07/10/2013 5:22PM

Hollywood Park: Sahara Sky may head east again for Forego

Tom Keyser
Sahara Sky has won 7 of 16 starts and $886,680.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Sahara Sky, winner of the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park in May and two other stakes earlier this year, is in light training and could reappear in the $500,000 Forego Stakes at Saratoga on Aug 31, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

Last month, Hollendorfer said Sahara Sky could start at Del Mar, but that plan was considered unlikely earlier this week.

“This is the time of year we back up a little bit,” Hollendorfer said. “We were thinking of the Bing Crosby, but I’m not anxious to run in that race.”

The Bing Crosby Stakes is run over six furlongs on the Polytrack synthetic surface at Del Mar on July 28.

A winner of 7 of 16 starts and $886,680 for Hollendorfer and Kim Lloyd, Sahara Sky won two sprint stakes at Santa Anita earlier this year – the Palos Verdes and San Carlos Stakes at Santa Anita.

Sahara Sky has not had a recorded workout since June 22. Hollendorfer said that Sahara Sky could have a workout in coming days.

The Forego Stakes is run over seven furlongs.

John More than 1 year ago
WHEN is Del Mar going to wise up and get rid of that track surface, "poly-crap" is a mess with the changing weather down there ! They will never get the Breeders Cup unless they switch back to dirt, the BC committee has already told them that , so , what are they waiting for ....................pigs to begin flying ?
Patrick Kane More than 1 year ago
if i have to guess i would bet theyre running on dirt again next year. They wont have poly and dirt as soon as hollywood is gone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
poly-crap is terrible. Too bad the state of CA is broke, so they cannot afford the 10 million it takes to change the surface, it should never have changed from the beginning!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
It seems fairly clear Sahara Sky is better on dirt than synth, although the Hollywood Cushion Track may be an exception. And not only is the Bing Croby run on Poly at Del Mar, its 6 furlong distance isn't as apealing for the connections of Sahara Sky as is 7 furlongs. And the 7 furlongs sprint race at Del Mar, the Pat O' Brien, has been downgraded to a grade 2 and has a purse of $250k. The Forego, at 7 furlongs on dirt and with a purse twice the value of the Pat O' Brien, makes complete sense.
Patrick Kane More than 1 year ago
pat o, brien has always been a G2. The Bing Crosby is the G1 race there
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gotta love the throw back style of Hollendorfer. He's not afraid to travel and run his horses in different venues! Way to Jerry! Good luck to you!
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Although Hollendorfer wasn't able to run Blind Luck against the boys(he had played with the idea of the Pacific Classic for her in 2011, but her training was off), he had the diminutive little filly on an ambitious schedule. Hollendorfer shipped Blind Luck to Oaklawn, Churchill, Delaware, Saratoga, Parx, back to Churchill, back to Oaklawn, Churchill a 3rd time, and finally Delaware for a second time and that epic 6th meeting with Havre de Grace in the Del Cap. The fact Blind Luck held a 4-2 advantage over a Horse of the Year speaks to Blind Luck's quality It is of particular note that Blind Luck never had the luxury of facing Havre de Grace in California. Instead, it was Blind Luck repeatedly leaving her home base of California and seeking out the biggest Eastern races to face off against her rival.