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2024 Hollywood Gold Cup Day

Johannes gets a hug from jockey Umberto Rispoli after winning the 2024 Shoemaker Mile (G1)
Date: 5/27/2024

The feature race on Memorial Day at Santa Anita is the $200,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (G2) a 1 1/4 mile trip over the main track for the top older horses on the west coast. Conditions were typical for Southern California in late May for the 13,122 fans in attendance, with cloudy skies, temperatures in the low 80's, with the main track fast and the turf course firm. Californian Stakes (G3) winner Mr Fisk was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 7. In to challenge him included 11-4 second choice Judge Miller, second in the Californian, and 3-1 third choice Reincarnate, 4th in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) after finishing third in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1).

Down the stretch in the Hollywood Gold Cup

Jockey Juan Hernandez sent Reincarnate to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.58, 47.25, 1:12.19, and 1:36.88 while pressed by 13-4 fourth choice Sunsanador and stalked by Judge Miller. Turning for home Reincarnate continued to lead to midstretch but Mr Fisk, 4th early under Kazushi Kimura, came out for room and rallied to win going away by 2 1/4 lengths in 2:03.01. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Judge Miller third. Galloping out Kimura sensed a bad step and pulled up Mr Fisk on the clubhouse turn to be vanned off. Mr. Fisk had surgery on Tuesday and will be fine after a few months to heal.

Pgm  Horse                 Jockey       Win  Place  Show
 5   Mr Fisk             Kimura        7.00   3.60  2.60
 1   Reincarnate         Hernandez            3.80  3.00
 3   Judge Miller        Dettori                    3.80

Winning Time:  2:03.01

$1 Exacta 5-1                15.20
$1 Trifecta 5-1-3            59.60
$1 Superfecta 5-1-3-6       110.20

Results Chart from DRF.

Left: The connections in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bob Baffert, winner of the first two finisher and celebrating his 10th Hollywood Gold Cup win said, "Kazushi said it was nothing major, but he says he just felt a little off, nothing obvious. We are just being cautious. He was a little bit off so hopefully it's a foot or something. My horses ran great, both of them, one and two like that. But hopefully we will get him back to the barn and right now it sounds minor. I knew they weren't going very fast, and he was in a good spot It's too bad we can't celebrate in the Winner's Circle, but the horse looks like he is going to be fine. That's the good news."

Right: Mr Fisk in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Kazushi Kimura said, "He started acting like he was a little bit sore (in the left front). I decided to jump off." Baffert later reported Mr Fisk "has a condylar fracture and will have surgery tomorrow. His prognosis is excellent. Jockey Kazushi Kimura took great care of his horse."

Left: Second place finisher Reincarnate in the paddock before the race. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "Reincarnate when he gets a lead, he's tough. He showed up. I'm proud of them both. Jockey Juan Hernandez added, "That was the plan (to lead). When [Subsanador] broke better than me, I was trying to stay behind him. Then I tried to go around, but when I grabbed my horse, he took off. He tried to fight back ,I just got beat by a better horse."

Right: Third place finisher Judge Miller in the paddock before the race. The Mark Glatt trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 5 starts, earning $135,400 for owner Muir Hut Stables.

Johannes winning the Shoemaker Mile Stakes

Immediately after the Hollywood Gold Cup was the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile Stakes (G1) featuring a field of 11 older horses going 1 mile on the turf. Frank Kilroe Mile (G1) winner Du Jour was sent off as the 2-1 favorite. In to challenge him included 9-4 second choice Johannes, winner of the American Stakes (G3), and 4-1 third choice Easter, second in the Kilroe Mile after winning the San Gabriel (G2).

11-1 Funtastic Again was quickest away under Frankie Dettori through an opening quarter of 22.28 before 31-1 Goliad took over on the turn through a half in 45.50 and 3/4 in 1:09.20. Turning for home Goliad tired badly as Johannes, fifth early, came out 3 wide for room and swept to the front through 7f in 1:21.22. Kept to task by Umberto Rispoli, Johannes held off Funtastic Again to win by 1/2 a length in 1:33.00. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to late-running favorite Du Jour third.

