05/09/2012 2:28PM

Hollywood Park: Husband's Folly experiments in turf route


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Proven as a turf sprinter, Husband’s Folly starts in a $54,000 allowance race over 1 1/16 miles at Betfair Hollywood Park on Friday evening, a distance that trainer Mike Puype has been eager to try.

Husband’s Folly has one victory in seven starts, a maiden race on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course in February 2011. Earlier this year, the 4-year-old Husband’s Folly was third and second in optional claimers for California-breds on the hillside turf course, closing from the back of the field in both starts.

Husband Folly’s stretch rally in those races showed enough for Puype to try Friday’s race for California-breds, the seventh on an eight-race program that begins at 7:05 p.m. Pacific.

“With his stretch run when he’s sprinting, I could see how he might run well going long,” Puype said.

Puype said he was encouraged by Husband’s Folly’s second by 2 1/2 lengths on March 31.

“He ran a good second,” Puype said. “I’ve been waiting some time to run him a distance. I expect him to run well.”

Husband’s Folly races for the Donkey Island Racing partnership.

Friday, Husband’s Folly is part of a field of eight, which includes A Toast to You, the winner of a $50,000 claimer here on May 3. Wednesday, trainer Peter Miller said A Toast to You is likely to start on Friday evening, unless the 3-year-old colt shows signs on race day that a quick turnaround would be difficult.

“It was a last-minute entry,” Miller said. “He came out of the race well. If he continues to do well, we’ll run. If he shows any sign of being tired, we’ll scratch.

“He doesn’t act like he’s tired. We’re planning on running.”

A Toast to You has won 2 of 3 starts, starting with a maiden race over five furlongs here last June. Sidelined until March of this year, A Toast to You was eighth in the Echo Eddie Stakes for California-breds before rebounding to win a six-furlong turf race for $50,000 claimers last week.

Friday’s race will be the longest of his career.

“The way he ran it looks like he can get the two turns,” Miller said.

“It was either run here or wait another month.”

The field has two other last-race winners – The Unusual One, who won a maiden race in his 17th start on April 15; and A Little Hot Sauce, who won a starter allowance on March 10.