07/12/2011 1:15PM

Hollywood Park: Carryover has Unzip Me as major focus


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – An open allowance for fillies and mares Thursday at Hollywood Park carries major implications for turf sprinter Unzip Me and pick six bettors chasing a $108,789 carryover.

Unzip Me figures to be strongly favored returning from a three-month layoff in race 7, a six-furlong race that trainer Marty Jones hopes will set her up for the second half of the season. Bettors considering Unzip Me a “single” can be assured expectations are high.

“The last three weeks, she started training really well,” Jones said. “She’d gone a long time without any kind of break, so that that should help.” Furthermore, Unzip Me won her last four starts returning from a layoff.

A seven-time stakes winner and 11 for 19 overall, Unzip Me faces a good field Thursday, including a filly with whom she has a score to settle. Separate Forest benefited from a nine-pound weight break (118 to 127) when she upset Unzip Me in April at Santa Anita. Both will carry 124 pounds Thursday.

Unzip Me came out of that race with a respiratory infection. If ever there was a good time to be sidelined, spring was it. “There wasn’t much for her anyway,” Jones said. “At some point, we’re going to have to ship around. Right now, I’m just trying to get her going.”

Beyond her advantage as fastest, most accomplished entrant Thursday, Unzip Me further benefits from the recent course profile. Seven of the last 10 turf sprints have been won by the pacesetter. The two speeds Thursday are Separate Forest and jockey Pat Valenzuela in post 2, along with Unzip Me and Rafael Bejarano in post 3.

The field includes Broken Dreams, who finished behind Unzip Me and Separate Forest in her recent starts, 5-for-8 California-bred Warren’s Blossom, and outsiders Tenacious Tina and Pincelada.

Below is a thumbnail look at the other five legs of the pick six, races 3-8.

Race 3, a turf sprint for $25,000 filly-mare claimers, is led by a hot stable. Subpoena the Dress returns for new trainer Mike Mitchell, whose win rate this meet is 43 percent (27 of 62). Subpoena the Dress should get a good trip behind front-runners Sleep Tight and Cactus Flyer.

Race 4, a $20,000 maiden claiming route for fillies and mares, is difficult. Special-weight droppers Town Belle and On Your Mark are contenders with Team Builder. Stretch-outs Smil’n From Above and She Can Roar will contest the pace.

Race 5, a maiden special weight turf sprint for California-breds, has two main entrants. Kingpin Ryno, runner-up two turf sprints early this meet, shortens up after a wide-trip seventh around two turns. He must hold off two-time runner-up Madeoftherightstuf.

Race 6, a first-level allowance sprint, includes Master Chef and Chiloquin, two-three last month in a fast race. They face a Bob Baffert-trained duo – maiden winners Gator Warrior and Dubber. Baffert started two horses in a race 17 times this meet, winning 11.

Race 8 is a maiden claimer for 2-year-old California-breds. Pedlars Way is the right horse dropping in class after better-than-looked efforts his first two starts.