Hollywood Harbor and jockey Jose Zunino celebrate world record victory
THIS TIME IT’S REAL! HOLLYWOOD HARBOR
SETS WORLD RECORD AT EMERALD DOWNS
AUBURN, Wash. (April 22, 2012) – Hollywood Harbor put on a torrid display of speed Sunday at Emerald Downs. The 5-year-old Washington-bred son of Harbor the Gold set a world record time of 1:00.87 for 5-½ furlongs, and scored a three-length victory over Aaron the Baron in the $21,625 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up.
It was the second time in eight days that a horse seemingly set a world record in a 5-½ furlong race at Emerald Downs. On April 14, Cat On Base ran 5-½ furlongs in 1:01.37, however it was later learned that on June 22, 2009, at defunct Yavapai Downs in Arizona, a California-bred named Rule by Force had run 5-½ furlongs in 1:01.03. So instead of a world record, Cat On Base settled for a three-way tie for the track record.
No mistakes this time: Hollywood Harbor now owns both the track and world record. The chestnut gelding swept past Hayjax at the five-sixteenths pole, opened a 1-½ length lead into the lane, and drew off to win with complete authority. The fractions were :21.46, :43.50 and :54.85.
Ridden by Jose Zunino at 118 lbs., Hollywood Harbor paid $3, $2.80 and $2.10. Voted the track’s champion 2-Year-Old in 2009, Hollywood Harbor has compiled a 6-3-0 record in 10 career starts with earnings of $112,786.
The victory also sets up a potential showdown between Hollywood Harbor and another son of Harbor the Gold—two-time Horse of the Meeting Noosa Beach—in the $50,000 Governor’s Handicap at 6-½ furlongs on Sunday, May 20.
Zunino, who has ridden Hollywood Harbor in eight of his 10 career starts, quipped after Sunday’s race: “I was hoping no police officer would give me a ticket (for speeding).”
Chris Stenslie, who trains and co-owns Hollywood Harbor with Jody Peetz of One Horse Will Do Corp, said of Hollywood Harbor: “I love him. He’s special.”
Aaron the Baron, a 28-to-1 long shot ridden by Rocco Bowen at 118 lbs, held second place and paid $14.80 and $5.20. Noosa Beach’s conditioner, Doris Harwood, coincidentally, trains the runner-up.
Hayjax, ridden by Leslie Mawing at 118 lbs., held third place and paid $4.20. The 4-year-old Souvenir Copy gelding sprinted to an early lead inside, running the opening quarter in :21.46, before yielding command to Hollywood Harbor entering the turn.
Couldabenthewhisky, the second betting choice at 7-to-2, finished fourth and was followed under the wire by Davos and He’s All Heart.
NOTES: Peetz and Stenslie also clicked in the seventh race with Showme Yourfriends ($6.20), a 4-year-old Delineator gelding that improved to 4-3-1 in 10 starts with a one-length victory in the $20,000 claiming race. Co-owned by Tina & Scott Saxwold, Showme Yourfriends won the 2011 Auburn Handicap at 50-to-1 in one of the biggest upsets in Emerald Downs stakes history…The first DQ of the meet occurred in Race 4 as Brudda Clyde and jockey Gallyn Mitchell crossed the wire first but were placed fourth for interfering with fourth-place finisher Big Bad Jim into the stretch. Rockymystar ($9) was promoted to first…The work tab was loaded Sunday as 157 horses recorded drills on a perfect morning at Emerald Downs. Jeff Harwood’s Noosa Beach had his first five-furlong workout of the year, timed in 1:00-2/5 (handily) for trainer Doris Harwood, and Ron & Rosalie Warren’s 2011 Top 3-Year-Old Jebrica worked five furlongs from the gate in :58-1/5 (handily) for trainer Jim Penney. And yet another horse earmarked for the older handicap decision—double stakes winner Zayda—breezed three furlongs in :38-1/5 for trainer Blaine Wright and owner Heidi Nelson…You Me and Ema B, voted Top Older Filly or Mare in 2011, breezed five furlongs in 1:00-3/5 for trainer Margo Lloyd in a tune-up for the $50,000 Hastings Handicap on May 13…Our Eagle Boy, upset winner of the Chinook Pass Stakes, worked six furlongs from the starting gate in 1:13-1/5 for trainer Chris Stenslie…Hats off to 4-year-old filly Lafayette Star, 10-for-19 after a $3,500 claiming victory in Sunday’s opener. The Benchmark filly ran 6-½ furlongs in 1:16.63 for jockey Joe Crispin and owner/trainer Nick Lowe. Lafayette Star paid $4.60 as the betting favorite, and was claimed by Rigoberto Velasquez for Lisa Baze and Pam Tummincoo…William Antongeorgi and Joe Crispin rode two winners apiece on the nine-race card. After two weeks, Eliska Kubinova leads the standings with six wins and there is a six-way tie for second place between Leonel Camacho-Flores, Juan Gutierrez, Debbie Hoonan, Leslie Mawing, Crispin and Antongeorgi at five wins each…Frank Lucarelli saddled two winners on both Saturday and Sunday to move atop the trainers’ standings with six wins…Trainer Tim Harder is two-for-two at the meet as Silver Sneakers ($4) romped in the fifth race under Crispin…Congratulations to Bellevue residents David & Jill Heerensperger as their amazing 6-year-old gelding Bourbon Bay captured the 1-¾ mile San Juan Capistrano Handicap (G2) by a nose over Eagle Poise on closing day of Santa Anita’s 2011-12 Winter/Spring Meeting…Hollywood Park opens its 2012 Spring/Summer Meeting on Thursday…Live racing at Emerald Downs resumes Friday with first post at 6 p.m.