Myung Kwon Cho, owner and trainer of Love Theway Youare, loves the way the 3-year-old filly is coming up to the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks Saturday. The Grade II Oaks will be run at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track.
Love Theway Youare shipped to Baltimore and finished a distant fourth in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico in her stakes debut May 20 after consecutive wins on this circuit around two turns.
Raxon Cho, the trainer’s son, said Thursday, “After talking to (jockey Joel) Rosario, we concluded that she just didn’t like the racetrack. She’s been doing great since she’s come back.”
Love Theway Youare, stabled at Santa Anita, drew the rail with Alonso Quinonez in a field of five. “The Oaks will be a tough race, but I’m actually happy to see Plum Pretty In,” said Cho. “She should assure an honest pace, which would help us.”
Plum Pretty, winner of the Kentucky Oaks in her last start May 6, was a surprise entrant for trainer Bob Baffert, who had originally planned to send her to New York for the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park the same day.
Plum Pretty is expected to vie for favoritism with Zazu, who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks and defeated Plum Pretty in winning the Las Virgenes Stakes.
Trainer Mark Glatt is also hoping to spring an upset with the consistent Big Tiz, stakes-placed three times. “Hopefully, this will be her day,” said Glatt. “Naturally a short field is nice. Plum Pretty was kind of unexpected and has to be respected. And you’ve got to respect Zazu. I’m anticipating a favorable pace scenario. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
DRYSDALE READIES DUO FOR BEVERLY HILLS
Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale hopes for big efforts out of First Settler and Restless Soul in the $100,000 Grade III Beverly Hills Handicap Sunday.
First Settler, a 4-year-old filly on her way up, and Restless Soul, a 7-year-old mare nearing retirement, were both assigned 114 pounds in the 1 ¼-mile turf test for fillies and mares.
First Settler won consecutive allowance races at 1 1/8 miles on the Santa Anita turf before finishing fifth in the Redondo Beach Stakes at one mile here June 5. “The mile was too short for her,” said Drysdale. “It was a prep she needed for this race.”
Restless Soul finished fourth in the Grade I Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the grass here May 30. “There wasn’t much pace in that race,” said Drysdale. “She’s quite consistent.”
Restless Soul, making her third start in the Drysdale barn, finished third in the Beverly Hills last year when she was with Ben Cecil. The English-bred mare will be bred in Australia later this summer by owner Matthew Cloros.
FINISH LINES—Chilean import Ashtar worked six furlongs on turf in a bullet 1:12.80 for trainer Ruben Cardenas for his United States debut in the $250,000 Grade I Shoemaker Mile July 2. Courageous Cat is scheduled to be shipped here by trainer Bill Mott for owner Marty Wygod for the Shoemaker…Multiple stakes-winning sprinter Smiling Tiger worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11.40 on Cushion Track for trainer Jeff Bonde for the $250,000 Grade I Triple Bend Handicap July 2…Givine worked five furlongs on the main track in 1:00.80 for trainer Julio Canani for the $150,000 Grade II Royal Heroine Mile July 4…Trainer Craig Dollase said that Awesome Gem, winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup last year, was a question mark for the $500,000 Grade I race July 9. The 8-year-old gelding is entered in the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows Saturday. “We’ll take them one race at a time,” said Dollase…Trainer Carl O’Callaghan was happy to have multiple stakes-winning sprinter Kinsale King back in training after a freshening at Magali Farms. “I think the vacation, his first in two years, helped him,” said O’Callaghan. “I’m trying to make the Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar (July 31).”… Raxon Cho said that highly regarded 3-year-old colts Premier Pegasus and Riveting Reason are ready to resume training after injuries derailed them from the Triple Crown trail. “They are days away from returning,” said Cho. “We hope to have them ready to race at Santa Anita this fall.” Premier Pegasus won the Hollywood Prevue and San Felipe Stakes. Riveting Reason was second in the Robert Lewis Stakes…American Lion, winner of the 2009 Hollywood Prevue, worked six furlongs on the comeback trail in 1:14 for trainer Eoin Harty…Irish Gypsy, who climaxed jockey Martin Garcia’s second four-win day at this track Sunday with a victory in the $76,050 Desert Stormer Handicap, is probable for a return in the $200,000 Grade II A Gleam Handicap for fillies and mares July 16… Patrick Valenzuela has taken a call on Quick Enough for Doug O’Neill in the Robert Kerlan Memorial Handicap July 3.
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