Results Chart from DRF. 0

Left: Johannes in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Tim Yakteen said, "I thought we had a beautiful trip. The cards folded very well in our favor, and we got a good trip. He came back excellent. I want to thank Joe and Debbie they have been very patient giving him some time off after his campaign last year. We have been very fortunate. So far, everything has been falling into place. "He showed talent from the start, but to develop into this. I didn't expect it in the early stages, but I'm very thankful for him and appreciative."

Right: Johannes in the walking ring before the race. Winning jockey Umberto Rispoli said, "Tim and the owners were very patient to give him a long break and the horse came back stronger than ever. He is a fantastic and good horse. That's the type of horse you want to ride. That's exactly what he did last time he was waiting for horses. Frankie (aboard Funtastic Again) wouldn't let me go. That was fantastic, I beat my idol, I have so much respect for Frankie. Having my second Gamely and Shoemaker Mile on the same day is just a dream come true."

Left: Second place finisher Funtastic Again returns after the race. Jockey Frankie Dettori said, "We went fast. When Umberto passed me, he fought back."

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Du Jour in the post parade. Jockey Flavien Prat said, "I found myself farther back than I wanted to. There was no where to go inside and I had to go around. It didn't set up for him."

Anisette (outside) winning the Gamely Stakes

Kicking off the Monday stakes trio was the $300,000 Gamely Stakes (G1) featuring a field of 8 older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Ruby Nell was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off her win in the Buena Vista (G2) after finishing third in the Pegasus World Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G2).. In to challenge her included 11-4 second choice Anisette, winner of the American Oaks (G1), and 7-2 third choice Uncorked, winner of the Royal Heroine (G3).

Jockey Edwin Maldonado sent Ruby Nell to the lead first time by through fractions of 2409, 47.57, and 1:11.69 while pressed by 8-1 Linda's Gift and stalked by 6-1 fourth choice Olivia Maralda. Turning for home Ruby Nell continued to lead through 1 mile in 1:35.40 but tired badly late. Anisette, 4th early under Umberto Rispoli, outfnished Olivia Maralda late to win by 1/2 a length in 1:46.90. It was another length back to late-running 17-1 Forever After All third, while favorite Ruby Nell faded to finish 6th beaten 3 3/4 lengths.

Results Chart from DRF.

Left: Anisette in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Leonard Powell said, "I was very happy with the first part of the race. I got a bit worried when Ruby Nell got the separation with the field, but I was very happy that the field caught up with Ruby Nell early. I could see that Umberto was biding his time and he had a lot of confidence in her, and she got the job done. At the quarter pole I thought if she makes it, she is a champion. She had to carry four pounds more than most of the field. It was quite a task today"

Right: Anisette in the paddock. Winning jockey Umberto Rispoli said, "I don't really think it was the distance she likes, but I think today she won because she is much the best filly. It's hard to say (what distance she prefers) because I really like her going at a mile be cause if they get away from you she can have a really good turn of foot. When I passed the leaders ahead and took off, she got in front and started to wait for the other horses. I said,' No, you don't do that today'. When she felt that other filly come aside to her she just kept on going. I think it was a great effort."

Left: Second place finisher Olivia Maralda in the post parade. Jockey Flavien Prat said, "When Anisette went by, she fought back. For her second start in the [United] States, it was a good one."

Right: Third place finisher Forever After All returns after the race. The Brendan Walsh trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 6 seconds, and 2 thirds in 15 starts, earning $322,575 for owner-breeder Dixiana Farms.

Sixth place finisher and beaten favorite Ruby Nell in the paddock. Jockey Edwin Maldonado said, "She relaxed beautifully for me. To go in 24, it's a miracle."

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