Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy Independence Day! -- Monterey Jazz Wins American Handicap

Video courtesy of Hollywood Park.

Monterey Jazz and jockey Tyler Baze scored an impressive win in today's American Handicap at Hollywood Park. Trained by Craig Dollase, Monterey Jazz is owned by Tom Arndt’s A and R Stables and the Joe Masino-managed Class Racing Stable.

The American Handicap is part of a double billing for Independence Day weekend at Hollywood Park, followed up by tomorrow's Grade 1 American Oaks for three-year-old fillies. I imagined there would be a plethora of other patriotic-themed stakes around the country this weekend, but oddly enough was only able to find two Firecracker Handicaps (Churchill Downs and Mountaineer Park) and two Independence Day Stakes/Handicaps (Mountaineer and Wyoming Downs). A little disappointing, really. I was hoping to find at least a Yankee Doodle Dandee Stakes or two! Anyway, Happy Fourth of July!

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