05/28/2013 2:34PM

Hollywood Park: Comma to the Top aimed at Breeders' Cup Sprint

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Comma to the Top is next headed for the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, a Grade 1 over seven furlongs on June 29.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Last October, Comma to the Top won the minor Big Bear Handicap on a weekday at the Santa Anita autumn meeting. This fall, there is a much greater goal for the 5-year-old gelding.

After Comma to the Top won Monday’s $100,250 Los Angeles Handicap for the ninth stakes win of his career, trainer Peter Miller said the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita in November is a long-term goal.

“You’ve got to dream,” he said.

Comma to the Top won his third stakes of 2013 in the Los Angeles Handicap on a track over which he has won five stakes in his career, including the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity in 2010.

“It’s unbelievable,” Miller said. “He’s the best horse I’ve ever had. He’s a cool horse, too.”

Miller said that Comma to the Top will be pointed for the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, a Grade 1 over seven furlongs on June 29.

“I’d like to run him one more time here,” Miller said.

The win ended a tumultuous week for Miller. Thursday, he won a maiden race for 2-year-old fillies with the promising On the Backstreets.

Friday was a day marred by sadness. Randino, a 2-year-old making his first start for Miller, was fatally injured when he tried to jump the inside rail while contending for the lead in the stretch. Randino suffered a leg injury in the incident and could not be saved.

Miller said that he and the partners were “totally distraught” over the incident.

“It was a freak accident,” he said.

Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
Don't screw the horse up....Keep him where he belongs..He is NOT Breeders Cup... type of horse .......................... but he is a dam good Racehorse !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Agree 100 percent.love this horse ,pace casualty in the breeders cup.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Gonna have to step it up,with the likes of Delaunay,guy is a beast.
Black More than 1 year ago
Delauney has exactly ONE graded stakes win and has never beaten a good horse anywhere at an distance He has run fast while being green lighted at FG. He won't even be at the BC. If he does show up he'll get smoked .
aaronrayk More than 1 year ago
super horse
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
When he goes unplaced in the Triple Bend, you had better start looking at Optional Claimers for this guy Peter!
Alex Martinez More than 1 year ago
Good low stakes horse, but he's a one trick pony (no pun intended). He goes to the lead and hopes to hang on, and more times than not he doesn't. Highly doubt he can handle the likes of Delaunay, Sahara Sky (if he continues sprinting) & Jimmy Creed. But as Miller says, "You’ve got to dream."
Chris Walsh More than 1 year ago
He is 8 for 16 sprinting at 7 panels or less on any surface, minor stakes wins and a few Grade 3's. Why not take a shot? A 2nd or third placing returns more than a minor stakes or grade 3 win.
Alex Martinez More than 1 year ago
He's more than welcome to take a shot. I just don't think he's a Top 5 sprinter at this present time. That's my opinion and it means absolutely nothing, especially on the internet.
Tom Temple More than 1 year ago
I agree, Chris. You never know in horse racing and Comma has just a good of chance as any to win the sprint. Delaunay is great right now and if Cross Traffic decides to run in a sprint, it could be one heckava speed duel. Not even sure they will have a mile race this year in the BC, are you?
Darrin More than 1 year ago
How can you say that more times than not he does not hang on?He has won 9 stakes!
Alex Martinez More than 1 year ago
Aye aye aye... you don't write one little detail and you get slammed, god bless the internet! What I am truly trying to point out is that against superior competition he can't hang on. He's raced in 3 G2's this year and in every single one of those he's had the lead and couldn't do better than 3rd. Again, if you read my original comment, I said he's a "Good low stakes horse". Ever since he won the Cash Call Futurity way back when, he hasn't won above a G3. I do believe G3's are considered low stakes.
morton erskine More than 1 year ago
A horse that requires front wraps, will one time pay the piper
Black More than 1 year ago
Actually low stakes are the overnighters that Delauney runs in. Kelso was up the track in the L A Handicap. Finished in front of one horse if my memory serves. Comma to the Top has already done something KELSO couldn't do . Win on both coasts. Comma doesn't run last unless he has been injured. He never just runs around the track like Kelso did the two times he ran at Hollypark and got SMOKED. Front wraps don't mean squat. This horse has already chipped an ankle in the Derby and come back running . He has 31 starts. Most of his contemporaries have been done running for a long time already. Animal Kingdom , Nehro, Mucho Macho Man etc. Those are the fragile horses. Animal Kingdom can't put 2 races in a row without breaking down ( OLD SCHOOL LOL ) My guess is you took a beating when Comma toyed with the bums you easterners call sprinters in NY.
Matt More than 1 year ago
i'd be distraught too if my $250,000 purchase had to be euthanized the first time he ran....
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
The horse appeared to duck in from the whip. Makes you wonder if the horse had ever been whipped prior to the race...