Updated on 09/16/2011 7:48AM

Swaps may be a summer rerun


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - In the summer, there's not a lot of original programming, and trainer Paco Gonzalez would like nothing more than to see a repeat of the Affirmed Handicap when he sends out Came Home in Sunday's $500,000 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park.

"If he runs the way he did last time, he's going to be very tough," Gonzalez said from his Santa Anita stable on Friday morning. "He came out of his last race very good. Everything looks good. I couldn't ask for anything better."

The pace scenario in the 1 1/8-mile Swaps - the third race on the card - again favors Came Home, who was on the lead nearly the whole way in the Affirmed. Nine furlongs might be the far range of his abilities, but he has succeeded at that distance, with a gritty victory in the Santa Anita Derby three months ago.

Came Home, however, must give from four to 10 pounds to his six rivals, and he will have a new rider, with Mike Smith taking over for the retired Chris McCarron.

Foremost among his challengers is the late-running Tracemark, who finished second to Came Home in the 1 1/16-mile Affirmed.

"The Affirmed is not his best distance," said Craig Dollase, who trains Tracemark. "The weight break helps, plus the added distance. We're looking to turn the tables."

Dollase said he will instruct jockey Alex Solis to not "get back too far."

"I think you'll see him a little closer to the pace," Dollase said. "If Came Home tries to set too slow a pace, I hope Fonz's will press the pace."

Fonz's starts from the outside post position, one slot outside of Came Home. Fonz's carries

112 pounds under the conditions of the race, 10 fewer than Came Home, though Fonz's jockey, Kent Desormeaux, is likely to be a couple of pounds over.

Like a Hero, who won the Alydar Stakes earlier this meet, returns to Hollywood Park following a trip to New York for the Belmont Stakes, in which he encountered traffic trouble. He will be reunited with jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., with whom Like a Hero won the Alydar.

Trainer Neil Drysdale, who upset Sunday Silence with Prized in the 1989 Swaps, tries for another upset with Battler Bob, a recent maiden winner who adds blinkers.

"It's a big jump from a maiden into a Grade 2, but we feel the blinkers moved him up a great deal," Drysdale said. "It made him focus. He's improved since then, and with luck we can get a placing."

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