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July 19, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Bob Baffert, the usually unflappable trainer set to be inducted into racing's Hall of Fame on Aug. 14, said he was in "shock" Saturday after a 3-year-old horse he bred and co-owns, Misremembered, won the Grade II $300,000 Swaps Stakes by one length over odds-on favorite Grazen at Hollywood Park. "You don't know how much money I've wasted," Baffert said, referring to his breeding experiences.
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November 7, 2013 | Paresh Dave
With only seven horses racing and Seattle Slew the clear favorite, many of the 68,000 people at Hollywood Park thought they had a sure bet picking him to finish among the top three. Yet, few cheers boomed out for Seattle Slew at the finish line that summer day in 1977. The just-anointed Triple Crown winner had been embarrassed in the Swaps Stakes, finishing fourth, 16 lengths behind J.O. Tobin. Some considered it the biggest disappointment in Hollywood Park's history -- until this year, when racetrack owners announced the autumn meet that begins Thursday would be the last season in Hollywood Park's 75-year run. Named by its film industry founders, Hollywood Park began as a glitzy oasis in Inglewood for both the rich and those hoping to strike it rich.
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July 17, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
With the finishing line rapidly approaching in Saturday's Grade II, $196,000 Swaps Stakes, jockey Joel Rosario, aboard Skipshot, began to wonder whether his horse would have to settle for second place behind heavily favored Sidney's Candy in the 1 1/8-mile race. Sidney's Candy had opened a 1½-length lead with an eighth of a mile to go. But Rosario and Skipshot never gave up. A tiring Sidney's Candy, trying to go wire to wire, couldn't hold on. Skipshot, sent off at odds of 4-1, won by a head in the championship race for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
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July 17, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
With the finishing line rapidly approaching in Saturday's Grade II, $196,000 Swaps Stakes, jockey Joel Rosario, aboard Skipshot, began to wonder whether his horse would have to settle for second place behind heavily favored Sidney's Candy in the 1 1/8-mile race. Sidney's Candy had opened a 1½-length lead with an eighth of a mile to go. But Rosario and Skipshot never gave up. A tiring Sidney's Candy, trying to go wire to wire, couldn't hold on. Skipshot, sent off at odds of 4-1, won by a head in the championship race for 3-year-olds at Hollywood Park.
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July 17, 1999 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the third time in its 26-year history, only four horses will run in the Swaps Stakes, Hollywood Park's signature race for 3-year-olds. The reasons for the small field this time are Triple Crown attrition and General Challenge, who shook off a hard-luck 11th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby to win the Affirmed Handicap at Hollywood last month.
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July 16, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Sidney's Candy, the Santa Anita Derby winner who finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby, makes his return to the races Saturday in the Grade II $200,000 Swaps Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile race is the highlight of the final weekend of racing at the Hollywood Park summer meeting. Trainer John Sadler never took the 3-year-old son of Candy Ride out of training after his disappointing effort at Churchill Downs, but he backed off a bit while letting the horse recover. "It was a big stress on him," Sadler said.
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June 13, 1997 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Talks are continuing between Hollywood Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California on a possible increase of the purse for the Swaps Stakes, scheduled for July 13. An increase, from $500,000, is being considered in the hope of luring Touch Gold, Silver Charm and Free House, the first three finishers in last Saturday's Belmont Stakes, to run in the 1 1/8-mile race.
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July 24, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Lightly raced Prized scored a major upset Sunday, coming well off the pace to defeat Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Sunday Silence by 3/4 of a length in the $412,400 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park. Sunday Silence opened a 4-length lead entering the stretch, but Prized and jockey Eddie Delahoussaye closed rapidly on the outside, catching the leader inside the eighth pole before drawing out to win.
