EDITED HOLLYWOOD PARK RELEASE
Java’s War, winner of the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland and 13th in the Kentucky Derby in his last start, is likely to return in the Grade 2, $150,000 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park on July 4.
The Swaps is a 1 1/8-mile test for 2-year-olds on the Cushion Track.
Trainer Ken McPeek confirmed to vice president-racing and racing secretary Martin Panza Thursday morning that Java’s War, owned by Charles Fipke, will be arriving at Hollywood Park July 1 and will be stabled in the barn of Hall of Famer Jack Van Berg.
Other Swaps contenders include Tiz a Minister (trainer Paul Aguirre, jockey Corey Nakatani), who came from far back to win the Grade III Affirmed Handicap June 2; Power Broker (Bob Baffert, no rider), who won the Grade I Front Runner at Santa Anita last Sept. 29 and coming off wins at Churchill Downs and Belmont Park; Dice Flavor (Paddy Gallagher, Mike Smith), victorious in the Grade III El Camino Real Derby Feb. 16 at Golden Gate Fields; and Chief Havoc (Peter Miller, no rider), a dominating allowance winner May 30.