Frankel Has Trio for Inglewood Handicap
Updated: Saturday, May 3, 2008 10:45 AM
Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2008 4:27 PM
Trainer Bobby Frankel takes aim at Hollywood Park's $100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. III) on May 3 with three entrants -- Heroi Do Bafra, Hello Sunday and Storm Military.
Frankel runners account for one-third of the field in the Inglewood, a 1 1/16-mile grass test. The multiple graded winner Get Funky, out of action since Oct. 27, is the 119-pound high weight.
Keith Abrahams' 5-year-old Get Funky won Oak Tree's Morvich Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the hillside turf course for trainer John Sadler last fall in the horse's most recent start. The son of Straight Man
also won the 2006 Del Mar Derby (gr. IIT).
Michael Baze will be aboard Get Funky for the first time.
El Roblar, a 6-year-old War Chant
horse trained by Richard Mandella, began a comeback April 5 with a third-place finish in the Potrero Grande Handicap (gr. II) on Santa Anita's synthetic track at 6 1/2 furlongs.
With five victories in 13 starts, El Roblar is unbeaten in two outings at Hollywood Park, including a win in the 7 1/2-furlong Ack Ack Handicap (gr. III) last June before going to the sidelines for the remainder of the year.
"He's had his comeback race and has been training well," said Mandella of the Stonestreet Stables standard-bearer.
A four-time winner of the Inglewood, Frankel is hoping to land a graded score for one member of his trio.
The French-bred 5-year-old Hello Sunday, owned by Gary Tanaka, has lost six in a row since winning an allowance start at Del Mar last July. The Brazilian-bred 6-year-old Heroi Do Bafra, a group I winner in his native land, is winless in seven U.S. starts since being transferred here by owner T N T stud to begin the 2007 season. The Argentina-bred 6-year-old Storm Military, also a group I winner in his country of origin, has a stakes triumph on grass for owners Castleton Lyons and La Biznaga, and has captured two of his six North American starts.
Mr Napper Tandy scratched from the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap (gr. II) a week ago to run on the grass instead for trainer Jack Carava. The Great Britain import, owned by La Canada Stables, is coming off a win over Santa Anita's synthetic track going 1 1/16 miles March 23.
The 4-year-old colt has also won on the grass in the U.S and was group-placed in Ireland a year ago.
$100,000 Inglewood Handicap (gr. III, Race 5, 2:15 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Ghosttrapper (FL), 113, Jon K. Court
2. Uffizi (KY), 113, Brice Blanc
3. El Roblar (KY), 118, Victor Espinoza
4. Heroi Do Bafra (BRZ), 115, Aaron T. Gryder
5. Hello Sunday (FR), 114, Martin Garcia
6. Rather Be Lucky (KY), 112, Joel Rosario
7. Get Funky (FL), 119, Michael C. Baze
8. Mr Napper Tandy (GB), 115, Alex O. Solis
9. Storm Military (ARG), 117, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
FREE! E-Newsletters from The Blood-Horse!...
Follow the top stories of major racing events, racing previews and results with FREE e-newsletters from bloodhorse.com. As news develops, we'll deliver updates to your inbox. Follow important events moment by moment, step by step!