All Star Heart Shoots For Another Stakes Win In `Ribbon

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Posted 08.31.12 at 2:08

All Star Heart and jockey Brice Blanc win the Redondo Beach Stakes. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 31, 2012)—All Star Heart, who won the Redondo Beach Stakes during the Spring/Summer meet at Betfair Hollywood Park, will aim for her seventh lifetime win in the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap Monday at Del Mar.

A Grade II for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf, the Yellow Ribbon is the ninth of 11 races on the Labor Day program. Post time is 2:05 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by breeder Gerald Gibbs and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, All Star Heart has earned all of her wins since coming to California in the fall of 2010. The Canadian bred daughter of Arch and the Ascot Knight mare Gift of the Heart has started 11 times for McAnally. In 18 career outings, the 5-year-old has earned $355,385.

After her half-length win in the Redondo Beach, All Star Heart failed to fire in the Grade II Royal Heroine Mile July 7 before rebounding with a strong second in the Grade II John C. Mabee Aug. 12 at Del Mar.

All Star Heart lost by a nose to City to City, who is also in the Yellow Ribbon, while 1 ¼ lengths clear of third place finisher – and Yellow Ribbon entrant – Go Forth North.

The card includes two other stakes – the $150,000 I’m Smokin for 2-year-olds bred in California and the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies Turf. The I’m Smokin is at six furlongs over Polytrack and is the fourth race. The Juvenile Fillies Turf is at one mile and is the sixth race.

From inside out, the field for the Yellow Ribbon Handicap: Vivo Por Lei, Alonso Quinonez rides, 116 pounds; Cosset, Goncalino Almeida, 109; City to City, Corey Nakatani, 122; Camelia Rose, Mario Gutierrez, 115; Broken Dreams, Garrett Gomez, 119; Byrony, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Halo Dolly, Joe Talamo, 120; Go Forth North, David Flores, 117 and All Star Heart, Brice Blanc, 120.

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