INGLEWOOD, Calif. (July 10, 2013)—A Grade I winner over Polytrack, Emollient will make her first start on turf in the $350,000 American Oaks Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles, the American Oaks is one of four stakes to be offered the next-to-last day of the Spring/Summer meet. The others are the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap, a Grade II for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs over Cushion Track and a pair of six-furlong races for 2-year-olds – the Grade III, $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship and the $150,000 Landaluce for fillies.
The Landaluce is the second on the 10-race card, the Hollywood Juvenile is the fourth, the A Gleam the eighth and the American Oaks the ninth.
The A Gleam is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In’’ race. The BC nominated winner of the race will earn a fees-paid berth in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, which will be run Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.
A poster commemorating Hollywood Park’s 75th anniversary will be given away – one per paid admission while supplies last. Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
This is also the final Saturday of the S/S season offering a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000.
If the Pick Six pool exceeds $200,000, there will be $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials offered at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.
A single winning ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG)- earns a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
Owned by breeder Juddmonte Farms, Inc. and trained by Bill Mott, Emollient was a nine-length winner of the Grade I Ashland April 6 at Keeneland, leading throughout in her initial collaboration with Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
A daughter of Empire Maker and the Touch Gold mare, Emollient failed to fire in the Grade II Black Eyed Susan May 17 at Pimlico, finishing a well-beaten sixth as the 4-5 favorite.
A winner of three of seven with earnings of $446,900, Emollient worked twice over the grass at Belmont Park, including a 1:13 1/5 drill for six furlongs that was termed breezing by track clockers.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998, Mott is no stranger to Grade I success at Hollywood Park. His local victories include the 1992 Hollywood Derby with Paradise Creek and Matriarch (Duda) and Gold Cup (Cigar) in 1995.
Smith retains the mount on the bay as he tries to join Martin Garcia and Kent Desormeaux as a two-time winner of the American Oaks. Garcia won with Harmonious in 2010 and Nereid, who finished in a dead heat with Cambina, in 2011. Desormeaux’s victories came aboard Ticker Tape (2004) and Gozzip Girl (2009).
Emotional Kitten will make her first start in California since trailing in the Cinderella Stakes over a year ago.
Owned by breeders Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Wesley Ward, the Kitten’s Joy filly out of the Ghazi mare Silent Emotion arrives having won two in a row – both by a nose – on turf.
Emotional Kitten won a $53,655 allowance April 7 at Keeneland before edging Summer of Fun in the $100,000 Hilltop Stakes May 17 at Pimlico. She’s won three of 10 and earned $133,815.
Sarach, Scarlet Strike, Macha and Becky Lou – the first four finishers in the Grade II Honeymoon Handicap June 8 – will provide most of the opposition for the two shippers.
Owned by breeders Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, Sarach led all the way at 8-1 in the Honeymoon for her first stakes victory.
A daughter of Arch and the Atticus mare Eximius, Sarach has won three of eight and earned $168,742.
Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer will saddle both Scarlet Strike and Macha.
Second as the odds-on favorite in the Grade III Senorita Stakes May 11 and the Honeymoon, Scarlet Strike has won twice and earned $382,340.
Owned by a partnership that includes Hollendorfer, John Carver and Green Smith, the Smart Strike filly out of the French Deputy mare Scarlet Tango has not finished worse than third in her 12-race career.
A New York-bred daughter of Majestic Warrior and the Giant’s Causeway mare Giant Leap, Macha has two wins in eight starts for Hollendorfer and Green B. Smith, Jr. She’s banked $90,020.
Never off the board in four races on grass, Macha earned her sole turf victory by 2 ½ lengths in a $54,250 allowance May 17 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Beaten two lengths while splitting the field in the Honeymoon, Becky Lou has won twice in seven starts. The Johannesburg filly out of the El Corredor mare Elle Nicole has earned $53,796. Matt Chew trains for Daniel O’Neill.
Completing the field are Wittgenstein and Topic.
Owned by Reddam Racing, LLC and trained by Doug O’Neill, Wittgenstein finished seventh in the Honeymoon in her first start over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf.
The Irish-bred daughter of Shamardal and the Definite Article mare La Vita E Bella has won two of 13 and earned $76,415.
Trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale for owners Alice Bamford and Anthony Speelman, Topic defeated maidens by 2 ¼ lengths June 13. Her first victory came in her sixth start. A Discreet Cat filly out of the Quiet American mare Quiet Maggy, Topic has banked $46,590.
From inside out, the field for the 12th American Oaks: Sarach, Martin Garcia rides, 121 pounds; Macha, Gary Stevens, 121; Emollient, Mike Smith, 121; Emotional Kitten, Victor Espinoza, 121; Scarlet Strike, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Becky Lou, Joe Talamo, 121; Wittgenstein, Mario Gutierrez, 121 and Topic, Garrett Gomez, 121.
The A Gleam field includes three Grade I winners – Teddy’s Promise, Byrama and Book Review.
