Jay Em Ess Stable’s Rail Trip carries Jose Valdivia, Jr. to victory in the Grade I $700,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Saturday, July 11 at Hollywood Park.
Advice Shipping West For Swaps Stakes
Advice, winner of the Grade II Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in April, will be shipped from Kentucky to California Monday for the $300,000 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park Saturday, according to the racing office.
Jockey Garrett Gomez has taken a call on the WinStar Farms colt for trainer Todd Pletcher. The Grade II Swaps is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on Cushion Track.
Following the Lexington, Advice finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby and fourth in the Jefferson Cup in his first start on turf at Churchill Downs on June 13. The Florida-bred son of Chapel Royal has won two of eight starts and earned $269,896.
Advice will be joined in the Swaps by Lexington runner-up Conservative, who was shipped here from New York by Shug McGaughey June 30. Conservative worked five furlongs in :59.40 here Sunday.
The two Eastern invaders are expected to face Affirmed Handicap winner Grazen, Affirmed runners-up Misremembered, Quindici Man, Scorewithcater and Dover Street Art and multiple stakes-placed Massone in the Swaps.
The probable lineup: Advice (Gomez), Conservative (Mike Smith), Grazen (Rafael Bejarano), Misremembered (Victor Espinoza), Massone (Joel Rosario), Scorewithcater (Joseph Talamo), Quindici Man and Dover Street Art.
Evita Argentina Hopes To Shine In A Gleam
Evita Argentina, a filly who has already beaten colts in winning the San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita, seeks to become the first 3-year-old in 63 years to defeat her elders in the $150,000 A Gleam Handicap for fillies and mares Saturday.
The Grade II A Gleam will be run on Cushion Track at seven furlongs, a distance at which Evita Argentina won both the Moccasin Stakes here in November and the San Vicente in February. The last 3-year-old to win the race was Honeymoon in 1946.
Trainer John Sadler, who won the A Gleam last year with Dearest Trickski, will send out a powerful one-two punch in front-running Coco Belle and stretch-running Evita Argentina.
Mike Smith, who was aboard Dearest Trickski last year, will ride Desert Stormer Handicap winner Coco Belle in quest of her third straight victory. Joel Rosario, leading rider at the meet, has the call on Evita Argentina.
Other probable starters include Ashley’s Kitty (Joseph Talamo), Cry and Catch Me (Victor Espinoza), Lovely Isle (Alex Solis), She’s Cheeky (Rafael Bejarano) and Silver Swallow (Garrett Gomez).
Spring House Seeks Millionaire Status In Sunset
Spring House, a multiple stakes-winning 7-year-old gelding, seeks to join the millionaire club in the $150,000 Sunset Handicap, closing-day feature next Sunday. The Grade II Sunset is at 1 1/2 miles on turf.
Spring House, trained by Julio Canani for owner R.D. Hubbard, won the Golden Gate Fields Turf Stakes in his last start on May 30 to raise his earnings to $941,284.
The son of Chester House has recorded nine firsts, six seconds and 11 thirds in 41 starts. He finished third in the 2007 Sunset and will be ridden by Alex Solis.
Other probable starters include Round Table Handicap winner Obrigado (Joel Rosario) and Round Table runner-up Porfido (David Flores).
Possibles include Sir Dave, Prussian, Ghetto, Leesider and Restless Soul.
Ellis Celebrates Richest Score In Gold Cup
Trainer Ron Ellis was all smiles in the stable area Sunday after recording the richest victory of his career with Rail Trip in the $700,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Saturday.
Ellis said he and his family and winning jockey Jose Valdivia, Jr., and his family celebrated at the Palm restaurant in Los Angeles Saturday evening.
Rail Trip, a 4-year-old gelding owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel, led a 1-2-3 sweep by Hollywood Park-based horses. Tres Borrachos finished second and filly Life Is Sweet was third.
“He came out of it good,” said Ellis of the winner. “We will ship him down to Del Mar and point to the Pacific Classic (Sept. 5).”
FINISH LINES – Tyler Baze worked multiple stakes-winner Battle of Hastings five furlongs in a bullet 1:00.20 on turf for trainer Jeff Mullins. Baze will ride the 3-year-old in the $750,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs Saturday…*Jose Valdivia Jr*., seeks another rich payday next Sunday when he rides Icon Project in the $1-million Delaware Handicap for fillies and mares…Chief assistant Leandro Mora, deputizing for trainer Doug O’Neill while he vacations in Spain, said that Sweet Golden Carol will be shipped east for the $250,000 Delaware Oaks Saturday.