Karelian, winner of the Grade I Makers Mark Mile at Keeneland in his last start, will be shipped west for the $250,000 Grade I Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park on May 31, trainer Rusty Arnold confirmed Thursday from Kentucky.
“He will breeze here Sunday morning and we will put him on a plane Wednesday,” said Arnold, who has given Rafael Bejarano the call for the Shoemaker.
Karelian, an 8-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Bertrando, has won 10 of 21 starts and earned $738,675. He seeks to follow in the footsteps of Thorn Song, who shipped in from Kentucky to win the Shoemaker last year.
“This is probably his best year,” said Arnold. “He’s been plagued with physical problems his whole career but he got himself sound as an 8-year-old. He’s always had a lot of talent.”
Veterans have run well in the Shoemaker during the past decade. The Tin Man became the oldest to win at 9 in 2007. In addition, Redattore won at 8 in 2003, and Ladies Din and Designed for Luck won at 7 in 2002 and 2004, respectively.
Karelian, owned and bred by Green Lantern Stable, is unbeaten in two starts this year. He finished sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita last year.
Other probable starters include Inglewood Handicap winner Gallant Son (Mike Smith), Arcadia Handicap winner Compari (Joel Rosario), 2009 American Handicap winner Monterey Jazz (Tyler Baze), Riviera Cocktail (Alonso Quinonez), Blue Chagall and Mr Gruff.
Also nominated are Dewey’s Special, Enriched, Euroglide, Global Hunter, Golden Balls, Great Siege, Meteore, Noble Court, Oil Man, Tangled Tango and Victor’s Cry.
Compari, scratched from the Inglewood because of a bruised foot, worked six furlongs on turf under Rosario in a bullet 1:13 to the satisfaction of trainer Marty Jones Thursday.
“He’s been training good, relaxing real well,” said Jones of the 4-year-old gelding by 2003 winner Redattore seeking his seventh straight win. “It’s a tough race, but he tries hard.”
Trainer Paddy Gallagher and jockey Alex Solis, who combined to win the Gamely Stakes last year with Magical Fantasy, hope for a repeat with General Consensus in the $250,000 Grade I test for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf here May 29.
“I think a mile and an eighth will be a good distance for her,” said Gallagher Thursday after the 5-year-old mare worked seven furlongs in 1:26.80 on the lawn here.
General Consensus, in quest of her first added-money victory, has shown improvement during graded grass stakes at Santa Anita, finishing third behind Tuscan Evening in the Santa Ana Handicap and second by a length behind Tuscan Evening in their last starts in the Santa Barbara Handicap.
Tuscan Evening, named Horse of the Meet at Santa Anita after four straight graded stakes victories on turf, seeks her fifth straight triumph and first in a Grade 1 in the Gamely for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Rafael Bejarano.
Other probable starters include Cat by the Tale (Martin Garcia), Gotta Have Her (Tyler Baze), Medaglia d’Amour (Joel Rosario), Princess Haya (Joe Talamo) and Well Monied (Mike Smith).
Also nominated are Carribean Sunset, Éclair de Lune, Forever Together, Patti’s Regal Song, Rainbow View, Restless Soul, Sweet and Flawless, Third Dawn and Turning Top.
Florida import Dreamed to Dream worked six furlongs on turf in 1:14.40 under Brice Blanc Thursday for her California debut in the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap May 31. The Grade II test is for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on grass.
“I’ve had her about a month,” said trainer Brian Koriner. “She ran good back there (Gulfstream Park), had a little trouble in her last out, and it’s a good program here for 3-year-old fillies.”
Dreamed to Dream, a Florida-bred chestnut by Deputy Wild Cat, won two of four turf starts at Gulfstream and rallied to finish third in the Boynton Beach Stakes in her last start April 17 after hitting the gate at the start. She is owned by Aurora Springs Stable.
Senorita Stakes winner Cozi Rosie (Mike Smith) is expected to return in the Honeymoon, along with runners-up Andina (Joe Talamo) and City to City (Joel Rosario), respectively. Cozi Rosie worked five furlongs in 59.80 on the main track for the John Sadler stable Thursday.
Trainer Jim Cassidy is expected to make a decision with Evening Jewel after a turf work here Sunday. Winner of the Grade I Ashland Stakes and beaten by a nose in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks, the filly has never raced on grass.
Also nominated are Antares World, Bonnie Blue Flag, Camille C, Conniption, Crisp, Distorted Promise, Glass of Red, Harmonious, In the Slips, Morekissesforpatti, Riviera Chic and Triple Cream.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Martin Garcia, fresh off a victory in the Preakness Stakes last Saturday with Lookin at Lucky, hope for some good fortune with another 3-year-old in the $100,000 Grade III Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes here this Saturday.
“We’re going to swing the bat,” said Baffert from his Santa Anita headquarters Thursday of Concord Point, who leaves from post nine in a field of 10 under Garcia, and stablemate Macias, who drew post five with David Flores, in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds on Cushion Track.
“It’s a pretty tough race, but both horses are doing well,” said Baffert.
Concord Point, a gray/roan son of Tapit, makes his stakes debut after his second victory in three starts in a 6 ½-furlong allowance race at Santa Anita on April 14.
Macias seeks his first graded stakes win after winning three ungraded stakes.
FINISH LINES—-Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck worked a bullet six furlongs on Cushion Track in 1:11.80 for the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks on June 6…Salty Fries was supplemented to the lineup for the $60,000-added Fran’s Valentine Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares Sunday…L-Bo Stable owner Shawn Turner, ecstatic with former claimer Made For Magic’s upset victory in the Grade II Milady Handicap Sunday, said that stablemate Global Hunter is nearing a return for trainer A.C. Avila. “He popped a splint in the Oak Tree Mile and we gave him time,” explained Avila of the 7-year-old Argentine-bred horse, winner of the Grade I Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar last year. “We’re trying to defend in that one and are considering the Shoemaker for his first start back.”…The backstretch mourned the death of Snow Chief, the Eclipse Award-winning California-bred who died at age 27 of a heart attack Saturday, the anniversary date of his Preakness Stakes victory in 1986. Snow Chief, trained by Mel Stute, included the 1985 Hollywood Futurity among his many stakes victories and was honored with a stakes race in his name here on the California Gold Rush program.
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