Laura's Lucky Boy in Cinema Spotlight

(from Hollywood Park report)
Laura's Lucky Boy, a four-length winner of last month's Will Rogers (gr. IIIT) in stakes record time, will seek his fourth straight victory on Saturday in Hollywood Park's $150,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

The Kentucky-bred son of Theatrical is expected to be a solid favorite when carrying high weight of 122 pounds against six rivals in the 58th running of Cinema. If victorious, Laura's Lucky Boy would become the seventh horse to complete a double of the spring/summer meet's major grass stakes for 3-year-olds. The list ranges from Round Table in 1957 to Let Bob Do It in 1996.

Mike Smith will replace suspended Patrick Valenzuela aboard the bay colt that gave trainer Jason Orman his first stakes win in the May 22 Will Rogers. He covered one mile on turf in 1:33.45 to better the previous stakes record of 1:33.80 set by Magical in 1988.

"He's really come around the last two or three months," Orman said following the Will Rogers. "After that first race, he really hasn't done anything wrong."

Bred by Madeleine Paulson and owned by Mercedes Stables, Laura's Lucky Boy broke slowly in his Feb. 28 debut at Santa Anita and never threatened under Mike Smith. The Hall of Fame jockey was back aboard when the colt broke his maiden on March 27 before Valenzuela took over with a game allowance race victory at Hollywood Park on April 28. Laura's Lucky Boy has earned $123,240 in his four starts.

Unbeaten in his two starts for Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, Greek Sun returns from a six-month layoff. The son of Danzig had chips removed from both knees after winning the Hill Rise Stakes at Santa Anita Park last Dec. 29. Peter Angelos, who owns the Baltimore Orioles baseball club, is the owner of Greek Sun, who has earned $71,850. He has posted a long series of solid works during the past two months.

Whilly is an import from Italy where he won four of seven starts. The Irish-bred colt finished eighth in the Italian Derby (Ity-I) at Rome in his last start May 30. Sold to Triple B Farm prior to the Italian Derby, Whilly will be turned over to trainer Doug O'Neill after being saddled by Bruno Grizetti in the Cinema.

Trainer Lonnie Arterburn is shipping Kilgowan south from Golden Gate Fields Friday to make his first grass start. The roan colt was a surprise winner of the El Camino Real Derby (gr. III) in March and will make his first start since finishing sixth in the Illinois Derby (gr. II) in April.

"He's bred to run on turf on the dam's side," said Arterburn of the Smoke Glacken colt out of the Dynaformer mare Port Roberto.

$150,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT), 3-year-olds, 1 1/8 mile on turf
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. Chubasco Red, Corey Nakatani, 114
2. Whilly, Tyler Baze, 117
3. Greek Sun, Alex Solis, 120
4. Kilgowan, Javier Santiago, 116
5. a-Unrivalled, Kent Desormeaux, 115
6. a-Blofeld, Victor Espinoza, 113
7. Laura's Lucky Boy, Mike Smith, 122
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