Horses

Rail Trip aims for repeat in Gold Cup

Rail Trip will try to become the third multiple winner of the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup when he faces six rivals in the 1¼-mile race Saturday at Hollywood Park.

The 71st running of the Gold Cup is one of two Grade I's on the 10-race card. Gayego, who is 2-for-2 on the Hollywood Park main track, returns to California against seven opponents in the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap at 7 furlongs.

Rail Trip is the defending champion in the Gold Cup. A repeat Saturday would enable the gelding to join Lava Man and Native Diver as a multiple winner. Those two horses won the Gold Cup three times.

He will again be ridden by Rafael Bejarano and will carry high weight of 123 pounds.

Richard's Kid will be making his Hollywood Park debut Saturday. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 5-year-old has been idle since finishing seventh in the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 27 at Meydan.

Gio Ponti at Belmont

Although still looking for his first win of 2010, Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti is the overwhelming 1-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday's Grade I, $600,000 Man o'War at Belmont Park.

Gio Ponti heads a field of eight in the 13⁄8-mile turf race.

Gio Ponti has been defeated three times so far this year after closing out his 2009 campaign with a pair of second-place finishes, including a runner-up finish to Zenyatta in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Coa rides 4,000th winner

Jockey Eibar Coa reached a career milestone Friday in Oceanport, N.J., riding his 4,000th winner.

The 39-year-old Coa won aboard Maddy's Crowd in the ninth race at Monmouth Park.

A native of Monagas, Venezuela, Coa began riding in his native country before moving to the United States in 1993. He won riding titles at Monmouth Park in 2001 and '02, and said he was happy to reach the milestone at the track he calls "a special place."

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