INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 13, 2012)—Include Me Out will try for her fourth consecutive graded stakes win when she faces seven others in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade I for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, the Vanity is the most significant of three stakes on the program. It will be preceded by a pair of 5 ½ furlong races for 2-year-olds – the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes and the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes, which is restricted to fillies.
Post time Saturday is 1 p.m. The Vanity is the ninth of 10 races. The Proctor goes as the third and the Cinderella is the seventh.
Owned by Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Ron Ellis, Include Me Out is undefeated since stretching out earlier this year. The 4-year-old daughter of Include and the Mazel Trick mare Don’t Trick Me won the Grade II La Canada Jan. 22, the Grade I Santa Margarita March 17, then captured the Grade II Marjorie L. Everett Handicap when switched to Cushion Track May 19. Two of the victories were at 1 1/16 miles while the Santa Margarita was at the Vanity distance.
Bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones, Include Me Out has won five of nine and earned $453,600. A win Saturday would be the second in the Vanity for Ellis, who won with Twice The Vice for owners Pam and Marty Wygod in 1997.
Zazu will try to provide owners Jerry and Ann Moss with their fourth Vanity win in the last five years. John Sadler, who won the 2004 Vanity with Victory Encounter, the trains the 4-year-old Tapit filly for the Mosses, who saw Zenyatta dominate Betfair Hollywood Park’s biggest race for older females in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line, Zazu has won four of 12 and earned $691,985. The 2011 Hollywood Oaks winner, the gray was fourth in Everett, her first start in more than seven months.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has a Spring/Summer meet high eight stakes wins, will be seeking his first Vanity victory when he saddles Ellafitz.
Second after setting the pace in the Everett, Ellafitz has won six of 16 and earned $445,957. Owned by Don and Ella Sivage’s D &E Racing, the 4-year-old Tiznow filly out of the Dixieland Band mare Skat Girl has lost two in a row after winning three stakes in succession.
The win streak began in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap last Dec. 4, then continued at Santa Anita with gate-to-wire victories in the Paseana Handicap (Jan. 15) and the Santa Maria Stakes (Feb. 18).
Third in the Everett, Caelis will be making her first appearance in a Grade I. Owned by Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable and trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old English bred daughter of Avonbridge and the Lyphard mare Shona is 4-for-18 with earnings of $104,858.
Caelis has one win in six starts in the United States, taking a $54,700 allowance race April 26 over Cushion Track.
Second behind Include Me Out in the Santa Margarita, Love Theway Youare unseated jockey Alonso Quinonez at the start of the Everett. Owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, the 4-year-old Arch filly out of the Tabasco Cat mare Diversa has won two of 18 and banked $212,990.
Bred in Kentucky by Christopher Dragone, Love Theway Youare has lost 11 in a row since an optional claiming victory April 22, 2011 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Atlantic Swing will make her U.S. debut for trainer Ben Cecil and owner J. Paul Reddam.
A 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly out of the Seeking the Gold mare Turning Wheel, Atlantic Swing won once in five starts in Ireland and earned $18,037. She has been away since finishing third in a listed stakes at Dundalk last Nov. 4.
Rock and Glory makes her initial start in a graded event after consecutive blowout wins for owner-breeder Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stables LLC and trainer Tim Yakteen. Like Include Me Out, Rock and Glory is perfect around two turns. The two victories – including a $54,000 allowance score May 10 in her Betfair Hollywood Park debut – were by a combined 19 ½ lengths.
The 4-year-old Rock Hard Ten filly and the Southern Halo mare Brooke’s Halo is 2-for-4 with a bankroll of $73,840.
Yakteen also entered Zafeen’s Pearl, who will be making her first start in this country for owner Ed Tannenbaum.
The 5-year-old English bred daughter of Zafeen and the Dr Fong mare Deep Sea Pearl has won four of 17 and earned $17,870. All of her wins have come over synthetic surfaces.
From inside out, the field for the Vanity Handicap: Rock and Glory, Martin Garcia rides, 114 pounds; Include Me Out, Joe Talamo, 122; Atlantic Swing, Mario Gutierrez, 113; Love Theway Youare, Garrett Gomez, 114; Zafeen’s Pearl, Chantal Sutherland, 114; Caelis, Kevin Krigger, 114 and Ellafitz, Rafael Bejarano, 120.
Amarish is the one to defeat in the Proctor after a powerful debut win.
Owned by Jerry Durant and trained by Jeff Bonde, the Scat Daddy gelding out of the Awesome Again mare Issues won by 7 ¾ lengths as the 13-10 favorite May 26. The win was worth $31,200.
Undrafted, Just Call Me All, K Court and Lovmeister were also first out winners.
Trained by Wesley Ward for King 9 Stable LLC, Undrafted, a gelded son of Purim and the French Deputy mare French Jeannette, wired 11 opponents April 26 over the Polytrack at Keeneland. The three length victory earned $30,000 for the chestnut, who was purchased for $30,000 as a yearling.
