05/16/2012 3:53PM

Hollywood Park: Rail Trip eyes Los Angeles Handicap

Barbara D. Livingston
Rail Trip could make his return to the races in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap over six furlongs on May 28 at Hollywood Park.

Rail Trip, the millionaire and four-time stakes winner, may make his 2012 debut in the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap over six furlongs on May 28.

A 7-year-old gelding, Rail Trip has been in training with Ron Ellis since late winter. A winner of 8 of 17 starts and $1,116,790, Rail Trip was trained by Richard Dutrow Jr. in late 2010 and early 2011, going winless in five starts.

Prior to that, Rail Trip was trained by Ellis from the start of his career in late 2008 to the summer of 2010, a period highlighted by a win in the 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Ellis said Wednesday that Rail Trip’s tender feet left his comeback farther behind schedule than expected. As a result, Ellis ruled out a start in the $150,000 Californian Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on June 2.

“I nominated him for the Los Angeles Handicap,” Ellis said. “I might just sprint him. There’s no way I could get him to run a mile and an eighth off a layoff.

“I only gave him a month off when he came here with a foot problem. I had to slow up on him.”

Owned by Samantha Siegel, Rail Trip won his first two starts over six and 6 1/2 furlongs in 2008. Ellis said the Los Angeles Handicap could lead to a start in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap over seven furlongs on June 30 and two-turn stakes during the Del Mar meeting.

“We’re kind of out of sync with the stakes schedule,” he said. “I could step him up gradually and run in the San Diego and Pacific Classic.”

Siegel and Ellis may have a big day Saturday. They start the Grade 1 winner Include Me Out in the $150,000 Marjorie Everett Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/16 miles at Hollywood Park. The Everett was formerly known as the Milady Handicap and has an expected field of seven, including Ellafitz and Zazu, major stakes winners in the last year.