05/14/2013 1:22PM

Hollywood Park: Warren's Flasher looks to impress again on turf


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Trainer Jorge Gutierrez was confident that dirt filly Warren’s Flasher would perform better on turf, though he underestimated the extent of her improvement.

Having trained her full sister – maiden turf specialist Warren’s Cracker – Gutierrez was dealing on pedigree information when he moved up Warren’s Flasher from a maiden-claiming dirt sprint to a starter-allowance turf route.

“When I gave [Rafael] Bejarano the call, I told him she was impressive winning the seven-eighths, but she would move up five lengths on grass,” Gutierrez said. “It was better than that, obviously.”

In fact, Warren’s Flasher moved up more than 10 lengths in her April 18 turf debut at Santa Anita. She inhaled her foes on the far turn and drew off while improving her Beyer Speed Figure from 56 to 82. The 1 1/4-length win makes Warren’s Flasher the horse to beat Thursday, when she steps up in class at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Warren’s Flasher is favored in race 5, a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance for statebred fillies and mares that is the first of two appealing races for California-bred fillies. In race 8, second-time starter Yodelmesomemagic looks formidable in a 2-year-old maiden race.

The 2013 season has been a breakout for Gutierrez. With 19 wins from 88 starters, his horses already have earned $556,304 and could give him his first million-dollar season. In March, Gutierrez won his first graded stakes with Bright Thought, the San Luis Rey winner who will target a July comeback and a possible shot at the Arlington Million.

As for Warren’s Flasher, the only knock Thursday is interrupted training. “She’s done great, but we missed a workout due to wet weather,” Gutierrez said.

Warren’s Flasher is owned by Ben Warren, whose two starters in race 5 could complete the exacta.

Craig Lewis trains Warren’s Veneda, who followed her fifth-place debut with a maiden-sprint win in which she overcame a tough trip. Warren’s Flasher and Warren’s Veneda are sired by Affirmative. The full sister to Warren’s Flasher, Warren’s Cracker, is expected to resume her career this summer.

Race 7 Thursday is a first-level optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs on turf. Stakes winners Bares Tripper and Tribal Gal, entered for the $80,000 tag, are among the principals. Stakes winner Broken Sword must improve following a third-place finish in her April comeback race.

Race 8 includes the best bet on the card. Eleven juvenile fillies bred in California entered the 4 1/2-furlong race, in which second-timer Yodelmesomemagic offers value even as the 3-1 favorite on track oddsmaker Russ Hudak’s preliminary line.

Mike Harrington trains Yodelmesomemagic, sired by Santa Anita Handicap and Pimlico Special winner Southern Image. Yodelmesomemagic finished fourth in her debut April 25. It was an ideal schooling run.

Yodelmesomemagic was not asked for speed, raced three wide, finished evenly, and galloped out in front. She is likely to produce more speed in her second race under jockey Edwin Maldonado and improve enough to win.