Updated on 09/17/2011 11:35AM

New challenges for 'Robyn'


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - King Robyn will be favored to win his third consecutive stakes in the $150,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park, but the seven-furlong distance provides a new test for him.

This spring, King Robyn has won the San Pedro Stakes on dirt over 6 1/2 furlongs at Santa Anita and the Harry Henson Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Hollywood Park.

The Grade 2 Laz Barrera not only is a longer race, but it has a better field than those of King Robyn's last two wins.

King Robyn drew post 8 in the field of 12 and will be ridden by Alex Solis. Trainer Jeff Mullins is hoping that King Robyn's tactical speed will help him cover the distance.

"If Alex can get him to relax and kick on, I think he will be okay," Mullins said. "He has got enough tactical speed."

King Robyn, who races for Mullins and Cornejo Racing, faces four other stakes winners, including Ministers Wild Cat, who was considered a Kentucky Derby candidate prior to a fifth-place finish in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 19.

Trained by Neil Drysdale, Ministers Wild Cat won the one-mile Golden State Mile at Golden Gate Fields in February. He won his maiden by 7 1/2 lengths over seven furlongs at Santa Anita in January.

The other stakes winners in the field are Excessivepleasure, Jimmy O, and Roll Hennessy Roll.

Excessivepleasure won the $500,000 WinStar Derby over 1 1/16 miles at Sunland Park on March 30, but was a well-beaten second to Chief Planner in the Snow Chief Stakes in April. Trained by Doug O'Neill, Excessivepleasure won a seven-furlong stakes for California-breds last December at Santa Anita.

Jimmy O and Roll Hennessy Roll are coming off runner-up finishes. Jimmy O was second to King Robyn in the Henson Stakes, while Roll Hennessy Roll was beaten 2 1/4 lengths by Posse in the Lafayette Stakes at Keeneland on April 6.

The field also includes Blazonry, a game third in his U.S. debut on April 2; Martinblestme, the winner of an allowance race on May 3; and Truckle Feature, second to King Robyn in the San Pedro.

Miss Terrible's streak on line

Miss Terrible seeks to extend a rare streak when she makes her United States debut in Monday's Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood. The 4-year-old Miss Terrible won seven consecutive Group 1 races in Argentina, from April to November 2002.

Scoring another major stakes win will not be easy for Miss Terrible, who is now trained by Bobby Frankel and owned by a partnership that includes Chip and Carol Hammersmith and Pete Ferro, who live in the Chicago area.

The Gamely field includes the Group 1 winners Dress to Thrill and Dublino and the stakes winners Megahertz, Sentimental Value, and Tates Creek.

Still, none has had the consistency of Miss Terrible, whose wins have come from seven furlongs to about 1 1/4 miles on both turf and dirt.

"The thing that impresses me is she doesn't do anything wrong," said Brad Ross, who manages the Hammersmiths' racing stable. "She's an absolute sweetheart.

"We were debating to open up in an allowance or lesser race. We want to give her a chance to run against the best. She has trained very well and that's one thing that Bobby can do is get a horse ready. She's certainly coming into the race well."

Maiden filly fatally injured

Friday's program was marred by the death of Magical Flight, who was euthanized after suffering a massive head injury in the paddock prior to the first race, a maiden claiming race.

The 4-year-old Magical Flight reared over and struck her head on the ground, suffering an apparent fractured skull, according to racing officials.

* Milwaukee Brew, the winner of the last two runnings of the Santa Anita Handicap, worked five furlongs in 101.20 on Saturday. The 6-year-old Milwaukee Brew is being pointed to the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 13 with a possible prep in the $400,000 Californian Stakes on June 14.