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Proctor Focus of Quiet Day

INSIDER TRADING BOB MIESZERSKI

May 26, 2002|BOB MIESZERSKI

Before a three-stakes bonanza on Monday, Hollywood Park will be relatively quiet this afternoon.

With the California Sire Stakes having been postponed for a few days because only four 3-year-olds were entered Friday morning, the only stakes on the card is the $65,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial at five furlongs.

The first added-money race of the local season for 2-year-old males, the Proctor attracted eight entrants, including a three-horse entry trained by Jerry Dutton.

Dutton, who won the Cinderella Stakes for 2-year-old fillies earlier in the month with Global Finance, is scheduled to run winners Fabulous World and Goodbye Earl and maiden Skipping Stars.

The likely favorite in the ungraded race is Expression, a California-bred son of In Excess who won on May 8 after finishing third in his debut on April 27. He is trained by Jean-Pierre Dupuis for a partnership and will be ridden by Brice Blanc.

Other top contenders include Crowned Dancer, who was second to Expression in his debut for trainer Chris Paasch, and Royal Place, who won at first asking for trainer Dave La Croix on May 1.

Two races before the Proctor, Innit, the winner of the Honeymoon Handicap last July 1 on the Hollywood Park turf course, will make her first start since Aug. 18 against only four opponents.

Trained by Ron McAnally for owner Richard Duchossois, Innit will be ridden by Chris McCarron. Gabriellina Giof, who is also trained by McAnally, Canzone, Garden in the Rain and Terna complete the lineup.

Race of the day: Lost At Sea, Ayzal and A B Noodle head the field for the $55,000 Bay Meadows Oaks today at Bay Meadows. The 1 1/16-mile turf affair is the third race on the card.

Who's hot: Aggressive. The 5-year-old gelding will try for his fourth consecutive victory in his first race on the turf in today's fifth at Hollywood Park.

Who's not: Futural. Like Azillion, the 6-year-old gelding clearly has seen better days. He finished last in Friday night's seventh at Hollywood Park. Unlike Azillion, he has actually won some races in this country--seven, to be exact.

Exotically speaking: Late doubles from Kappa King in the eighth to Cee's Dude, California Lite and Wild Success.

Winners: Previous day/meet total: 2/61. Money: Previous day/meet total: $8.40/$350.80. Total money bet: $412.

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