04/29/2013 12:42PM

Hollywood Park: Hollendorfer taking shot at Mervyn LeRoy

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Halo Dolly's victory Sunday in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap gave trainer Jerry Hollendorfer four stakes wins at Hollywood Park on the weekend.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – A day after the Jerry Hollendorfer barn won three stakes on the California Gold Rush program Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park, the focus was on the future – Sunday afternoon.

Not that wins by Doinghardtimeagain in the $245,000 Melair Stakes, Kate’s Event in the $125,500 Tiznow Stakes, and Curvy Cat in the $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes on Saturday had been forgotten.

“It was fantastic,” assistant trainer Dan Ward said. “That’s what you work for.”

The team did not have to wait long for further success. On Sunday afternoon, Hollendorfer’s stable was back in the winner’s circle at Hollywood, when Halo Dolly won the eighth stakes of her career in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap on turf.

Rafael Bejarano rode Doinghardtimeagain, Kate’s Event, and Halo Dolly. Bejarano and Hollendorfer have proven to be a formidable team this year, winning 26 times in 42 races. Through Sunday, Hollendorfer led all trainers after the first four days of the spring-summer meeting with five wins. Bejarano was the top rider with 11 wins.

After going winless Thursday, Bejarano won four races on Friday and Sunday and had three wins on Saturday. He is scheduled to ride Overanaylze in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

The Hollendorfer stable will have a busy May, with more stakes wins possible as early as Saturday.

Hollendorfer, who was at Hollywood Park early Sunday morning and then flew back to the Bay Area to attend the races at Golden Gate Fields, plans to run Blueskiesnrainbows in Saturday’s $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap over 1 1/16 miles and Ain’t No Other in the $70,000 Cool Frenchy Stakes over five furlongs the same day.

Blueskiesnrainbows, a 4-year-old colt, won the Grade 2 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds here last year when trained by Bob Baffert. Blueskiesnrainbows made his first start for Hollendorfer in January and has run three times for the stable, finishing second twice and winning an optional claimer over a mile at Santa Anita on March 22.

“He’s run well all three times that we’ve run him,” Ward said.

For Blueskiesnraibows, the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap could serve as a prep to the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap in Texas on May 27, Memorial Day, Ward said.

Blueskiesnrainbows has been assigned 115 pounds for the Mervyn LeRoy. The Baffert-trained Guilt Trip, who won the Grade 2 Strub Stakes for 4-year-olds at Santa Anita in February, is the 120-pound topweight. Guilt Trip finished fifth in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2.

Memorial Day will be a busy afternoon for the Hollendorfer stable. At Belmont Park that day, Hollendorfer plans to run Sahara Sky, a two-time stakes winner this year, in the $750,000 Metropolitan Handicap. Sunday, Sahara Sky worked five furlongs in 1:04.60 at Hollywood Park. Halo Dolly could run in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes on Memorial Day at Hollywood Park.

In addition, the stakes winners Doinghardtimeagain, Ciao Bella Luna, and Top Kisser will run in six-figure stakes at Hollywood Park in the next few months.

Doinghardtimeagain and Ciao Bella Luna are candidates for the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on June 22. Doinghardtimeagain and Curvy Cat are owned by breeders Tom and Debbie Stull’s Tommy Town Thoroughbreds. The fillies are by Ministers Wild Cat, who stands at Tommy Town in Santa Ynez, Calif. The Stulls also own Ain’t No Other.

Ciao Bella Luna won the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland on April 14.

The Stulls’s Top Kisser, who has won her last three starts, all for Hollendorfer, will make her stakes debut in the $100,000 Fran’s Valentine Stakes over a mile on turf for California-bred fillies and mares May 18. On the same day, the Hollendorfer-trained Lady of Fifty, third in the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita in February, could run in the $150,000 Marjorie Everett Stakes over 1 1/16 miles.

Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
hollendorfer is having the year he deserves..Kind of bad for me. Can't bet on him. Can,t bet against him, but that is nothing less than respect. I hope that all his horses continue to run well and above all, stay sound.