John Henry Works Out at Hollywood Park for Expected Debut in American Handicap
John Henry, the world’s leading thoroughbred money-winner, continued training for his expected 10-year-old debut in the $150,000-added American Handicap at Hollywood Park July 4, working a half-mile on the main track Wednesday.
Clockers caught John Henry breezing in 48 3/5, covering the first three furlongs in 36 and galloping out in 1:02 1/5.
“We’re moving him up pretty quick,” trainer Ron McAnally said. “We let him go a bit today to see how he takes it and see how tired he gets. It’s still too early to say (about John Henry starting in the American), but he’s getting so much out of it, and it’s a lot easier getting him ready for a mile and an eighth than for a mile and a quarter, or a mile and a half.”
In Wednesday’s Hollywood Park feature, Reigning Countess outfinished even-money favorite Window Seat to win the $65,300 Railbird Stakes by a half-length.
Reigning Countess, ridden by Gary Stevens, covered seven furlongs in 1:22 2/5 and paid $13.20, $3.80 and $2.20. Window Seat, ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, returned $3 and $2.20. Charming Susan, ridden by Darrel McHargue, paid $2.20 to show.