Hear the Ghost could fill gap in Hollendorfer's resume
Hear the Ghost worked toward those goals at Hollywood Park Sunday morning, going six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:13 3/5 under Nakatani.
"Very nice," is how Hollendorfer termed the move. "He galloped out strong as usual. He'll have a little blowout and we'll be all set for the Santa Anita Derby."
Critics point out that Hear the Ghost benefited from Flashback's costly pace duel in the San Felipe, but Hollendorfer is inclined to let judgments fall where they may. Whether Hear the Ghost's San Felipe win was an aberration remains to be seen.
"All the horses that are on the three-year-old trail have to prove themselves every single race," Hollendorfer said. "Those races are more under the microscope, so everybody's going to look closer at those. If you don't so something right, they criticize you.
"I've been down that road before, so hopefully, I won't give them anything to criticize Hear the Ghost."
Hollendorfer is confident the chestnut son of 2004 Horse of the Year Ghostzapper can successfully get the nine furlongs of the Santa Anita Derby.
With 50 points to date under the Kentucky Derby's new qualifying system, Hear the Ghost is among the leaders, with seemingly enough to make the Run for the Roses.
"We'll see," Hollendorfer said matter-of-factly. "If our horse takes us to the Derby, we'll go, but if he doesn't, we'll go somewhere else."
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