INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 20, 2010)—Harmonious, who became a Grade I winner in only her fourth career start when winning the American Oaks on July 3 at Hollywood Park, will try for another prestigious victory in the $300,000 Del Mar Oaks Saturday at Del Mar.
Owned by Emily, Pam and Marty Wygod and trained by John Shirreffs, Harmonious can become the first American Oaks winner to also win the Del Mar Oaks, a Grade I at 1 1/8 miles on the turf. Dublino did take the Del Mar Oaks after being disqualified out of a victory in the inaugural American Oaks in 2002.
Undefeated in three starts on grass, Harmonious, a 3-year-old daughter of Dynaformer, will be reunited with jockey Mike Smith, who was aboard for her first two turf victories at Hollywood Park.
The filly Harmonious should fear most is Evening Jewel. A talented California bred daughter of Northern Afleet, she is owned by the Braly Family Trust and trained by Jim Cassidy. A victory would be her fourth graded stakes win of 2010.
Like Harmonious, Evening Jewel has yet to lose on turf. She followed up her successful grass debut in the Honeymoon Handicap on May 31 at Hollywood Park with a victory in the San Clemente Handicap on July 25 at Del Mar. Victor Espinoza has the mount.
Seven others are scheduled to run. Here is the field for the Del Mar Oaks, from the inside out: Berg Bahn, Alex Solis rides, 122 pounds; Antares World, Frank Alvarado, 122; Perfect Shirl, Chantal Sutherland, 122; Evening Jewel, Victor Espinoza, 122; Distinctive, Brice Blanc, 122; Harmonious, Mike Smith, 122; It Tiz, David Flores, 122; Weekend Magic, Alonso Quinonez, 122 and Crisp, Rafael Bejarano, 122.
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