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Hollywood Park: Let Em Shine has King's Bishop as summer goal
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Let Em Shine, who won his stakes debut with a sharp performance in Saturday’s Came Home Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park, is likely to have two starts this summer.
Trainer Adam Kitchingman said the long-term goal remains the $500,000 King’s Bishop Stakes over seven furlongs at Saratoga on Aug. 24. Where Let Em Shine starts in the interim has not been finalized, but the $150,000 Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds over six furlongs at Calder on July 6 is a strong possibility.
“The timing on that looks good,” Kitchingman said. “I want to keep him against straight 3-year-olds.”
The Came Home Stakes was the only sprint stakes for 3-year-olds on the main track at the spring-summer meeting at Hollywood Park. Another option at this meeting for Let Em Shine is the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap over seven furlongs against older horses June 29.
Owned by William Peeples, Let Em Shine won his third consecutive race in the Came Home. Ridden by Edwin Maldonado, Let Em Shine led throughout and won by 4 3/4 lengths over Broadway Empire.
Let Em Shine, who is by Songandaprayer, led by as many as 4 1/2 lengths on the backstretch, a margin that was reduced to 1 1/2 lengths after a half-mile. He extended his advantage through the final furlong. Let Em Shine was timed in 1:21.65 and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 107.
Kitchingman said he was encouraged that Let Em Shine did not try to tear away in the opening quarter-mile and was able to settle, to a certain extent, through early fractions of 22.23 and 44.98 seconds.
“I was really happy with him,” Kitchingman said. “He came back to Edwin pretty good. He was very impressive.”
Broadway Empire will make his next start around two turns and is a candidate for the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap over 1 1/16 miles June 2, trainer Robertino Diodoro said Sunday.
“We have a few options,” Diodoro said. “There will be a lot of thinking in the next week.”
Broadway Empire made his second start in the Came Home, having won a six-furlong maiden race by 16 1/2 lengths at Turf Paradise in March. In the Came Home, Broadway Empire was fourth early and closed to finish a clear second under jockey Victor Espinoza.
“I’d like to stretch him out, and Victor is recommending that, too,” Diodoro said.
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