$57,750 Auld Lang Syne - 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)

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Posted 12.22.13 at 7:14

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COREY NAKATANI ON WINNING THE FINAL RACE WITH WOODMAN’S LUCK
“Well, I made history. I won the last race and got the last set of days (he received a three-day suspension from the stewards earlier Sunday) at Hollywood Park. Kind of bittersweet. That was really emotional. It’s hard to really say that much. This has always been such a great place to be. After winning a bunch of races here, it’s hard to see it go. It’s pretty sad.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO ON WINNING THE FINAL RIDING TITLE
“It feels great to win the last title. It means a lot to me. When I came back to the winner’s circle, I could hear everyone cheering and I was just so happy.”

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$200,500 King Glorious Stakes - 2nd Running - 7 Furlongs

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Posted 12.22.13 at 6:32

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, CALIFORNIA CHROME, Winner: “It’s fun to win the last stakes here. One extra memory of Hollywood Park. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs here, but this is where I started. When I moved to California, this is where I won my first race. I’ve won a lot of big races at this track. In a way it’s sad, but you have to move on in life. For me, the most important thing with this horse was the break. We came out well and he just took me around. I didn’t have to do much. I just moved my hands a little bit at the half mile and I felt the power.”

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$200,250 - Soviet Problem Stakes - 2nd Running - 7 Furlongs

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Posted 12.21.13 at 4:59

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RAFAEL BEJARANO, SWISS LAKE YODELER, Winner: “On the turn, she looked like she was going to get a little tired, especially because the speed hasn’t been stopping. It looked like Rovenna had something left, so I had to work hard to make sure she wouldn’t get away. She doesn’t have that quick acceleration, but she always tries. She’ll do better in longer races.”

VICTOR ESPINOZA, ROVENNA, Second: “Today I decided to send her out of there because I had (the rail) and she was putting blinkers on for the first time. She has a lot of talent, but the last couple of races she didn’t use it the way I wanted her to. I wanted to put her on the lead today. She was much more focused.”

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JERRY HOLLENDORFER, SWISS LAKE YODELER, Winner: “(Whittingham) has been an idol of mine from the very beginning. When I came on the racetrack, everybody in the world knew his name. I’m pleased to break any kind of record he ever held. I’m very humble and very grateful. Considering this is the end (of Hollywood Park) makes me sad, but I’ve had a lot of good luck here and won a lot of races. I’m going to be sorry to see Hollywood Park go. I think this filly wants more ground. I wasn’t sure she had enough going to get there, but she kicked it in real late. (Bejarano) just has a magical way of getting the job done. The seven furlongs might have been a little short for her.’’

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$100,250 Playa Del Rey Stakes - 4th Running - 6 Furlongs

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Posted 12.15.13 at 4:42

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VICTOR ESPINOZA, TEDDY’S PROMISE, Winner: “Today she was ready to go and did everything right. When she feels like running, she runs. She’s really honest and an old pro. It’s amazing how (Ellis) takes his time with her and gets her ready for a race.”

MARTIN GARCIA, JUDY IN DISGUISE, Second: “She ran a really good race. I thought she ran well shortening up to six furlongs. I love riding for (Callaghan). He always has his horses ready.”

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$751,500 - CashCall Futurity - Grade I - 33rd Running - 1 1/16 Miles

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Posted 12.14.13 at 4:59

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COREY NAKATANI, SHARED BELIEF, Winner: “Wow! My horse has a pretty high cruising speed and when (Candy Boy) made that early move, I couldn’t go at that time. I’m just very thankful to Jerry Hollendorfer and his team, (assistant trainer) Dan Ward and, obviously, (part-owner) Alex Solis II for finding this horse and buying him. He did all the work and I was just a quiet passenger on him. Wow!”

GARY STEVENS, CANDY BOY, Second: “He got into a nice rhythm going down the backside. I moved earlier than I would have liked and made the lead. He’s a big, long-striding colt and I’m looking forward to riding him on the dirt.”

RAFAEL BEJARANO, TAMARANDO, Third: “He ran well. No excuses. I had a perfect trip. He was moving really well, but the winner was much the best. I thought I was going to finish second, but (Candy Boy) kept on running.”

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$150,500 Native Diver Stakes - Grade III - 35th Running - 1 1/8 Miles

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Posted 12.14.13 at 4:37

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MARTIN PEDROZA, BLUESKIESNRAINBOWS, Winner: “I’ll tell you what, that horse is doing so well. (Hollendorfer) has done such a good job with him. I rode him when he won in Pomona ($100,000 Ralph M. Hinds Handicap Sept. 22) and that track is very deep. For him to win like he did going a mile and an eighth on the lead was really good. I had no choice but to go from the rail today. I figured I’d put him on the lead and they’d get tired chasing me. That’s exactly what happened.”

COREY NAKATANI, HEAR THE GHOST, Second: “I had to try to get position from the outside. He ran well and kept trying but the winner was best.”

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$250,250 Hollywood Turf Cup - Grade II - 31st Running - 1 1/2 Miles (Turf)

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Posted 12.14.13 at 2:31

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JOEL ROSARIO, LUCAYAN, Winner: “He was traveling well, but I had to keep after him. He is one paced and can get a little lazy, but I knew that if I kept after him we would eventually catch (Temeraine) and we got it done.”

GARY STEVENS, TEMERAINE, Second: “The pace kind of killed us. We did all the dirty work, but it wasn’t enough dirty work. Joel was able to sit back there and outkick us.”

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$99,998 - Hollywood Turf Express - 24th Running - 6 Furlongs (Turf)

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Posted 12.08.13 at 2:00

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JOE TALAMO, BOAT TRIP, Winner: “It set up real well for him. My horse is real classy and did everything right. We kind of saved ground around the turn and when I took them on, he knew what to do. He got over the course great and has a real nice turn of foot.”

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MIKE PENDER, BOAT TRIP, Winner: “He’s going to be sad to see (Betfair Hollywood Park) go, that’s for sure. He just likes the layout, there’s no question about it. Whenever there’s a paceless race, there’s always three of them dueling up there. Isn’t that the way it’s supposed to work? No, that really helped. I was hoping he’d get a setup because he’s kind of one dimensional. I’ll be interested in seeing how this horse runs going a mile. He won the Tsunami Slew (June 22, 2012) going a mile. As he’s getting older, that’s where we’ll start looking. He’s a big, handsome colt. There’s no reason we can’t start thinking about having a couple of babies with him. He’s a beautiful moving horse.”

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