05/08/2013 3:28PM

Hollywood Park: Treasury Bill tries to use Came Home as springboard to bigger stakes

Shigeki Kikkawa
A good effort Saturday could propel the 3-year-old Treasury Bill to the Affirmed or the Swaps.

An eighth-place finish by Treasury Bill in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 16 ended any chance of the colt running in the Triple Crown races. It also was not a true measure of Treasury Bill’s ability, trainer Ron Ellis insists.

“He didn’t handle the track,” Ellis said. “He didn’t handle the flight. I’m going to throw it out. Things didn’t go right for him.”

Ellis is focused on starting Treasury Bill in Saturday’s Came Home Stakes, hoping to use the race as a launch for a pair of two-turn races later at this meeting – the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on June 2 and the $150,000 Swaps Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on July 4.

“I expect him to rebound here,” Ellis said. “I still think this horse’s best races will be when he stretches out.”

Owned by Gary and Mary West, Treasury Bill was second in the Grade 2 San Vicente Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita on Feb. 17, his most recent start in Southern California. He closed from last in a field of six in that race to finish a length behind Shakin It Up, who was later fourth in the Sunland Park Derby.

Treasury Bill, by Lemon Drop Kid, has 1 win in 4 starts, a maiden race at Santa Anita in January.

The Ellis-trained Teddy’s Promise won the Time to Leave Stakes over five furlongs last Sunday and may not start again until the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap for fillies and mares over seven furlongs July 13.

The Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In program, offering a fees-paid berth to the BC Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in November. Teddy’s Promise, a five-time stakes winner for owner-breeders Ted and Judy Nichols, was eighth in the 2012 BC Filly and Mare Sprint.

Krikorian added to racing board

Horse owner George Krikorian has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board, California Gov. Jerry Brown announced earlier this week.

The appointment of the 67-year-old Krikorian gives the racing board a full seven-person panel. He joins a racing board that includes chairman David Israel, vice chairman Chuck Winner, and commissioners Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, Bo Derek, and Richard Rosenberg.

Krikorian, who lives in Palos Verdes, Calif., is the president and chief executive officer of Krikorian Premiere Theatres, a movie theater company with a strong presence in Southern California.

As a horse owner, Krikorian has owned such notable runners as Hollywood Story, who won the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet in 2003; Star Billing, who won the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes in 2011; and Starrer, who won the Grade 1 Santa Maria and Santa Margarita handicaps in 2003.