05/07/2013 3:00PM

Hollywood Park notes: Broadway Empire to get class test in Came Home

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All Squared Away (No. 2) couldn't quite get to Interaction in the San Juan Capistrano last month. He is pointing to the Charles Whittingham Handicap June 8.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Broadway Empire won his debut in a six-furlong race for maidens by 16 1/2 lengths and earned a 97 Beyer Speed Figure – at Turf Paradise on a Monday in March.

The Phoenix track is not known for producing fast maiden race winners on weekdays, or on any day for that matter, making Broadway Empire’s performance even more stunning.

More will be known about the gelding’s true ability when he makes his stakes debut in the $70,000 Came Home Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday.

The dominance of the maiden win was not a complete shock to trainer Robertino Diodoro, who had horses in Arizona and California during the winter and early spring. He saw signs of brilliance in Broadway Empire’s final workouts before the maiden race.

“Not to be arrogant, I wasn’t surprised,” Diordoro said Tuesday. “His last couple of five-eighths were pretty impressive.

“It’s hard to go off that race. It was impressive, but there was nothing behind him.”

Owned by Randy Howg and Bob Butz, Broadway Empire was sent to Diodoro’s California stable after the maiden race. The gelding was briefly ill in late March, but has recovered to work quickly in recent weeks, including six furlongs in 1:12.60 at Hollywood Park on April 29.

In the Came Home Stakes, Broadway Empire will be part of a field expected to include Scherer Magic, winner of the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship last July who has not started since November, and Treasury Bill, who was second in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita in February but eighth behind Will Take Charge in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 16.

Broadway Empire led throughout his maiden race win, but Diodoro said the gelding is not one-dimensional.
“I don’t expect him to be on the front end,” he said. “I’m real curious to see what happens.”

Tuesday, Diodoro was at Turf Paradise on the final day of that track’s 2012-13 meeting. This spring and summer, Diodoro will have stables at Northlands Park in Alberta, Canterbury Park in Minnesota, and in Southern California.

Tuesday was Diodoro’s first day back to the stables after serving a 15-day suspension issued by the California Horse Racing Board last month. In January, one of Diodoro’s starters tested in excess of the permitted level of total carbon dioxide at Santa Anita.

The overage was found in a post-race test taken from Apply, who finished fifth in the fifth race on Jan. 21 for $7,000 to $8,000 claimers.

All Squared Away to Whittingham

All Squared Away, beaten a nose by Interaction in the Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano Handicap over about 1 3/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita on April 21, will not start in Sunday’s $70,000 Round Table Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on turf, trainer Peter Miller said.

Miller would like to start All Squared Away in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on June 8.

Miller said that he will start Diamondsdiplomat in the Round Table. A 5-year-old gelding, Diamondsdiplomat was claimed for $50,000 from a one-mile turf race April 27, the fourth consecutive race in which he has been claimed.