A ridgling by Redattore and the Allen’s Prospect mare Alacrity, Just Call Me Al won by 1 ¾ lengths at 10-1 May 6. The win was worth $40,560 for owner-breeder and trainer Mike Harrington. A victory Saturday in the Proctor would be the third for Harrington. His earlier wins came with Alpenfest (2003) and Wild Uncle Kurt (2005).
Lovmeister, a Nineeleven colt out of the West by West mare Walk West, knocked off California breds April 29. He earned $31,200 for a partnership that includes Patsy London, John Winters and Templeton Horses LLC and trainer Walther Solis.
Owned by breeder Budget Stable and trained by Janet Armstrong, K Court won going a quarter of a mile April 19 at Santa Anita. The son of Doneraile Court out of the Smokester mare Olivia K banked $21,000 for the victory by a head.
Moreno’s Mine was third behind Amarish in his initiation for GEM Racing Stable and trainer Eric Guillot. The Mineshaft colt out of the Langfuhr mare Fi earned $6,240.
Run to Ground earned $3,120 for a fourth place finish in his debut April 29. The Reddatore colt out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Serena’s Echo was defeated one length by Lovmeister after having a clear lead with an eighth of a mile to run. He’s owned by Raymond Taylor and trainer Rafael DeLeon.
The son of Forestry and the Pleasant Colony mare Belvedere Miss is trained by Sadler for owners Gary and Cecil Barber.
From inside out, the field for the Willard L. Proctor Memorial: Lovmeister, Jose Valdivia, Jr. rides, 120 pounds; Forest Boy, Joe Talamo, 115; K Court, Eswan Flores, 115; Run to Ground, Martin Garcia, 115; Moreno’s Mine, Agapito Delgadillo, 115; Amarish, Edwin Maldonado, 120; Just Call Me Al, Rafael Bejarano, 120 and Undrafted, Julio Garcia, 120.
Bonde will be represented by Unusual Way in the Cinderella.
Like Amarish, the Unusual Heat filly out of the Great Above mare Way Up was a first out winner, prevailing by 2 ¼ lengths May 5.
Owned by Edward J. Brown, Jr. and Phil Lebherz, Unusual Way earned $40,560.
Solis will send out a pair sired by Awesome Gambler – debut winner Awe Golly Molly and two race maiden Awesome Annie.
Owned by a partnership that includes London, Winters and Templeton Horses LLC, Awe Golly Molly won by three-quarters of a length April 26. Out of the All Gone mare Molly’s Gone, Awe Golly Molly earned $31,200.
Awesome Annie was runner-up in her races 15 days apart in May for the same partnership that owns Awe Golly Molly. Out of the Mane Minister mare Cars and Cigars, she has banked $27,040.
Another daughter of Awesome Gambler – Awe’ Some Kitten – will aim for her second win in a row for trainer Gary Sherlock. She wired eight foes as the 19-10 favorite May 17 for a partnership that includes Neil Haymes, Templeton Horses LLC and breeder Terry Lovingier. Awe’ Some Kitten, who is out of the Sir Cat mare Run Kitty Run, has earned $37,440.
Harrington bred, owns and trains Tilde, who won by a half-length at 8-1 in her debut May 20. The daughter of Swiss Yodeler and the Cee’s Tizzy mare self Taught earned $40,560.
Set’n On Ready arrives from Arizona off a 12 length win against maidens May 4. Molly Pearson trains the More Than Ready filly out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Laughingly forowner Tom Ramsey. She earned $8,703 in two starts at Turf Paradise.
Gloryandprayer scored at nearly 11-1 against $40,000 maidens in her initiation for owner-breeders James and Sylvia Didion and trainer Steve Knapp. The victory by the daughter of Songandaprayer and the Honour and Glory mare First Glory was worth $16,200.
Miss Empire was fourth in her bow May 5 for the Barbers and Kevin Tsujihara and trainer Peter Miller. The Empire Maker filly out of the Rajab mare Miss Excitement –making her a half-sister to stakes winning sprinter Bordonaro – earned $3,120 for the effort.
Ward, who won the 2003 Cinderella with Yogi’s Polar Bear, will send out Emotional Kitten. Owned by breeder Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Emotional Kitten was second in her debut May 11 at Arlington. She’s by a daughter of Kitten’s Joy and the Ghazi mare Silent Emotion. The runner-up performance was worth $8,000.
From inside out, the field for the Cinderella Stakes: Awesome Annie, Martin Pedroza rides, 115 pounds; Awe’ Some Kitten, Joe Talamo, 120; Emotional Kitten, Julio Garcia, 120; Miss Empire, Kevin Krigger, 115; Tilde, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Set’n On Ready, David Flores, 120; Awe Golly Molly, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 120; Gloryandaprayer, Victor Espinoza, 117 and Unusual Way, Edwin Maldonado, 120.
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