INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 25, 2013)—Halo Dolly, who won the Fran’s Valentine Stakes in 2012 in her only previous appearance over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course, will try for the 15th victory of her career in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap Sunday.
A Grade III for older fillies and mares at one mile, the Wilshire is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m.
A California bred daughter of Popular and the Comic Strip mare Spanish Halo owned by a partnership that includes Robin O’Farrell, George Todaro and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 5-year-old has earned $692,786.
Halo Dolly wired four opponents in the Fran’s Valentine, which is run at the same distance as the Wilshire. The dark bay will be seeking her first win of 2013. Most recently, Halo Dolly was third as the 11-10 favorite in the Golden Poppy Stakes April 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
Hollendorfer is also scheduled to start Esentepe. An Irish bred filly by Oratorio and the Octagonal mare Mythie, the 4-year-old has won two of 18 and earned $109,784. She has been third and second – beaten by a nose March 29 – in two races in the United States for owner William Deburgh.
Purim’s Dancer, who has won four of five over turf, will make her first start beyond 6 ½ furlongs for trainer Tom Proctor and a partnership that includes Doug Donnelly, Corey Johnson, Lenny Kohn and Gene McLean.
A 4-year-old Purim filly out of the City Zip mare Zip City Dancer, Purim’s Dancer returns 15 days after finishing third behind Mizdirection and Schiaparelli in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at Santa Anita.
The Wilshire will mark her first race over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass.
Trainer John Sadler will send out a pair – Byrony and Moone’s My Name – for owners Batchelor Family Trust and Judi Partridge in search of his first Wilshire victory.
Byrony has earned both of her wins in the U.S. over the local turf. The Irish bred won consecutive allowance events in her first two starts in this country during the 2012 Spring/Summer meet.
Since those victories, the 5-year-old daughter of Byron and the College Chapel mare Saphire has lost eight in a row, but has hit the board in five of those defeats. She’s earned $161,540 while winning seven of 28.
A gray daughter of Intikhab and the Petardia mare The Manx Touch, Moone’s My Name was beaten by a neck by stablemate I Dazzle in the American Beauty Stakes April 7 at Santa Anita in her initial race in the U.S.
An English bred, the 5-year-old has won six of 18 and banked $100,933. Her last win came at the Wilshire distance in a minor stakes at Newmarket last Oct. 6.
Trainer Simon Callaghan, who won the 2011 Wilshire with Dubawi Heights, will send out Nobilis for owner Michael Tabor.
An English bred daughter of Rock of Gibraltar and the Dolphin Street mare Dolydile, the 4-year-old finished second behind The Only Key in an optional claimer April 5 at Santa Anita in her U.S. debut.
Runner-up in a Group III at Deauville in France last Aug. 12, Nobilis has won once in nine starts and earned $82,564.
Long Face cuts back an eighth of a mile after finishing fourth in the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes March 24 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Patrick Biancone for owner Robert Trussell, the 4-year-old Whywhywhy filly out of the Seeking the Gold mare Louve Mysterieuse has three wins in 11 outings and a bankroll of $136,090.
Little Emily comes off a last place finish in the American Beauty in her first race of 2013 for owner Penley Leonard and trainer Robert Leonard. The 5-year-old daughter of Castledale and the Dom Alaric mare Emily’s Charm has won four of 13 and earned $114,650.
From inside out, the field for the 52nd Wilshire Handicap: Purim’s Dancer, Tyler Baze rides, 116 pounds; Nobilis, Victor Espinoza, 114; Long Face, Julien Leparoux, 114; Moone’s My Name, Joe Talamo, 117; Esentepe, Corey Nakatani, 114; Byrony, David Flores, 115; Little Emily, Edwin Maldonado, 114 and Halo Dolly, Rafael Bejarano, 120.
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