A competitive field has been entered for the $150,000 American Handicap, a grade II turf event July 4 at Hollywood Park. The holiday program includes the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes, a grade III event for 2-year-old fillies.
After a second meeting of trainers and track officials, Hollywood Park on June 30 averted a threatened boycott of entries by trainers unhappy with soaring workers' compensation insurance costs.
Trainer Bobby Frankel notched another stakes win Sunday when Inesperado closed from the back of the pack to win in the $182,600 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park. Under Kent Desormeaux, the French-bred son of Zayyani completed the 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.63 on the firm turf.
Trainers unhappy with soaring workers' compensation insurance costs refused to enter any horses for the July 3 races at Hollywood Park following a 90-minute meeting with Southern California racing association officials June 29.
Astra takes her place in history with a repeat victory in the Beverly Hills Handicap.
Cyclorama, a leading turf filly in the East, was scheduled to be flown from New York on June 28 to join the cast for the inaugural $500,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 14-miles on the turf. The race will be run at Hollywood Park on July 6.
Recently retired Hall of Fame rider Chris McCarron will be signing memorabilia at Hollywood Park on July 6 as part of a "Jockeys Across America" fundraiser for the Don McBeth Memorial Jockey Fund.
Inesperado might feel more inspiration than usual when he lines up for the $200,000-added Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park Sunday.
European horses invited to the inaugural $500,000 American Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/4 miles on turf July 6 at Hollywood Park are expected to arrive Monday, according to Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza.
Chris McCarron, whose mounts have earned more money than any jockey in history, seems destined to expand that figure on Sunday when he takes his last ride on Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) champion Came Home in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Affirmed Handicap (gr. III).
If there was anyone who doubted Milwaukee Brew, they'd better think again. Proving his four-length romp in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in March wasn't a fluke but instead a sign, the brawny bay changed his tactics and still came up big on June 15, running down Bosque Redondo late to win the $500,000 Californian Stakes (gr. II) at nine furlongs.
Adoration and favored Saint Bernadette dueled for the lead around the second turn before Adoration gained a short lead in the stretch and held on to win Saturday's $266,800 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) by a length at Hollywood Park.
Denon made amends for two disappointing races earlier this year with a 1 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $350,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.
Kentucky Derby (gr. I) sixth-place finisher Came Home will return to the races June 23 at Hollywood Park in the Affirmed Stakes (gr. III), the final local prep for the $500,000 Swaps Stakes (gr. II) on July 14.
The Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) will be renewed Saturday at Hollywood Park, with two of the trainers with horses entered in the race having ties to the man for whom the race is named. Laura de Seroux, who was an exercise rider for the trainer from 1973-89, will saddle Startac, while Neil Drysdale, a Whittingham assistant for four years, sends out Sarafan.
Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew returns to the races Saturday to face eight horses in the $500,000 Californian Stakes at Hollywood Park. The track offers three graded stakes for Saturday's card, which features a $1 million guaranteed pick six and a bobblehead doll giveaway.
Hollywood Park will offer a stakes tripleheader worth $1.1 million in purses June 15. Along with a strong 10-race program, the Inglewood, Calif., racetrack will offer a pick six with a $1-million guaranteed pool and give away Bob Baffert bobblehead dolls.
Racing and breeding news and information.
That chestnut blur you saw zooming across the Hollywood turf on June 8 was Megahertz. Don't blink or you may miss her. So far, the 3-year-old daughter of Pivotal has been unstoppable since she first set foot on local shores, and her sniper-like triumph in the $164,050 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) suggests she just might run the stakes table this summer.
Less than a year ago Futural won the grade I, $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup by 1 1/2 lengths before being disqualified and placed third. Thursday at Hollywood Park the 6-year-old son of Future Storm finished last as the 9-5 favorite while racing for a claiming tag of $80,000.
Trainer Ron McAnally hopes to spring an upset in the $200,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday at Hollywood Park with French-import Alozaina. If he does, he will tie the late trainer Charlie Whittingham for most Honeymoon victories.
Trainer Richard Mandella is planning to enter two Brazilian-bred horses in the 1 1/8-mile Californian Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood Park June 15, Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) winner Redattore and recent optional claiming race winner Investor's Dream.
Eight-year-old Kona Gold returns, takes the Los Angeles Handicap under 125 pounds.
Doc Holiday used front-running tactics to win Saturday's $106,500 Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park. The mild upset helped cause a $166,631 pick six carryover heading into Sunday's card.
Eclipse champion Kona Gold will make his 2002 debut in Sunday's Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park. Kona Gold concedes 10 to 13 pounds to his five rivals.
