Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert figures likely to add to his record total of victories in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) Nov. 22. The race for 2-year-olds at seven furlongs on Cushion Track drew a field of five…and Baffert trains four of them.
The Prevue is the first of nine races on the Thanksgiving holiday program at Betfair Hollywood Park. Post time is 11 a.m. PST.
Baffert, who won the Prevue for a fifth time last year with So Brilliant, entered Super Ninety Nine, Shakin It Up, Z Big Apple, and Really Mr Greely. The other entrant is Heir Kitty, a filly trained by Peter Miller.
An impressive winner in his debut Oct. 7 at Santa Anita Park, Super Ninety Nine was to have made his second start in the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, but was scratched after he became cast in his stall the evening before the $500,000 race.
Owned by the Chu family's Tanma Corp., the son of Pulpit out of the Unbridled's Song mare Exogenetic won by 1 1/4 lengths in his debut at the Prevue distance. He was a $260,000 purchase out of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s June sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Bred and owned by Mike Pegram and Dennis Cardoza, Shakin It Up has one win from two starts, graduating by 4 1/2 lengths Oct. 27 at Santa Anita after finishing second to Super Ninety Nine. The son of Pegram’s champion sprinter Midnight Lute and the Vindication mare Silver Bullet Moon has banked $37,600.
Like Super Ninety Nine, Z Big Apple won his debut, prevailing by three-quarters of a length as the 6-5 favorite Oct. 20 at Santa Anita. The son of Malibu Moon —Stormy Monday, by Storm Cat, was a $250,000 purchase by Zayat Stables at the OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Fourth behind Z Big Apple in his bow, Really Mr. Greely broke his maiden by 7 1/2 lengths in his second race, a $100,000 claimer Nov. 4 at Santa Anita.
Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman own the son of Horse Greely and the Forest Camp mare Mattie Camp.
Heir Kitty will try to become the first female winner of the Prevue. Owned by David Bernsen and Paul Makin, the daughter of Wildcat Heir and the Silver Buck mare Be Silver has won once in three starts and earned $66,000. She was last seen finishing fifth in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) Sept. 1 behind Executiveprivilege and Beholder, the one-two finishers in the Nov. 2 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).
$100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III, race 1, 11 a.m. post, PST, 2-year-olds, seven furlongs, Cushion Track
PP, Horse, Jockey, Trainer
1, Heir Kitty, Garrett Gomez, P. Miller
2, Shakin It Up, Martin Garcia, B. Baffert
3, Z Big Apple, Joe Talamo, B. Baffert
4, Really Mr. Greely, J. Leparoux, B. Baffert
5, Super Ninety Nine, R. Bejarano, B. Baffert