INGLEWOOD, Calif. (September 14, 2012)—All Star Heart, who won the Redondo Beach Stakes June 10 at Betfair Hollywood Park, returns to her native Canada for the $300,000 Canadian Stakes Sunday at Woodbine.
A Grade II at about 1 1/8 miles on turf, the Canadian is the fifth of 11 races. Scheduled post time is 12:05 p.m. PDT. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10:15 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by breeder Gerald Gibbs and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, All Star Heart will be making her first appearance at Woodbine since finishing fifth in a maiden race Oct. 24, 2010.
Since joining McAnally’s barn, the 5-year-old daughter of Arch and the Ascot Knight mare Gift of the Heart has won six of 11. A nose loser in the Grade II John C. Mabee Stakes Aug. 12 at Del Mar in her most recent start, All Star Heart is 6-for-18 in her career with earnings of $355,385.
The Canadian is the first of four graded stakes- three over grass – on the Sunday program. The others are the $150,000 Ontario Derby at 1 1/8 miles over Polytrack, the $500,000 Northern Dancer Turf Stakes at 1 ½ miles and the $1 million Ricoh Woodbine Mile. The Ontario Derby is a Grade III while the Northern Dancer and Woodbine Mile are Grade I events.
From inside out, the field for the 58th Canadian Stakes: Moment of Majesty, Gerry Olguin rides, 115 pounds; Laughing, Luis Contreras, 119; Stars to Shine, Alex Solis, 119; Barefoot Lady, Jamie Spencer, 113; All Star Heart, Brice Blanc, 119; Shimmering Moment, Sheldon Russell, 113; Smart Sting, John Velazquez, 117; Indian Pond, Eurico Rosa Da Silva, 115 and Kapitale, Marco Demuro, 117.
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