The proposed transfer of Los Angeles County Fair racing dates from Fairplex to Santa Anita Park has drawn immediate opposition from another tenant of Santa Anita, the Oak Tree Racing Association, as well as others.
Eclipse champion Kona Gold is expected to make his 2002 debut in the June 2 Los Angeles Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park. Alex Solis will ride the 8-year-old gelding in the six-furlong race.
The Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Azeri has only raced seven times, but the 4-year-old daughter of Jade Hunter has built a solid resume, winning six of those races including Saturday's decisive win in the $211,400 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Hollywood Park's first race Monday is the $150,000 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II), the first of three graded stakes on the track's holiday card.
Jockey Patrick Valenzuela continued his thus far successful comeback with a four-win day at Hollywood Park Wednesday. Calzada Kid won the $60,180 feature race under Valenzuela, giving him his first four-victory day in nine years.
Monday's $500,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park is shaping up to be a battle between the West Coast's top turf distaffers and two Eastern-based invaders, with Astra and Starine representing the West and grade I winner Voodoo Dancer and John C. Oxley's Snow Dance shipping in from the East.
Janis Whitham's Affluent, a grade I winner on dirt and turf, will attempt to break the $1-million mark in career earnings May 25 in the $200,000 Milady Handicap at Hollywood Park. The grade I race will be run at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Juddmonte Farms' homebred Skipping won the $80,175 Jim Murray Handicap on Sunday, beating Startac by two lengths in the 1 1/2-mile turf race at Hollywood Park.
Tails of the Crypt, listed as a possible starter for the Belmont Stakes, finished second Saturday in the $162,750 Marine Stakes (Can-III) at Woodbine. Also, another horse listed by Belmont Park as a possible starter in the third leg of the Triple Crown has been entered in Thursday's feature race at Hollywood Park –- the $75,000 Alydar Stakes.
September Secret, a daughter of leading sire Our Emblem, wins the Railbird Stakes.
Lusty Latin, 15th in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), will be sidelined for about three months due to a hairline fracture of a cannon bone, according to trainer Jeff Mullins.
Sky Jack utilized a front-running trip under Laffit Pincay Jr. to win Sunday's $150,000 Mervyn Leroy Handicap (gr. II) by 5 1/2 lengths over Bosque Redondo at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old gelded son of Jaklin Klugman completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.36 on a fast track.
A day after Texas Ranger Rafael Palmeiro homered for the second straight game, Palmeiro snapped a six-race losing streak Wednesday, winning the $55,000 feature race at Hollywood Park by two lengths over Mysterious Cat. Palmeiro's victory followed a series of longshot winners on Wednesday's Hollywood Park card, resulting in a pick six carryover of $102,812 heading into Thursday's program.
The TV Games Network is enjoying record growth due to the opening of Hollywood Park, the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), and an increasing popularity in Quarter Horse racing at Los Alamitos.
Jockey Victor Espinoza returns to Southern California to win the Inglewood aboard Night Patrol.
Amerman Racing's Adoration set moderate fractions while alone on the lead, then held 3-5 favorite High Society in the stretch to win Saturday's $107,300 Senorita Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Hollywood Park.
Futural, a disappointing 12th in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) in early March, returns to the races Wednesday in an optional claiming/allowance race at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old horse looks to regroup for the spring and summer handicaps in the 7 1/2-furlong race.
A victory by longshot Ladylore in the Melair Stakes, the first leg of Sunday's pick six at Hollywood Park, paved the way for a pick six carryover of $683,636 heading into Wednesday's card. Track officials estimate the pot for Wednesday's pick six wager could approach $3 million.
The late John Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm colors were prominent during the opening week at Hollywood Park
Jockey Chris McCarron will attempt to win the $100,000 Hawthorne Handicap (gr. III) for a sixth consecutive renewal on Saturday at Hollywood Park. McCarron will guide co-favored Ask Me No Secrets in the 1 1/16-mile main track feature for fillies and mares.
David and Jill Heerensperger's Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) winner Millennium Wind worked five furlongs at Wednesday in 1:01 1/5 at Hollywood Park. The 4-year-old son of Cryptoclearance is about a month away from a race, according to trainer David Hofmans.
Officials with Hollywood Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California struck a deal April 23 on revenue splits for wagers made on the track's races. The Hollywood Park spring meet opens April 24.
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Hollywood Park has landed Cal Fed Bank, based in San Francisco, as sponsor of the April 28 California Gold Rush Day. The three-year deal makes Cal Fed Bank the official bank of the racetrack.
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