TINNERS WAY WINS CALIFORNIAN : BUT HORSEMEN, FANS HAVE A MILLION OTHER REASONS TO GET EXCITED.Byline: Kevin Modesti Daily News Staff Writer
The thought of a million dollars still causes quite a stir at the racetrack.
A million dollars - to be exact, the Hollywood Park-record $3,209,796 in the pick-six pool - is the reason more than 14,000 fans at the track and 20,000 at the satellites cheered the claimers as loudly as the stakes horses Sunday.
A million dollars - the purse of the Hollywood Gold Cup The Hollywood Gold Cup is a Grade I stakes race for thoroughbred horses inaugurated in 1938 at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Inglewood, California. It was run as a handicap race until 1997 when it was switched to weight-for-age conditions. in three weeks - is the reason the horsemen began talking about that race almost as soon as Sunday's Californian was over.
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``He ran his best race today,'' trainer Bobby Frankel said after Tinners Way ended a seven-month break with a half-length victory in a track-record-tying 1:46 3/5 for 1-1/8 miles. ``I just hope we didn't take anything out of him after that long a layoff.
``If he could run back like this and get some weight, we're going to have a real good shot.''
Frankel was already thinking about the Gold Cup.
How will Tinners Way - and Helmsman and Mr Purple, the other graduates of the Californian who are scheduled to go on to the Gold Cup - do in that race against the great Cigar? Nobody is over-optimistic.
``We've gotta give him a try,'' Delahoussaye said with a shrug after the jockey completed a weekend stakes sweep. ``Maybe we can turn the tables on him. Maybe he's unbeatable.
``I think the only way he (Cigar) can get beat is if somebody runs the race of their life or he doesn't run his race.''
Frankel began campaigning for Cigar to receive a stiff weight handicap.
``He's got to be in the top two or three (of all-time), right there with Secretariat and Kelso and those,'' Frankel said a day after Cigar scored his 15th straight victory - one short of Citation's North American North American
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``He'll have to give us (Tinners Way) at least 10 pounds.''
Fans who figured Tinners Way for a Pacific Classic specialist - he's won the past two runnings of that Del Mar race - who couldn't win off a layoff had a harder time picking six Sunday.
At $7.60, he was the third choice in the Californian, behind Helmsman and Del Mar Dennis, making him one of four upset winners in the pick six.
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He was introduced to the sport of thoroughbred racing by his older brother, jockey Gregg McCarron. won the seventh race at $16.40. By Mint Green and Omar Berrio, favored in a wide-open 10th race, came home 1-3/4 lengths in front, only 49 tickets were still perfect.
Each ticket was worth $44,427.
The huge pool included an $869,071 carryover from Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
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2. until reductions in stakes prize money is addressed as required in the horsemen's contract. A resolution is expected by Wednesday. ``I don't think we have a disagreement,'' Hollypark GM Eual Wyatt Jr. said. ``Maybe (TOC) wanted the stakes proposal at the same time as the overnight proposal. But we have some time on the stakes. We couldn't want another day on the overnight.'' Overall wagering was up 0.9 percent in the season's first 29 days thanks to improved simulcast business. But on-track handle accounts for more revenue, so a decline in that column is damaging. . . .
Tinners Way was Delahoussaye's eighth stakes winner of the meet, tying Corey Nakatani ''' Corey S. Nakatani (born October 21, 1970 in Covina, California, United States) is an American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey.
As of 2006, Nakatani has won more than 3000 races including the Kentucky Oaks twice, the Canadian International Stakes, the Dubai Golden for the lead in that department. Meanwhile, Nakatani tripled to take over the overall lead in the jockey standings 31-28 from Brice Blanc. . . . The track reported that X-rays showed no fractures in Prince Tam, a claiming gelding gelding
castrated male horse. who limped into the horse ambulance after flipping while suffering from the heat following the second race. . . . First-race maiden-breaker Nataka gave trainer Paco Gonzalez his 200th win. . . . A six-day week starts Wednesday. It includes the Cinema Handicap for 3-year-old turfers on Saturday and the Gamely Handicap for fillies and mares on Sunday, and Monday racing at 7 p.m.