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Bob Black Jack, Gayego to race out West
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Bob Black Jack and Gayego, who finished 16th and 17th in Saturday's Kentucky Derby, are being pointed for stakes at Hollywood Park in coming weeks, their respective trainers said on Sunday.
Bob Black Jack, who set the pace to the final turn in the Kentucky Derby, is a candidate for the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap at 1o1/16 miles on June 15, according to trainer James Kasparoff. Gayego, the winner of the $1 million Arkansas Derby last month, will be considered for the $350,000 Swaps Stakes at 1o1/8 miles on July 12, trainer Paulo Lobo said.
Kasparoff compared Bob Black Jack's effort in the Kentucky Derby to a "good seven-eighths work."
Ridden by Richard Migliore, Bob Black Jack led by as much as a length on the backstretch, and by a half-length after six furlongs in 1:11.14, but faded quickly on the final turn.
"He wasn't comfortable on the track and that's why he mailed it in early," Kasparoff said. "He's an honest horse. I knew on the turn we were in deep water. Going by the first turn, I thought, this might go good today. On the backstretch, we looked like we were controlling things.
"At the five-eighths, I noticed Mig nudged him a bit. I could tell the horse wasn't comfortable out there. He cooled out pretty quick. I was delighted with the way he came out of the race. It was a good seven-eighths work."
Bob Black Jack suffered "a minor cut" on his leg, but Kasparoff described the wound as superficial.
Owned by Jeff Harmon and Tim Kasparoff, Bob Black Jack has won 3 of 8 starts and $442,925. He set a six-furlong world record of 1:06.53 in the Sunshine Millions Dash in January, and later finished second in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby.
Kasparoff said he would like to race Bob Black Jack in Southern California for the rest of the year, staying on the circuit's synthetic surfaces.
"Right now, I'd like to get a nice win into him," he said. "I don't think the horse lacks in confidence. The timing of the Affirmed is fine. I'm going to keep him in California for a while. He handles synthetic tracks better and they're kinder on him.
"I don't think we'll be gone too long. I'll give him an easy week."
Gayego will be given a two-week break, and may not start in the Affirmed, Lobo said.
"He needs a little rest," Lobo said. "Then we'll see what's going on. He came back very well - so far, so good."
Gayego was rank behind the pacesetters when the field reached the first turn and never reached contention. He was ninth after six furlongs, and faded through the stretch.
Owned by Carlos Juelle and Jose Prieto, Gayego has won 3 of 6 starts and $723,420.
Baze pumped about Boule d'Or in Jim Murray
With a three-race lead in the jockey's standings at Hollywood Park, Tyler Baze has accomplished one goal, getting to the top of that list. In the coming weekend, he has the goal of winning the most important race of the first three weeks of the meeting - the $250,000 Jim Murray Handicap aboard Boule d'Or.
Trained by Jeff Mullins for a partnership, Boule d'Or scored a front-running win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf at Santa Anita in March under Baze. Mullins skipped the San Juan Capistrano Handicap at about 1 3/4 miles on turf on Aprilo23 in favor of the Murray, which is run at 1 1/2 miles on turf.
That suited Baze, who has been aboard the 7-year-old horse for recent workouts. "I have confidence in the horse and in Jeff," Baze said. "He's been working really well. He's had long, strong gallops. I can't wait."
Boule d'Or will be part of a small field in the Murray, which is expected to include defending champion On the Acorn; Champs Elysees, the probable favorite who won the Grade 2 San Marcos Stakes in January; as well as Church Service, Sudan, and Victorian Prince.
Through Sunday, Baze had 12 wins, three more than Victor Espinoza. Baze won the riding title last fall at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, and won the title at this meeting in 2004. "Everything is going awesome," he said. "I'm trying to keep it going through the meet and get the title."
The Murray is the most lucrative of five stakes between Friday and Sunday, including the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap at six furlongs on Saturday. The Grade 3 race marks the stakes debut of Street Boss, who has won 3 of his last 4 starts.
Chatlos suspended for missing hearing
Trainer Don Chatlos, who won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile at Lone Star Park with Singletary, has been suspended by the Hollywood Park board of stewards for failing to appear at a hearing regarding a financial obligation, according to a ruling released last Friday.
Chatlos, 42, does not have any horses in training. Last month, he said he planned to re-establish his stable this spring. His last starter was Earle's First Girl, who finished fifth at Santa Anita on March 17.
Chatlos's most recent stakes win came with Shaggy Mane in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint at Gulfstream Park in January 2007.
Chatlos did not return a phone call seeking comment.
Hollywood's Saturday handle: $28.6 million
Hollywood Park announced an all-sources handle of $28,654,482 for Saturday's 11-race program, which included simulcast wagering of the Kentucky Derby program from Churchill Downs.
The figure is the third-highest in track history, behind the $67 million handled on the 1997 Breeders' Cup, the last year the track hosted the event, and the $29.2 million handled on the simulcast of the 2007 Kentucky Derby program.
Saturday's figure is likely to grow. Last year, the track announced handle of more than $27.7omillion for the Kentucky Derby program, a figure that was later increased when advance-deposit wagering revenue was included.
Saturday's ontrack handle of $4,649,597, which included money bet on simulcasting throughout the nation, marked a decrease of 7opercent from the $4,991,298 handle in 2007.
Ontrack bettor hits $1.2 million pick six
There was one winning ticket in Sunday's pick six, worth $1,262,507. Track officials said the ticket was purchased at Santa Anita.
Interest in Sunday's pick six was fueled by a two-day carryover of $387,380. Bettors added $1,576,209 to the pool on Sunday.
The winners of Sunday's pick-six races were Cool Silky ($11.60), Tough Tiz's Sis ($6), Desertstormelite ($34.80), Stand Tall ($11.20), Tontine Too ($21.20), and Masterful Miss ($6.40).
The winning ticket cost $24,192, according to the Hollywood Park publicity department.