Cowboy Cal Looks to Bounce Back in Citation
Date Posted: 11/24/2009 7:32:47 PM
Last Updated: 11/27/2009 2:24:19 PM

Cowboy Cal will try to bounce back from a 10th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile in the Citation Handicap.
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(edited press release)

Robert and Janice McNair’s Cowboy Cal  , runner-up here last fall in the Hollywood Derby (gr. I), will try to bounce back from a 10th-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) in Hollywood Park’s $300,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 27.

The Citation will run as the ninth of 10 races on Friday’s program at Hollywood Park. First post is at 12:30 p.m.

Cowboy Cal tired after vying for the lead in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Two starts back the 4-year-old son of Giant's Causeway   scored a front-running victory in the Oak Tree Mile (gr. IT).

A winner of five of 12 starts on the turf, Cowboy Cal is the 120-pound highweight in the Citation, which will be run at 1 1/16 miles on opening day of Hollywood Park’s three-day Turf Festival. He has won seven of 18 starts overall and has earned $1,001,810.

Cowboy Cal will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano for the first time in the field of 10 older horses.

Monzante, from the Mike Mitchell stable along with Ever a Friend, will be shortening up after finishing sixth in the Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) at 1 ½ miles. The 5-year-old gelding had a big year on turf in 2008, finishing second here in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) before winning Del Mar’s Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT).

Ever a Friend won an allowance race at Santa Anita Nov. 5 following an 18-month layoff. Claimed for $62,500 in December of 2007, he won the Kilroe Mile (gr. IT) in March and finished second here in the Shoemaker Mile (gr. IT) in 2008.

German-bred Proudinsky   is the richest horse in the race with earnings of $1,117,953. The 6-year-old won the Mervin Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT) in 2008 and 2009 at the Fair Grounds. Winner of six of 20 starts — all on turf — he will be making his first start since finishing third in the Monmouth Stakes in June.

Proudinsky and Fluke will be saddled by long-time Bobby Frankel assistant Humberto Ascanio, who officially took over the Hall of Fame trainer’s 22-horse Hollywood Park stable after his death Nov. 16.

Brazilian-bred Fluke, a 4-year-old, has finished first or second in seven of nine turf starts. He rallied to win a one-mile allowance race Sept. 18 at Belmont Park while making his most recent start.

French-bred Blue Chagall steps up to graded company in quest of his third straight victory after capturing the one-mile Lure at Santa Anita.

El Gato Malo, eighth behind California Flag in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, won an allowance race at the Citation distance at Del Mar in September. The son of El Corredor   is one-for-three on turf.

Argentine-bred Skyrush finished fourth behind Cowboy Cal in the Oak Tree Mile; Enriched shifts to turf following a second in the On Trust Handicap, and Times Gone By enters following a fourth-place finish in the nine-furlong Clement Hirsch (gr. IT) at Santa Anita in October.


PP – Horse – Wgt – Jockey
1 – Fluke – 113 – Joe Talamo
2 – Skyrush – 114 – Martin Pedroze
3 – Proudinsky – 119 – Mike Smith
4 – Blue Chagall – 115 – Garrett Gomez
5 – Ever a Friend – 118 – Joel Rosario
6 – Cowboy Cal – 120 – Rafael Bejarano
7 – El Gato Malo – 114 – David Flores
8 – Enriched – 110 – Michael Baze
9 – Monzante – 116 – Alex Solis
10 – Times Gone By – 113 – Alonso Quinonez

 

 



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