Hollywood Story Drills for Third Crack at Distaff
Updated: Saturday, October 21, 2006 2:49 PM
Posted: Thursday, October 19, 2006 6:17 PM
George Krikorian's millionaire Hollywood Story, getting ready for her next start in the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) on Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs, worked six furlongs in 1:14 over Santa Anita's fast main track on Thursday.
Jockey David Flores, who will be aboard the 5-year-old daughter of Wild Rush in the World Thoroughbred Championships, was in the irons for the move, which was the sixth fastest of the 12 who went six furlongs on the day.
Hollywood Story finished third in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) in her last start on Oct. 1 and won this year's Vanity Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park in July.
"David Flores really gets along well with her," Michelle Jensen, assistant to trainer John Shirreffs, said. "He's really working hard to learn about her and get to know her even better since her last race."
According to Jensen, Hollywood Story will ship to Churchill Downs on Oct. 24 and have her final pre-Breeders' Cup work over the Churchill main track. Jensen also said there's a good possibility that Hollywood Story will remain in training and race again as a 6-year-old next year.
"She's completely sound," Jensen said. "And her owner is the kind of guy who likes to see his horses race. She has the rest of her life to have babies."
Hollywood Story has banked $1,171,105 from a record of 26-4-6-6. She won the 2003 Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I), the 2004 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) and 2004 Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III). She also placed in 11 other graded events over her four-year career so far.
This year's World Thoroughbred Championships will be Hollywood Story's fourth appearance on "Racing's Championship Day." She finished fourth in the 2003 Juvenile Fillies (gr.) at Santa Anita, 10th in the Distaff in 2004 at Lone Star Park and eighth in the same event last year at Belmont Park.
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