06/26/2013 4:56PM

Hollywood Park: Jimmy Creed tops nine sprinters in Triple Bend Handicap

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Jimmy Creed, winning the Potrero Grande, may go favored against a field with multiple contenders in the Grade 1 Triple Bend.

Jimmy Creed may be favored in Saturday's Triple Bend Handicap, which has a projected field of nine, including defending champion Camp Victory as well as Centralinteligence, Comma to the Top, Cyclometer, Drill, Morning Line, Rail Trip, and Tres Borrachos.

Jimmy Creed won the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita in December, and the Grade 2 Potrero Grande there in April. In the Triple Bend, Jimmy Creed must catch Comma to the Top, who was perfect in May, winning the Cool Frenchy Stakes over five furlongs on May 4 and the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap over six furlongs on May 27.

The Grade 1 Triple Bend will be the 2013 debut for Rail Trip, the 8-year-old gelding who has won 9 of 23 starts, and $1,508,790. Unraced since finishing second to Tapizar in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita last November, Rail Trip has won five stakes, including the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar last summer. The Triple Bend is a prep race for this year’s San Diego Handicap on July 27.

Owned by Samantha Siegel, Rail Trip has impressed trainer Ron Ellis with his recent exercise.

“To be honest, he’s actually better this year than last year at this time,” Ellis said. “He’s working better. He’s carrying more weight than last year. He’s getting back in the swing of things.”

Lucayan tries Obviously again in Shoemaker Mile

The Shoemaker Mile has five projected starters in a field led by Obviously, the winner of the Grade 2 American Handicap. Last fall, Obviously was third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile behind 2012 Horse of the Year Wise Dan and Animal Kingdom, who later won the Dubai World Cup in March.

Lucayan, the winner of the French 2000 Guineas in May 2012, was second to Obviously in the American Handicap in his United States debut, and is part of the field for the Shoemaker along with Jeranimo, Wilkinson, and Za Approval.

Trainer Neil Drysdale realizes that Lucayan may have a difficult time beating the speedy Obviously in the Shoemaker.

“He was impressive the other day,” Drysdale said of Obviously. “But our guy has come on well from his first race.”

Drysdale considers the Shoemaker a prep to the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Del Mar on July 20 for Lucayan.

Points Offthebench will await Bing Crosby

Trainer Tim Yakteen said that Points Offthebench, a winner of 4 of 6 starts, will pass the Triple Bend in favor of the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes over six furlongs at Del Mar on July 28.

“I like the distance and the timing,” he said of the Grade 1 Bing Crosby.

Trainer Bob Baffert nominated the promising 3-year-old Declassify for the Triple Bend, but will start the three-time stakes winner Drill, who was fourth in the American Handicap.

Baffert said Declassify is a candidate for the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 24.

“I want him in the King’s Bishop,” Baffert said. “I need a spot before then.”

Declassify is unbeaten in two starts – a maiden race at Santa Anita on April 6 and an optional claimer here on June 8.

Jordan More than 1 year ago
Believe it or not, if all 9 start in the Triple Bend, two-thirds of the field will be a grade 1 winner. Wouldn't think that just glancing at the entries.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
I don't think Obviously was third in the 2012 B.C. DIRT Mile. Perhaps you meant the B.C. Mile (on turf).
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
"Points Off The Bench" may be the best sprinter in the country. His last race was monstrous. Obviously must deal with Jeranimo. I think at Hollywood Park Jeranimo matches up well with any turf miler.
Rafael Acosta More than 1 year ago
Jeranimo? Obviously will win geared down.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
That might have been true at one point, but these days Jeranimo needs a pace battle up front to win against this level, and he isn't going to get that Saturday. Obviously only loses if he just doesn't have it, or Lucayan takes a big leap off his debut and shows himself to be a potential superstar. Otherwise, Obviously is going to be out front by himself going at a pace well within himself(not too slow to prevent getting rank, but not 1:08 and change).
Lawrence Macselwiney More than 1 year ago
You may be right, but Jeranimo shows up at HP.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
I hope Jeranimo does run well. I never gave up on him, and last year he rewarded me when he won the Shoemaker to finally get his much deserved grade 1 score. I also made some money on him on the 2011 Oak Tree Mile when he ran out of his mind. He's won a graded stakes each of the last 4 years. If Jeranimo is to have a legit shot at winning, he needs to be ridden like he was in the 2010 Strub, or 2010 San Gabriel, or 2011 Eddie Read, or 2011 Oak Tree Mile, and be asked for some speed early and sit 3rd behind Obviously and Wilkinson and try to wear them down. If he's ridden like he has been most of the last year and a half and taken well off the pace, I just don't see how he makes up 8 lengths on Obviously when Obviously is not going to have to run hard early. Jeranimo needed Silver Max to ship out or for Summer Hit to come down from NoCal.