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July 27, 1987 | BILL CHRISTINE, Times Staff Writer
Using everything but hypnosis, trainer Charlie Whittingham overlooked nary a precaution Sunday as he tried to get the rambunctious Temperate Sil into the starting gate for the $214,000 Swaps Stakes. Rodney Rash, one of Whittingham's assistants, was at Del Mar, preparing for the start of the season there on Wednesday, but he flew back for the Swaps and ponied Temperate Sil to the gate.
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August 18, 1985 | Associated Press
Don't Say Halo tops a competitive field of nine, including seven stakes winners, for today's $138,550 Del Mar Derby for 3-year-olds. The nine-furlong turf test carries an $82,300 winner's purse and another $25,000 in Breeder's Cup awards. Don't Say Halo, winner of the Spotlight Stakes and Cinema Handicap earlier this year at Hollywood Park, will carry high weight of 121 pounds, including jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. The son of Halo will break from the outside.
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July 16, 2010 | Eric Sondheimer
Sidney's Candy, the Santa Anita Derby winner who finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby, makes his return to the races Saturday in the Grade II $200,000 Swaps Stakes. The 1 1/8-mile race is the highlight of the final weekend of racing at the Hollywood Park summer meeting. Trainer John Sadler never took the 3-year-old son of Candy Ride out of training after his disappointing effort at Churchill Downs, but he backed off a bit while letting the horse recover. "It was a big stress on him," Sadler said.
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July 19, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
Bob Baffert, the usually unflappable trainer set to be inducted into racing's Hall of Fame on Aug. 14, said he was in "shock" Saturday after a 3-year-old horse he bred and co-owns, Misremembered, won the Grade II $300,000 Swaps Stakes by one length over odds-on favorite Grazen at Hollywood Park. "You don't know how much money I've wasted," Baffert said, referring to his breeding experiences.
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July 18, 2009 | Eric Sondheimer
California's thoroughbred breeding business could use some new stallions considering its star performers are nearing or have passed 20 years old, which makes today's $300,000 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park so important.
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February 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
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July 9, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
After finishing a nose apart in the Affirmed Handicap on June 17, Point Determined and A.P. Warrior raced as a team for a good portion of the $354,515 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes on Saturday at Hollywood Park. This was just fine with Alex Solis, the rider on Arson Squad, something of a forgotten 3-year-old who was also exiting the Affirmed, a race in which he finished third, beaten by only 1 1/2 lengths.
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August 5, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Although Hollywood Park would have preferred his return had come in last month's Swaps Stakes, Point Given will make his first start since his devastating win in the Belmont in the $1.5-million Haskell Invitational Handicap today at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Owned by Prince Ahmed Salman's Thoroughbred Corporation and trained by Bob Baffert, Point Given should have little trouble winning for the eighth time in 12 starts and his third in a row.
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July 15, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Since the Swaps Stakes was first run in 1974, three trainers--all hall of famers--have won the race in consecutive years. The late Laz Barrera was the first, winning with Valdez in 1979 and First Albert 12 months later. Charlie Whittingham, who died in 1999, collected his Swaps victories with Temperate Sil in 1987 and Lively One in '88. Wayne Lukas was the last to win consecutive Swaps races.
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July 14, 2003 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Before watching the $400,000 Swaps Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park, owner James McIngvale spent some quality time with one of his bobble-head dolls. "He said he touched [jockey] Jerry Bailey' s bobble-head for luck," said Bob Baffert, who trains for McIngvale, a furniture magnate based in Houston. Whatever works. During, an 8-1 shot ridden by Bailey and purchased by Baffert for McIngvale for $350,000 as a yearling, upset favored Ten Most Wanted to win the Grade II.
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August 5, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Although Hollywood Park would have preferred his return had come in last month's Swaps Stakes, Point Given will make his first start since his devastating win in the Belmont in the $1.5-million Haskell Invitational Handicap today at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J. Owned by Prince Ahmed Salman's Thoroughbred Corporation and trained by Bob Baffert, Point Given should have little trouble winning for the eighth time in 12 starts and his third in a row.
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