Teddy’s Promise, who collected her most significant victory in the 2011 La Brea Stakes, will be seeking her sixth win over Cushion Track for owner-breeders Ted and Judy Nichols.
Trained by Ron Ellis, the California-bred daughter of Salt Lake, who was a troubled third as the 4-5 favorite in the Desert Stormer, has started 10 times over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track. She’s been second or third in two of her defeats.
Out of the Capote mare Braids and Beads, the 5-year-old has won nine of 24 and banked $722,397. Teddy’s Promise was fifth in last year’s A Gleam.
Byrama cuts back in distance for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trainer Simon Callaghan after a 6-1 upset going nine furlongs in the Grade I Vanity Handicap June 15.
The 3 ½-length victory came in Byrama’s initial try over Cushion Track and was her fifth win in 19 starts. The 4-year-old Byron filly out of the Darshaan mare Aymara has earned $484,750.
The last filly/mare to win the Vanity and A Gleam in the same year was Dontstop Themusic in 1985.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has the return call on Byrama. Stevens has won the A Gleam a record seven times, most recently with Alphabet Kisses in 2005.\
Book Review is one of two entered by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won this race two years ago with Irish Gypsy.
Owned by breeders Gary and Mary West, Book Review, a 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway filly and the Distorted Humor mare Clever Babe, has excelled at the A Gleam distance. She has won four of five at seven furlongs, including the La Brea last Dec. 26.
Sidelined since finishing second as the 11-10 favorite in the Grade II Santa Maria Feb. 16, Book Review has won five of 12 and earned $664,955.
Maker Or Breaker will make her first start around one turn since she won her debut – at six furlongs – July 26, 2012 at Del Mar.
A 4-year-old Empire Maker filly out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, Maker Or Breaker has three wins in six starts for owner-breeders Patti and Hal Earnhardt, III and earnings of $135,460.
Rumor has been away since finishing fifth of nine over a sloppy surface in the Grade I Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard May 4 at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella for Ramona S. Bass, LLC, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, the 5-year-old Indian Charlie mare has won six of 15. Out of the Deputy Minister mare Mini Chat, Rumor has earned $394,391.
Mandella is a two-time winner of the A Gleam, scoring with Le L’Argent in 1987 and Survive (1991).
Reneesgotzip will make her first start of 2013 for Lanni Family Trust and trainer Peter Miller.
The 4-year-old City Zip filly out of the Distorted Humor mare No Dress Code has been idle since finishing second – beaten by a neck – in the Grade I La Brea last Dec. 26.
Bred in Kentucky by John Liviakis, Reneesgotzip is undefeated in three starts over Cushion Track, including a victory in the Skillful Joy Stakes last Dec. 1. She’s won five of 10 lifetime and earned $514,460.
Winding Way was fifth in the Desert Stormer in her first race since trailing in the L.A. Woman Stakes last Oct. 7.
Carla Gaines trains the 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly for owner-breeder B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm LLC. Out of the More Than Ready mare More Than Pretty, Winding Way has banked $171,281 while winning three of five. Her sole stakes win came in the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap last Aug. 19 at Del Mar.
Conkate will make her graded stakes debut for trainer Doug O’Neill and a partnership that includes Rutherford Group Ltd., Gary Margolis, Jeff Ho and Steve Rothblum.
A 4-year-old gray daughter of Exchange Rate and the Honour and Glory mare First Glory, Conkate has won four of 19 and earned $150,623.
Claimed for $32,000 by her current connections Feb. 10, Conkate has one win in five starts since the purchase. She was fourth in the Desert Stormer.
From inside out, the field for the 59th A Gleam Handicap: Reneesgotzip, Garrett Gomez rides, 118 pounds; Byrama, Gary Stevens, 119; Conkate, Edwin Maldonado, 113; Winding Way, Martin Garcia, 115; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 122; Rumor, Mike Smith, 119; Book Review, Rafael Bejarano, 118 and Maker Or Breaker, Corey Nakatani, 115.
Willie B Awesome and Solid Wager, the 2-3 finishers in the Willard L. Proctor Memorial June 15, top the lineup in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship.
Owned by a partnership that includes Michael Byrnes, Patsy London, Kretz Racing LLC and breeder Terry Lovingier and trained by Walther Solis, Willie B Awesome has one win in three starts and earnings of $61,912. The Awesome Gamber colt out of the Nineeleven mare Cause I’m Tricky is a full brother to the multiple stakes winner Willa B Awesome.
Solid Wager, who finished a neck behind Willie B Awesome last month, has a win in two races for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable and Miller, who won the 2011 Juvenile with Majestic City.
A son of Birdonthewire and the Valid Wager mare G Ma, Solid Wager has earned $30,000.
Alpine Luck comes off a maiden win June 22 in his third race for owner-breeder Heinz Steinmann and trainer Mike Harrington, who combined to win the 1996 Juvenile with Swiss Yodeler.
