Five Ready To Challenge Zenyatta Saturday; Twirling Candy Takes On Older In Goodwood; Two Other Oak Tree Grade I Races On Tap

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Posted 09.29.10 at 2:24

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (September 29, 2010)—Seeking to remain undefeated in her 19th start, Zenyatta will have five opponents in search of her third consecutive victory in the $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes, Presented by TVG, Saturday at Hollywood Park.

The race at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track is the second of four Grade I’s that will be run on the third day of the inaugural Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meet.

The Lady’s Secret is the seventh of 10 races. It will immediately follow the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes and directly proceed both the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes and $250,000 Goodwood Stakes. The Yellow Ribbon and Goodwood are presented by TVG.

Post time is 1 p.m. There will be a Zenyatta cap giveaway to each paid admission while supplies last. In addition, there will be an art exhibit and book signing by noted equine artist Fred Stone and a jersey signing by Hall of Fame jockeys Eddie Delahoussaye, Chris McCarron, Laffit Pincay, Jr. and Gary Stevens.

The stakes races will be available on ESPN Classic (3:30-5 p.m. PDT). The Lady’s Secret will also be shown on ESPN at approximately 4 p.m.

Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Shirreffs, Zenyatta will become the richest female in terms of career earnings with a win Saturday. She currently has a bankroll of $6,254,580. Ouija Board, who retired in 2006, leads with $6,334,296.

Zenyatta, who won the 2009 Lady’s Secret at Santa Anita before her historic victory against males in the Breeders’ Cup Classic four weeks later, has won seven times at Hollywood Park , giving her more victories at her home track than any other.

An unprecedented third consecutive score in the Lady’s Secret would be her ninth Grade I in a row. She will break from post five and carry the same 123 pounds as she did in her most recent victory in the Clement L. Hirsch on Aug. 7 at Del Mar.

This will be the last outing in Southern California for the 6-year-old Street Cry mare. She is scheduled to make her 20th and final start when she attempts to defend her title in the Breeders’ Cup Classic next month at Churchill Downs.

Rinterval, who finished a neck behind Zenyatta in the Hirsch, is one of two challengers Saturday owned by Jerry Jamgotchian and trained by Eric Reed.

Joining Rinterval is Satan’s Quick Chick. A 4-year-old Sky Mesa filly out of the Devil’s Bag mare Dancing Devlette, Satan’s Quick Chick has been idle since finishing second in the Manatee on Jan. 30 at Tampa Bay Downs.

She has won four of 10 with earnings of $262,229. Rinterval, a 5-year-old daughter of Desert Prince out of the Indian Ridge mare Interpose, has captured three of 23 while banking $582,742.

Switch is the only participant – besides Zenyatta – with more than one win over Cushion Track.

A 3-year-old daughter of Quiet American out of the Nicholas mare Antoniette owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable and trained by John Sadler, Switch has earned two of her three victories here. The biggest was a 1 ¼ length upset of Blind Luck in the Hollywood Oaks on June 6. Switch is 3-for-8 with $252,600 in earnings.

Trainer Bob Baffert, who has two Lady’s Secret wins with Magical Allure (1998) and Tough Tiz’s Sis (2007), will shoot for another with Moon de French.

Owned by Zayat Stables LLC, the 5-year-old daughter of Malibu Moon and the French Deputy mare French Silk has won four of eight, banking $154,987. This will be her first try in a Grade 1. She was off the board in two previous graded stakes appearances.

Completing the field is Emmy Darling, who was claimed for $62,500 by trainer Doug O’Neill for Desperado Stable, Inc., the Vinery and STD Racing Stable on Aug. 19 at Del Mar.

A 4-year-old Graeme Hall filly and the Colonial Affair mare Dance Delight, Emmy Darling has won five of 20 while earning $273,239.

The field, from inside out, for the 18th Lady’s Secret Stakes: Switch, Alonso Quinonez rides, 120 pounds; Moon de French, Joe Talamo, 123; Rinterval, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Satans Quick Chick, Junior Alvarado, 123; Zenyatta, Mike Smith, 123; Emmy Darling, Patrick Valenzuela, 123.

In the Goodwood, Twirling Candy will try to become the third 3-year-old in the last four years – joining Tiago (2007) and Gitano Hernando (2009) – to win the race. It will be contested at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track.

Owned by breeder Jenny Craig’s Craig Family Trust and trained by Sadler, the Candy Ride colt out of the Chester House mare House of Danzing comes off two turf victories at Del Mar.

The most recent was a controversial score in the Del Mar Derby on Sept. 5. Twirling Candy had to survive a stewards’ inquiry after an incident where he ducked out sharply while on the lead during the backstretch run.

Before his pair of grass victories, Twirling Candy had won twice on the Hollywood Park main. He defeated maidens in his debut last Nov. 14, then made his first start as a 3-year-old with a stylish 7 ¾ length win in an optional claimer going 6 ½ furlongs on May 29. He has earned $294,900.

A little more than one month removed from his second consecutive triumph in the Pacific Classic at Del Mar, Richard’s Kid will make only his second start at Hollywood Park .
Owned by Zabeel Racing International Corporation and trained by Baffert, the 5-year-old Lemon Drop Kid horse and the Broad Brush mare Tough Broad was third in the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 10.

The Maryland bred has eight wins in 26 races and has banked $1,566,370. Baffert’s only Goodwood victory came with Silver Charm in 1998.

The field also includes Awesome Gem, the upset winner of this year’s Hollywood Gold Cup, Pacific Classic runner-up Crowded House, Crown of Thorns, second behind El Brujo in the Pat O’Brien on Aug. 28 at Del Mar, Informed and Dakota Phone.

A half-length winner over heavily favored Rail Trip in the Gold Cup, Awesome Gem has won seven of 37 and earned $2,274,682 for West Point Thoroughbreds and trainer Craig Dollase.

