Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Rock Hard Ten could go in Swaps Stakes at Hollywood
By Steve Andersen
Daily Racing Form
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Rock Hard Ten, the runner-up to Smarty Jones in the Preakness Stakes, was scheduled to arrive at Hollywood Park on Wednesday for a potential start in the $400,000 Swaps Stakes on July 10, trainer Jason Orman said.
Rock Hard Ten has been based at co-owner Ernie Moody's farm in Bonsall, Calif., since finishing fifth in the Belmont Stakes on June 5. He has not had a workout since the Belmont.
"He walked for about a week and has been training at the farm," Orman said. "If he's feeling good and doing good, we may run."
The Swaps is run over 1 1/8 miles on the main track.
Orman trains the favorite for Saturday's $150,000 Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap in Laura's Lucky Boy, who won the Will Rogers Stakes on May 22. The Grade 3 Cinema is run over 1 1/8 miles on turf.
Sunday's top race is the $200,000 Beverly Hills Handicap for fillies and mares over 1 1/4 miles on turf. Noches de Rosa, the winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap on May 31, and Moscow Burning, who won the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park on May 29, are the top contenders.