INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 8, 2012)—Include Me Out, who is undefeated around two turns, is among 11 nominated to the $250,000 guaranteed Vanity Handicap.
A Grade I for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, the Vanity will be run for the 71st time Saturday, June 16.
Owned by Samatha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Ron Ellis, Include Me Out has rattled off three consecutive graded victories, including the Grade II Marjorie L. Everett Handicap May 19 in her first appearance of 2012 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Successful earlier in the year in the Grade II La Canada and Grade I Santa Margarita at Santa Anita, the 4-year-old Include filly out of the Mazel Trick mare Don’t Trick Her has won five of nine and earned $453,600.
The other nominees include the John Sadler-trained duo of Switch and Zazu.
Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, Switch, a 5-year-old Quiet American mare, was second as the 3-2 favorite in the 2011 Vanity. Switch finished a half-length behind eventual Horse of the Meet Blind Luck.
A double Grade I winner for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, Zazu finished 3 ½ lengths behind Include Me Out in the Everett, which was her first race in 7 ½ months.
Completing the nominees are Atlantic Swing, Caelis, Capital Plan, Bayakoa Handicap, Paseana and Santa Maria winner Ellafitz, Love Theway You are, Pachattack, who comes off a victory in the Grade III Doubledogdare April 20 at Keeneland for trainer H. Graham Motion, Rock and Glory and Zafeen’s Pearl.
The June 16 program will also include the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial for 2-year-olds and the $100,000 Cinderella for 2-year-old fillies. Both are at 5 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track.
Topping the 10 noms to the Proctor is Amarish, a gelded son of Scat Daddy who broke his maiden by 7 ¾ lengths in his debut May 26. Jeff Bonde trains for owner Jerry Durant.
Four of the 12 nominees to the Cinderella were bred in California by Terry Lovingier, including first out winners Akiss Forarose and Awe Golly Molly.
The feature attraction Sunday, June 17 is the $70,000-added Desert Stormer Handicap.
Among the 13 nominees to the six furlong affair over Cushion Track are three Grade I winners – Switch, Teddy’s Promise and Turbulent Descent.
Trained by Mike Puype for a partnership that includes Blinkers On Racing Stable and Bill Strauss, Turbulent Descent has been idle since finishing sixth as the 1-2 favorite in the Grade I La Brea last Dec. 31 at Santa Anita.
A winner of six of 10 with earnings of $858,350, the 4-year-old daughter of Congrats is perfect in three races – all as a 2-year-old – over Cushion Track. After knocking off maidens by three-quarters of a length in her career debut Oct. 3, 2010, Turbulent Descent returned to win the Moccasin Stakes Nov. 21 and the Grade I Hollywood Starlet Dec. 11.
Teddy’s Promise, who won the La Brea as a 16-1 outsider, is 4-for-6 over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track.
Owned by breeders Ted and Judy Nichols and trained by Ellis, Teddy’s Promise, a 4-year-old Salt Lake filly comes off a win in the Time To Leave Stakes May 6.
Switch, whose last three starts have come around one turn, has been 1-2 in all five of her races over Cushion Track.
Entries for the Vanity, Willard L. Proctor and Cinderella will be taken Wednesday, June 13. The entries for the Desert Stormer will be taken Thursday, June 14.
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