06/04/2013 1:26PM

Hollywood Park: Biorhythm coming out of live race for Thursday allowance

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – It is a reasonable question referring to last-start maiden winners – whom did they beat?

It turns out Biorhythm beat a good field last month at Keeneland – runner-up Distortion returned to win a special-weight at Belmont; third-place Sky Girl returned to win twice at Churchill Downs, including an allowance. Three others finished in the money next out.

Biorhythm will make her California debut for trainer Tom Proctor on Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park, and if she reproduces her Kentucky form, her five rivals might be running only for second money in an entry-level allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies.

Like Biorhythm, Gifting enters on a second-start-maiden-win pattern, but the quality of her victory is dubious, even if she earned a higher Beyer Speed Figure. Gifting earned an 84 Beyer, two points higher than Biorhythm. So whom did Gifting beat? So far, it appears not much.

Only one horse Gifting defeated has started since – last-place Salt Tequila Lime, who finished fifth as the odds-on favorite in a maiden claimer.

Biorhythm and Gifting are key principals in the race-7 feature at Hollywood, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint that includes turf stakes runner-up Wednesday, allowance runner-up Corlett Drive, $50,000 maiden-claiming winner On Golden Pawn, and Malibu Honey.

Biorhythm shipped from Keeneland to Hollywood soon after her April 12 maiden win, and she has trained super on Cushion Track. The Malibu Moon filly posted back-to-back bullet workouts May 11 and 17, blazing five furlongs in 59.60 seconds in both works. Garrett Gomez will ride Biorhythm, who breaks from the outside post.

Bob Baffert trains Gifting, a Street Cry filly who cannot be entirely dismissed, despite the uncertain form of her May 18 maiden win. After being compromised by a slow start in her career debut, she broke running second time out and won by a length in her initial start on Cushion Track.

While the favorites stand out in the Thursday feature, earlier on the card a 2-year-old filly offers greater wagering appeal. Eight entered race 4, a $50,000 maiden-claiming sprint that includes second-time starter Cabbage.

Cabbage is sired by Square Eddie, 2008 winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity and runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Square Eddie went to stud in California 2010 and then returned to the track for six starts in 2011, including one allowance win.

The first foals by Square Eddie are 2-year-olds. The crop already includes Sprouts, a second-start winner trained by Ed Freeman and owned by J. Paul Reddam. The trainer and owner team Thursday with Cabbage, whose debut was better than it looks.

Cabbage steadied at the break and was away last May 16 at Golden Gate. She unleashed a big move racing wide into and through the turn, and then flattened out and finished last of six. The effort suggested Cabbage has speed.

With a clean break second time out under jockey Mario Gutierrez, Cabbage could make short work of her rivals. Cabbage is an appealing 7-2 on the preliminary morning line.

Ronald Hairston More than 1 year ago
"Only one horse Gifting defeated has started since – last-place Salt Tequila Lime, who finished fifth as the odds-on favorite in a maiden claimer." This is the worst statement you could make. Considering Salt Tequila Lime didn't even break with the field and gave them a 15-20 length advantage, you have no idea what the horse would have done. Plus he was last in the race Gifting won.
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
I totally agree.Salt Tequila Lime was left and while I'm not certain Gifting will beat Biorhythm, she looked the part of a well meant filly and won in hand. If I get 3 to 1 on Gifting and I am betting.
Ronald Hairston More than 1 year ago
Biorhythm does look tough and probably is the horse to beat, but discounting Gifting by those reasons seems illogical.