 114
5. Devious Boy, Danny Sorenson, 115
6. Designed for Luck, Patrick Valenzuela, 118
7. Seinne, Kerwin John, 115
8. Irish Warrior, Rene Douglas, 117
9. Just Wonder, Russell Baze, 118
a- Kristin Mulhall-trained entry

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