Although he has only won two of 15, Crowded House is nearly a millionaire, having earned $989,452. The 4-year-old Rainbow Quest colt and the Woodman mare Wiener Wald is owned by a partnership that includes Carmen Burrell and J. Paul Reddam and trained by Ben Cecil.

Crown of Thorns, who has been runner-up in three consecutive Grade 1’s around a single turn, is looking for his third win in his eighth starts. The 5-year-old Repent horse out of the Thunder Gulch mare Crowning Touch is owned by Spendthrift Farm LLC and trained by Richard Mandella.

In his only start beyond seven furlongs, Crown of Thorns won the 2008 Robert B. Lewis going 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Santa Anita.

Third or better in his last four starts for owners John Carver, Halo Farms and George Todaro, Dakota Phone has earned five of 30 and banked $703,810. Informed has six wins in 25 tries while earning $511,149. Three of his victories have come at Hollywood Park.

From inside out, the field for the 29th Goodwood: Informed, Joe Talamo rides, 124 pounds; Crown of Thorns, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Dakota Phone, Patrick Valenzuela, 124; Crowded House, Corey Nakatani, 124; Twirling Candy, Mike Smith, 120; Awesome Gem, David Flores, 124 and Richard’s Kid, Alonso Quinonez, 124.

Turning Top, who won the Redondo Beach and Beverly Hills Handicap over the local turf course during the spring-summer meet, is one of nine fillies and mares scheduled to run in the grassy Yellow Ribbon.

Owned by Michael Tabor and trained by Simon Callaghan, the 4-year-old Irish bred daughter of Pivotal and the Cadeaux Generaux mare Pietra Dura has won six of 16 and earned $176,943. She won the Beverly Hills in her only other try at 1 ¼ miles, the Yellow Ribbon distance.

Gypsy’s Warning, a South African bred owned by Team Valor International and Green Lantern Stables and trained by Graham Motion, will be making her first start in California.

Third in the Beverly D., a Grade I, on Aug. 21 at Arlington Park , the 5-year-old daughter of Mogok and the Royal Chalice mare Gypsy Queen has won six of 14 and banked $311,862.

No worse than third in 11 races since being claimed for $16,000 by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who co-owns the 5-year-old mare with Team Green, last Dec. 10 at Golden Gate, Lilly Fa Pootz will be making her Grade I debut.

She was second and third in pair of Grade II’s – the John C. Mabee and Palomar Handicap – at Del Mar. The daughter of Gilded Time and the Fit to Fight mare Dark Rhythm has eight wins in 29 tries – four of the wins have come since the claim – and has earned $252,492.

A 3-year-old Singspiel filly out of the Lion Cavern mare Lady Zonda, Hibaayeb will be making her first start in the United States for Godolphin and trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

Far back in the Yorkshire Oaks, a Group I on Aug. 19 at York captured by the brilliant Midday, Hibaayeb has won two of 10 and earned $369,871. She won a Group I as a 2-year-old, taking the Fillies Mile by three-quarters of a length on Sept. 26, 2009 at Ascot.

Restless Soul, Go Forth North, Princess Taylor, Princess Haya and Sweet and Flawless are also entered.

From inside out, the field for the 34th Yellow Ribbon: Lilly Fa Pootz, Joe Talamo rides, 123 pounds; Restless Soul, Patrick Valenzuela, 123; Gypsy’s Warning, Mike Smith, 123; Go Forth North, Omar Berrio, 120; Princess Taylor, Victor Espinoza, 123; Princess Haya, Corey Nakatani, 123; Sweet and Flawless, Junior Alvarado, 123; Turning Top, Brice Blanc, 123 and Hibaayeb, Rafael Bejarano, 120.

J.P’s Gusto, who has won four stakes in a row for owner Gem Stable and trainer David Hofmans, will make his first venture past seven furlongs in the Norfolk .

The 2-year-old Successful Appeal colt and the Caller I.D. mare Call Her Magic will have six opponents in the 1 1/16 mile race over Cushion Track.

After winning the Willard Proctor Memorial and Hollywood Juvenile Championship earlier in the year at Hollywood Park , J P’s Gusto took the Best Pal and Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar. He has won four of five and earned $337,360.

Three of his rivals are also coming off wins. Acaffella, a Mr. Greeley colt out of the Saint Ballado mare Special Ballad, earned his maiden victory by six lengths in the Angel Island Stakes on Sept. 11 at Golden Gate.He has a win and a second in two starts for Spendthrift Farm LLC and Mandella and has earned $40,750.

Boxeur des Rues won a maiden race worth $6,082 at first asking in England , then was privately purchased by O’Neill for Reddam. He’s a son of Smart Strike and the Caerleon mare Marseille Express.

A son of Cryptoclearance and the Forest Wildcat mare Javelina, Clearance Clarence defeated $32,000 maiden claimers in his second start on Sept. 2 at Del Mar. He’s earned $14,200 for owner John Petrig and trainer George Papaprodromou.

Lucky Mr. K, Riveting Reason and Del Mar Futurity runner-up Jaycito are also scheduled to compete.

From inside out, the field for the 41st Norfolk: J P’s Gusto, Patrick Valenzuela rides, 122 pounds; Clearance Clarence, Corey Nakatani, 122; Boxeur des Rues, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Lucky Mr. K, Joe Talamo, 122; Acaffella, Russell Baze, 122; Riveting Reason, Victor Espinoza, 122 and Jaycito, Mike Smith, 122.

The Goodwood, Lady’s Secret, Norfolk and Yellow Ribbon are Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’ Challenge Races. The winner of each earns a berth in the corresponding Breeders’ Cup race. The Breeders’ Cup will be held Nov. 5-6.

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