So many faces in and out of my life
Some will last
Some will just be now and then
Life is a series of hellos and goodbyes
I’m afraid it’s time for goodbye again
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby
Say goodbye to Hollywood
Say goodbye my baby
-Billy Joel “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”
Long before trainer Bob Baffert was inducted into the Hall of Fame, an impromptu trip to Hollywood Park left an indelible impression on the Nogales, Arizona native.
After a brief stint as a quarter horse rider in 1970, he and a friend traveled to California and spent a day at the Inglewood track.
Racing fans across the country are filling up the bandwagon following Shared Belief’s dazzling victory in the Grade I CashCall Futurity Dec. 14.
But it’s not only racing enthusiasts that are following the Candy Ride gelding. Horsemen who have raced against him are also heaping praise on the 2-year-old trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer.
“I thought he was the best 2-year-old in the country before the Futurity,” said trainer John Sadler, whose two horses finished a distant second (Candy Boy) and tenth (Kobe’s Back).
You’d think that when a trainer runs first, second and third in a graded stakes, the stable area would be abuzz with the news the following morning.
There was a buzz all right, but for a different reason.
Though Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer completed the trifecta in Saturday’s Grade III, $150, 500 Native Diver Stakes with Blueskiesnrainbows, Hear the Ghost and Rousing Sermon, respectively, the achievement was dwarfed by the trainer’s scintillating victory with Shared Belief in the Grade I, $751,500 CashCall Futurity (video).
Vince DeGregory knows talent when he sees it.
The longtime jockey agent could open his own personal Hall of Fame with former clients such as Laffit Pincay, Jr, Chris McCarron, Darrel McHargue and Angel Cordero, Jr.
It should come as no surprise that his latest prospect, Gonzalo Nicolas, has burst into prominence as the leading apprentice rider during the Betfair Hollywood Park Autumn meet.
Rosalind and Untapable, the top two contenders in Saturday’s $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet Stakes at 1 1-16 miles on Cushion Track, have completed their preparations for the Grade I.
Trained by Ken McPeek, who won last year’s Starlet with Pure Fun, Rosalind worked four furlongs in company with stablemate Rankhasprivileges Dec. 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park. They worked heads up, each earning a clocking of 49 seconds.
“Rosalind went perfectly,” said Danny Ramsey, exercise rider and assistant to McPeek. “Just what we wanted.”
Landaluce Educe Stable’s Rosalind, already established as one of the top 2-year-old fillies in the United States, will seek her first Grade I victory in the $500,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, which will be run for the 33rd time Saturday, Dec. 7.
The race at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track is likely to have a field of six.
Trained by Ken McPeek, who won last year’s Starlet with Pure Fun, Rosalind was a fast-closing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, a half length behind Ria Antonio and She’s a Tiger, the original winner who was disqualified and placed second Nov. 2. In her previous two starts, Rosalind was second in the Grade I Alcibiades at Keeneland and third in the Grade II Pocahontas at Churchill Downs.
Several eastern invaders for the Turf Festival, which begins Friday and continues through Sunday, arrived safe and sound at Betfair Hollywood Park Tuesday.
Jose Hernandez, assistant to trainer Chad Brown, said that Dayatthespa and Pianist, both set to run in Sunday’s Grade I, $250,000 Matriarch, shipped “very well” and were “full of life” Wednesday morning. Both 4-year-old fillies are housed with Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and were scheduled to jog on Cushion Track later in the morning.
Hernandez said that Brown, former assistant trainer to the late Hall of Famer Bobby Frankel, is expected to be at Betfair Hollywood Park for the Matriarch.
Two Grade 1 races – Hollywood Derby and the Matriarch—highlight a busy week of stakes action at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The $250,000 Derby, scheduled for 1 1-4 miles on turf, and the $250,000 Matriarch, at one mile on turf, will both be run Sunday, Dec. 1, the final day of the Turf Festival.
A field of nine to 11 is expected for the Matriarch, which is for fillies and mares, 3-year-olds & up.
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