Great Britain-bred Worldly, winner of his U.S. debut last month, will try to register his first stakes victory in Saturday’s $100,000 Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT) for 3-year-olds over one mile on Hollywood Park’s Lakeside Turf Course.
The gray/roan son of Selkirk, winner of one of three starts in Great Britain, will be shortening up by a furlong when he faces seven other 3-year-olds for trainer Ben Cecil in the Will Rogers.
Silent Soul, second to Worldly in the allowance start at Santa Anita, came back to score an impressive win at the Will Rogers distance at Hollywood April 28. The chestnut son of Afternoon Deelites has two wins and two second in four starts on the turf
Major Bozarth, second in the Grindstone Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf at the Fair Grounds on March 24, makes his third start for trainer Bobby Frankel.
Hurry Home Warren, winner of the Hollywood's Harry Henson April 27, has a pair of victories and a second since trainer Jesse Mendoza moved him to turf three starts back.
Irish-bred Yario rallied to win his lone U.S. start on the hillside turf course at about 6 1/2 furlongs for trainer Eoin Harty at Santa Anita in April.
Yario, by Danehill, rallied from 11 lengths back to win his stateside bow on April 11.
"The distance won't be a problem," said Harty confidently of the colt's first outing beyond seven furlongs. He won two of six starts in Ireland last year for trainer Kevin Pendergast.
"In his first start, he got beat by less than a length by Finsceal Beo, who went on to become champion 2-year-old filly in Ireland," said Harty, who purchased the colt privately last fall for his wife Kathy and Linda and Dick Laird of Del Mar. "He has been training well and will work five furlongs (at Santa Anita) Monday."
$100,000 Will Rogers Stakes (gr. IIIT, Race 9, 5:55 p.m.), 3-Year-Olds, 1 Mile
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Sevengoldnmissiles (KY), 115, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
2. Worldly (GB), 119, Victor Espinoza
3. Hurry Home Warren (KY), 115, Corey S. Nakatani
4. Laddies Poker (KY), 117, David Cohen
5. Candy's Bro (KY), 115, Richard Migliore
6. Silent Soul (KY), 119, Michael C. Baze
7. Mayor Bozarth (KY), 119, Brice Blanc
8. Yario (IRE), 115, David R. Flores