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Bone bags record four wins on card
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Owner Bob Bone scored a record four wins at Hollywood Park on Wednesday. After his fourth winner, Bone said that anything fewer than three winners would have been a disappointment.
Bone won the first race, for maiden claimers, with Complicit Swiss ($3.40); the fourth race, an allowance race, with Ultimate Summer ($2.80); the fifth race, for maiden claimers, with Hopingandwishing ($4.40); and the sixth race, for $25,000 claimers, with Notnerasgoodashers ($11.20). His only loser was Sumthinbad, who finished in a dead heat for second in the final race for $10,000 claimers. The runners earned a combined $65,820.
"The entries fell together," Bone said. "When I looked at the Form,
I thought, I've got a chance to win five races. If I didn't win three, I'd be disappointed. I think they were all in good spots."
The four-win day was a record at Hollywood Park, but fell short of the national record of seven wins in a day, which was set by J.C. Williams at Waterford Park (now Mountaineer Park) in West Virginia in 1979.
Bone, who traveled from his home in Shingle Springs, Calif., near Sacramento, to watch the program, recalled having a four-win day nationwide on an occasion when he had one winner in Kentucky and at a Bay Area track and two winners at Santa Anita.
Two of Bone's winners on Wednesday were very impressive. Complicit Swiss won by 10 lengths, and Hopingandwishing drew off in the final furlong to win by 6 1/2 lengths. Notnerasgoodashers, ridden by Corey Nakatani, was a pleasant surprise, Bone said.
"I'm surprised she paid $11," he said. "She gets a little better all the time. I thought we were sitting in the perfect spot. Corey timed it perfectly."
Two trainers provided Bone with his record-breaking day. Jeff Mullins saddled Complicit Swiss, Ultimate Summer, and Notnerasgoodashers, and Mike Puype trains Hopingandwishing.
Bone had five winners through the first six days of the Hollywood Park fall meeting. He was the leader in victories in the preceding five meetings in Southern California this year.
Bone is among the leading owners in the nation, with 140 wins and has stable earnings of $3,529,825. The owner of four car dealerships, Bone, 42, has a stable of mostly claimers, but does own Choctaw Nation, who finished third in the $6 million Dubai World Cup in March and has won the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar.
Bone's record-setting day played out before an ontrack crowd of 3,544. Bone recalled checking himself from doing any outlandish cheering, fearing he would stand out too much in a sparse box seat section.
"I'm tickled to death," Bone said. "It's a strange day. It's kind of quiet. There aren't a lot of people here. When we won the first race, I was going to let out a holler, and I didn't want to bother anybody. I know the short fields aren't good for racing, but they can be good for an owner."
Dollase preparing to return West
Trainer Wally Dollase is shifting his 35-horse stable to California for the winter early next week, a continuation of a plan he started earlier this year to race throughout the country.
Some of the stable is already based at Hollywood Park with Dollase's daughter and assistant trainer, Aimee. The rest of his stable will arrive on Monday.
Dollase's stable was based in California for more than two decades until April, when he moved to Kentucky. He later raced in New York at Belmont Park and Saratoga. This year, he has won 24 races from 106 starters and earned more than $3.5 million in purses.
"It's been something different," Dollase said Thursday from Kentucky. "I don't know if the competition is tougher back here. It's been a new experience for me. I was getting tired and it's a new adventure."
Dollase's stable includes the stakes winners Bending Strings, Katdogawn, Meteor Storm, and Stupendous Miss. Meteor Storm, who was second in the Canadian International at Woodbine last month, worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 on Thursday.
Dollase said Meteor Storm is being pointed for the $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap at Calder on Dec. 17.
Dollase said he is optimistic about a pair of 2-year-olds by Deputy Minister - Sweet Belle and Deputy Chairman - who will start at Hollywood Park.
Sweet Belle was second at Churchill Downs in her last start on Nov. 8, the same day that Deputy Chairman finished fourth.
"When they go two turns, you'll hear from them," he said. "I've got some nice 2-year-olds that are bred to go two turns."
Plans for Island Fashion unclear
Island Fashion, the millionaire mare, worked a half-mile at Santa Anita earlier this week, but does not have a specific goal in coming weeks, trainer Marcelo Polanco said.
"If I don't work her she gets too excited and too tough in the morning, in a nice way," Polanco said.
The absence of the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at this meeting - because there is no turf racing at Hollywood - has forced Polanco and owner Jeffrey Nielsen to adjust their plans. One opportunity is the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 11.
Island Fashion finished 10th in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park last month. Winless in nine starts this year, she has won 6 of 26 starts and $1,947,970.
"She came back fine," Polanco said of the Breeders' Cup. "She didn't lose too much weight."
Island Fashion is nearing the end of her career. She was withdrawn from a sale in Kentucky earlier this month. This winter, she may race during the first half of the Santa Anita meeting and then be retired and bred in the spring, though Polanco said nothing has been determined.
"It's up in the air," he said.
Within Reason rests with illness
Within Reason, who won the Sunny Slope Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 22, was not entered in Saturday's Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes because of illness, trainer Brian Koriner said.
"He was sick for quite a while after that last race," Koriner said. "This is a good time to give a horse a rest."
Within Reason may return for the $75,000 San Miguel Stakes for 3-year-old at Santa Anita on Jan. 8.