09/28/2009 11:00PM

Hollywood Hit taking on solid elders


ETOBICOKE, Ontario - The hot-shot 3-year-old Hollywood Hit meets a salty group of older runners over six furlongs Wednesday night at Woodbine in the $100,000 King Corrie Stakes.

Following an easy victory in a first-level allowance in May at Lone Star, Hollywood Hit was purchased by owner Peter Redekop. In his local debut on July 19, he wired second-level optional claiming opposition, while earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

Hollywood Hit trumped that effort most recently in an open six-furlong allowance for 3-year-olds, winning comfortably in a rapid time of 1:08.59, which translated into a Beyer Figure of 104. The runner-up, El Brujo, returned to take the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Sprint.

Jim McAleney will ride Hollywood Hit for trainer Terry Jordan.

"He's doing very well," said Jordan, who nominated Hollywood Hit to the Kentucky Cup Sprint. "We're just giving him a shot here, to see how he goes."

Bogue Chitto, a 5-year-old trained by Ian Howard, has quickly evolved into one of the better sprinters on the grounds. He didn't debut until late in his 4-year-old campaign, and never graduated until his season opener against $32,000 maidens May 9.

Bogue Chitto cleared the first three allowance conditions during the summer. He tried the turf for the first time last out in a six-furlong optional claimer in which he came wide from fourth to beat a good field.

"That was a great race, because he finished so strong," said Howard. "It gives you another option for him."

Howard said Bogue Chitto needed lots of time off to recover from the tendon problems that the gelding developed during his formative years.

"He bowed at 2, and then we brought him back at 3, and it went again," said Howard. "Then, the owner gave him a year off. I didn't think he'd ever come back, but he's done really well since coming back. If he hadn't had that tendon, I would have never run him for a tag, but you always worry about it going again."

Stuck in Traffic and/or Stradivinsky could give Hollywood Hit a tussle on the front end.

Stuck in Traffic finished a close third in each of his two most recent races, both in stakes for Ontario-sired runners.

Stradivinsky won his last two outings in middle-claiming turf sprints on the grass at Arlington.