By Lucky J.H. out of the Swiss Yodeler mare I Can Yodele, Alpine Luck has banked $56,784. He has not been worse than third.
Ontology finished second behind Alpine Luck last month in his debut for Reddam Racing, LLC and Callaghan. The effort was worth $10,400 for the son of Tapit and the King of Kings mare Shytoe Lafeet.
Reddam Racing, LLC is also represented by the first-time starter Bond Holder. Conditioned by Doug O’Neill, who won the Juvenile in both 2008 (Azul Leon) and 2009 (filly Necessary Evil), Bond Holder is a son of Mineshaft and the Conquistador Cielo mare Cielo Girl.
Trainer Jeff Mullins supplemented Knock Em Flat to the Juvenile for $3,000. A rookie by Flatter and the Broken Vow mare Malamado, Knock Em Flat is owned by Sam Britt and Michael House.
Second in the trainer’s race behind John Sadler entering the final four days of the Spring/Summer meet, Mike Puype will send out firster Carson’s Ten for owner-breeder Joseph LaCombe Stables, Inc. The bay is a son of Rock Hard Ten and the Carson City mare Carson’s Dane.
From inside out, the field for the 74th Hollywood Juvenile Championship: Ontology, Rafael Bejarano rides, 115 pounds; Alpine Luck, Gary Stevens, 119; Knock Em Flat, Joe Talamo, 115; Bond Holder, Mario Gutierrez, 115; Solid Wager, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Willie B Awesome, Martin Pedroza, 119 and Carson’s Ten, Alonso Quinonez, 115.
She’s a Tiger, a runaway winner in her June 22 debut at Pleasanton, is the one to defeat in the Landaluce.
Owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC, Allen Aldrich, Lisa Hernandez and Stuart Downey and trained by Jeff Bonde, the half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Smiling Tiger won by nine lengths as the 1-5 favorite against only three opponents. The final time for the five furlongs was 57.49 seconds.
The win was worth $15,650 to the daughter of Tale of the Cat and the Cahill Road mare Shandra Smiles.
South Sound was impressive in her local debut for Reddam Racing, LLC and O’Neill, defeating five rivals by 2 ½ lengths June 14.
By Stroll out of the Sultry Song mare Chosen Honor, South Sound earned $31,200 for the victory as the 19-10 favorite. O’Neill and Reddam teamed to win the 2009 Landaluce with Repo.
Reddam and O’Neill will also be represented Saturday by Perched, who finished fourth in her debut in the Lost in the Fog Stakes June 15 at Golden Gate Fields. The Into Mischief filly out of the Love Catcher mare Pine Bluff picked up $3,000 for the performance. She finished 1 ½ lengths behind winner Skydreamin, who returned to take the Everett Nevin Stakes for Bonde July 7 at Pleasanton.
Pleasant Miss and On the Backstreets, the 2-4 finishers in the Cinderella Stakes won by Sprouts June 15, return in search of their second lifetime win.
Owned by a partnership that includes Halo Farms, Mark Randall, Three Sisters Thoroughbreds and Hollendorfer, Pleasant Miss has started twice. The daughter of Pleasantly Perfect and the Tale of the Cat mare Winter Tide has banked $38,000.
The Kentucky-bred was purchased privately after she won against $50,000 maidens in her May 9 debut.
Beaten by nearly 14 lengths as the even-money favorite in the Cinderella, On the Backstreets reportedly flipped her palate in the race.
Trained by Miller for Brewer Racing Stable, David Lanzaman, Rockingham Ranch and Jason Wood, the Street Boss filly out of the Mutakddim mare Mutakaway won by 2 ¼ lengths as the 19-10 choice in her bow May 23. She’s banked $37,200.
Both Hollendorfer and Miller have won the Landaluce. The former got the money with Killer Graces in 2011 while Miller’s victory came with Pinata in 2006.
Gagaoveryou finished second behind South Sound in her initiation for The Premae Company LLC and trainer Julio Canani. The Zensational filly out of the Hennessy mare Eau de Vie earned $10,400.
Completing the Landaluce cast is E Equalsmcsquared, a daughter of Einstein and the Conquistador Cielo mare Prairie Spring.
After finishing fourth in her debut for trainer Eric Kruljac May 3 at Betfair Hollywood Park, E Equalsmcsquared shipped to Lone Star Park in Texas, blitzing $25,000 maidens by 7 ¾ lengths May 18. She’s earned $10,800 for a partnership that includes Omar Aldabbagh, Linden Hatch and Brent Stapley.
From inside out, the field for the 69th Landaluce: On the Backstreets, Joe Talamo rides, 119 pounds; E Equalsmcsquared, Mike Smith, 117; South Sound, Mario Gutierrez, 119; She’s a Tiger, Frank Alvarado, 119; Gagaoveryou, Martin Pedroza, 115; Pleasant Miss, Rafael Bejarano, 117 and Perched, Corey Nakatani, 115
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