11/09/2011 3:35PM

Hollywood: Tweebster has seen better

Benoit & Associates
Tweebster (1) is edged by stablemate Indian Firewater in the Grade 2 San Fernando.

Whether they are returning from lengthy layoffs or ran poorly in their last starts, all five of the starters in Friday’s $60,000 Yo Eleven Stakes at Hollywood Park could do with a win to boost their careers.

The restricted stakes is run over 7 1/2 furlongs, and limited to horses who have not won a first-place prize of $60,000 or more in 2011. All five of the runners – El Gato Malo, Golden Itiz, Racing Aptitude, Square Eddie, and Tweebster – have started this year in races worth much more than that to the winner.

Tweebster has come closest to winning, finishing second by a nose to stablemate Indian Firewater in the Grade 2 San Fernando Stakes at Santa Anita in January. Trained by Bob Baffert, Tweebster was later second in the Stub Stakes, and seventh of 11 in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap on March 5, his most recent start.

Baffert also starts Racing Aptitude, the winner of the Appleton Juvenile Turf at Calder in November 2010. Racing Aptitude is winless in five starts this year. In his first start for Baffert, Racing Aptitude was a well-beaten third in an optional claimer at Santa Anita on Oct. 20.

El Gato Malo, stakes-placed at Del Mar and Fairplex Park this year, will attempt to end a seven-race losing streak that stretches back to September 2009.

Golden Itiz and Square Eddie are the only entrants with wins this year.

Golden Itiz won an allowance race over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park in July, but was later seventh in both the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar and the Grade 1 Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita last month.

Hollywood Park is Golden Itiz’s home track, and trainer Ron Ellis is hopeful that the familiar scenery will help the 4-year-old colt. “He loves this racetrack,” Ellis said. “I don’t think 7 1/2 will be a bad distance for him.”

Ellis said the Goodwood was too tough for Golden Itiz, who will wear blinkers for the first time on Friday. “A class relief and a switch back to Hollywood Park will help,” he said.

Square Eddie won an allowance race at Santa Anita in January, setting a track record for 6 1/2 furlongs, but has been well beaten in four subsequent starts, all stakes.

The Yo Eleven Stakes is the seventh race on an eight-race program that begins at 7:05 p.m.