INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 8, 2013)—Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will aim for his fifth stakes win of the Spring/Summer meet when he sends out Scarlet Strike in the $100,000 Senorita Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade III for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf, the Senorita is part of a stakes doubleheader. The nine race program also includes the $70,000-added Came Home Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs over Cushion Track.
Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. Gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts. The Senorita goes as the sixth race while the Came Home is the third.
This will also be the second of nine Saturdays during the meet offering a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000.
If the Pick Six pool exceeds $200,000 on any of the remaining selected Saturdays – which also include May 25, June 1, June 15, June 22, June 29, July 6 and July 13 – there will be $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials offered at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.
Additionally, a single winning ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG)- will earn a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
Owned by a partnership that includes Hollendorfer, John Carver and Green Smith, Scarlet Strike will be aiming for a second consecutive Grade III win. She wrapped up her Santa Anita meet with a half-length victory as the 2-1 favorite in the Providencia Stakes April 6.
The win was the second in 10 starts for the Smart Strike filly out of the French Deputy mare Scarlet Tango and pushed her earnings to $332,340.
Hollendorfer, who is looking for his first Senorita victory, won four stakes in the first four days of the Spring/Summer season. He won the B. Thoughtful with Curvy Cat, Melair (Doinghardtimeagain) and Tiznow (Kate’s Event) April 27 and returned the next day to win the Grade III Wilshire Handicap with Halo Dolly.
An English bred daughter of Kheleyf, Charlie Em will make her United States debut in the Senorita for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trainer Paddy Gallagher, who won this race in 2007 with Valbenny.
Out of the Pivotal mare Miss Meggy, Charlie Em won three of eight and banked $15,678 while competing in her native country and Germany. She has been idle since finishing third in a $25,700 stakes at Hannover in Germany last Nov. 4.
Need You Now stretches out in her second in the U.S. for owners Anthony Fanticola and Joe Scardino and trainer Mike Mitchell after finishing fifth of six in the Runway Stakes April 13 at Santa Anita.
An Irish bred daughter of Kheleyf and the Shernazar mare Sniffle, Need You Now has won two of five and earned $25,684.
Kyriaki will try to improve on a sixth place effort in the Providencia for owner Domenic Savides and trainer Peter Eurton. The Scat Daddy filly out of the Dixieland Band mare Tally Ho Dixie has one win in three races and a bankroll of $40,570.
Disko Dasko will make her first attempt beyond 6 ½ furlongs for owner Deron Pearson and trainer Jim Cassidy. The French bred daughter of Country Reel and the Nashamaa mare Rosalita has won two of six and earned $78,943. She was a 9-1 winner in her U.S. debut March 15 at Santa Anita before finishing fourth in the Runway Stakes.
Pearson and Cassidy will also be represented by Lilbourne Eliza, an Irish bred daughter of Elusive City. Out of the Marju mare Midnight Partner, Lilbourne Eliza has one win in five races and a bankroll of $24,453. She lost by a nose to Becky Lou in an optional claimer April 18 at Santa Anita in her first start in the country.
Trainer John Sadler, a two-time winner of the Senorita – Paula Revere (1991) and Cozi Rosie (2010) – is scheduled to start Sweet Red Cat.
Third in the Providencia, the Bluegrass Cat filly out of the Lord Avie mare Sweet Soul has won twice in six starts and earned $80,150. She is owned by Batchelor Family Trust and Judi Partridge.
Showgirl Form returns to Southern California for owner-breeder Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stables LLC and trainer Tim Yakteen after defeating maidens April 27 at Golden Gate Fields.
The 2 ¼ length win for the Dynaformer filly out of the Theatrical mare Dominique’s Show was her first in three starts. She’s earned $27,650.
From inside out, the field for the Senorita Stakes: Lilbourne Eliza, David Flores rides, 115 pounds; Kyriaki, Mike Smith, 117; Showgirl Form, Tyler Baze, 117; Disko Dasko, Edwin Maldonado, 115; Sweet Red Cat, Victor Espinoza, 117; Need You Now, Julien Leparoux, 115; Charlie Em, Garrett Gomez, 115 and Scarlet Strike, Rafael Bejarano, 121.
Scherer Magic, who won the Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship in 2012, will make his first start as a 3-year-old in the Came Home.
Trained by John Sadler for owners Cecil and Gary Barber, the Doneraile Court gelding out of the Touch Gold mare She’s a Nasty One has been away since finishing ninth of 10 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview last Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.
An Iowa bred who has won two of six and earned $148,400, Scherer Magic is 2-for-2 over Cushion Track. Prior to this 2 ½ length win in the Juvenile last July 14, the dark bay had broken into the game one month earlier with a 7 ¼ length victory against $50,000 claimers. He was claimed out of that win by his current connections from owner Joseph Robson and trainer Craig Dollase.
Treasury Bill shortens up in his return to California for owners Gary and Mary West and trainer Ron Ellis.
A son of Lemon Drop Kid and the Menifee mare Wow Me Free, Treasury Bill finished eighth of 11 in the Grade II Rebel Stakes March 16 at Oaklawn Park. A winner once in four starts, the Kentucky bred has earned $71,000.
Prior to his off-the-board finish in Arkansas, Treasury Bill had finished second to Shakin It Up in the Grade II San Vicente – at the Came Home distance – Feb. 17 at Santa Anita.
Let Em Shine comes off consecutive easy wins for owner William Peeples and trainer Adam Kitchingman. The Songandaprayer colt out of the Johannesburg mare Justaspell defeated maidens by 7 ½ lengths Jan. 19 at Santa Anita before defeating four rivals by 4 ¼ lengths in an optional claimer March 10.
In his only start as a 2-year-old, Let Em Shine finished third after setting the pace against maidens last Dec. 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park. The Kentucky bred has earned $73,800.
Belvin, who was last seen trailing in the San Vicente, will make his second local start for owner-breeder Don Dizney and Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
A son of Empire Maker and the Storm Bird mare Midway Squall, Belvin has won once in three starts and earned $42,850. He finished second behind Distinctiv Passion in his career debut over Cushion Track last Nov. 25.
Broadway Empire enters off a blowout maiden victory in his debut March 18 at Turf Paradise.
The gelded son of Empire Maker and the Belong to Me mare Broadway Hoofer won by 16 ½ lengths as the 1-2 favorite against six opponents. Robertino Diodoro trains Broadway Empire, who earned $6,684 for the victory, for owners Bob Butz, Randy Howg and Rick Running Rabbit.
From inside out, the field for the Came Home Stakes: Let Em Shine, Edwin Maldonado rides, 117 pounds; Belvin, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Treasury Bill, Joe Talamo, 115; Scherer Magic, Garrett Gomez, 121 and Broadway Empire, Victor Espinoza, 115.
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