INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 24, 2013)—Lady of Shamrock, who earned the first Grade I victory of her career in the 2012 American Oaks, will try to add another to her resume in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes Monday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A 1 1/8 mile turf race for older fillies and mares, the Gamely, the first Grade I offered at the 2013 Spring/Summer meet, is part of a Memorial Day stakes doubleheader. The 10-race card also features the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap, a Grade III for older horses at six furlongs over Cushion Track.
The 47th renewal of the Gamely goes as the ninth race while the 61st Los Angeles is the fourth.
General admission is free for veterans and active duty personnel with military identification for the special holiday program. Post time Monday is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing LLC, Lady of Shamrock won the American Oaks with a rail-skimming rally last July 14, then returned five weeks later to take the Grade I Del Mar Oaks.
Sidelined after finishing fifth in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf last Nov. 2 at Santa Anita, Lady of Shamrock has run twice as a 4-year-old. She was runner-up behind Tiz Flirtatious in the Grade II Santa Ana March 24, then won the Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap – due to the disqualification of Viva Carina – April 20.
A daughter of Scat Daddy and the Blushing John mare Blushing Issue, Lady of Shamrock has won seven of 13 and earned $825,400.
Sadler, who is seeking his first Gamely victory, will also send out longshot Miss Ellany.
An Irish-bred daughter of Kodiac and the Rainbow Quest mare Rainbowskia, the 4-year-old has won two of 11 and banked $17,435. She’s finished in front of only a single horse in two starts in the United States for Hronis Racing, LLC.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, who has won the Gamely three times – most recently with Donna Viola in 1997 – will scale the comebacking Marketing Mix for trainer Tom Proctor.
Owned by breeder Glen Hill Farm, the 5-year-old Medaglia d’Oro mare has been away since finishing second to Zagora in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
Worse than second only once in seven starts in 2012, the Canadian-bred is a multiple graded stakes winner and has banked $1,659,518. Out of the Kris S. mare Instant Thought, Marketing Mix has won half of her 16 races.
The California-bred Tiz Flirtatious will be seeking her third consecutive win for owner-breeder Pamela C. Ziebarth and trainer Marty Jones.
Prior to her victory in the Santa Ana, the 5-year-old daughter of Tizbud and the Victory Gallop mare Masquerade Belle had defeated fellow state breds in the Valentine Dancer Jan. 26.
Never worse than second in five starts on grass, Tiz Flirtatious has won six of nine and banked $424,800.
Another California bred – Halo Dolly – will be aiming for her second stakes win of the meet, having captured the Grade III Wilshire Handicap April 28.
Owned by a partnership that includes George Todaro and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2010 Gamely with Tuscan Evening, the 5-year-old daughter of Popular and the Comic Strip mare Spanish Halo has won 15 of 29 and earned $752,786.
In her only previous appearance in a Grade I, Halo Dolly finished last of eight in the Flower Bowl Invitational last Sept. 29 over a yielding turf at Belmont Park.
My Gi Gi, who upset Lady of Shamrock in last year’s Grade II Honeymoon Handicap, will make her first start of 2013 for owners Dennis Conner, Lloyd DeBruycker and Wade Jacobsen and trainer Peter Eurton.
The 4-year-old E Dubai filly out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Relish the Thought, who has won two of 10 and earned $250,540, has been sidelined since finishing fifth in the Grade I Rodeo Drive – won by Marketing Mix – last Sept. 29 at Santa Anita.
Private Affair returns to Southern California after finishing fifth of 11 in the ungraded Golden Poppy Stakes April 7 at Golden Gate Fields.
Owned by Green Grass Stable and trained by Angel Rodriguez, the 6-year-old Peruvian-bred daughter of Privately Held and the Apprentice mare Adorada has won four of 14 and earned $211,753. She won a Group III in her native country in 2011.
From inside out, the field for the Gamely Stakes: Miss Ellany, Martin Pedroza rides, 117 pounds; Tiz Flirtatious, Julien Leparoux, 119; Private Affair, Omar Figueroa, 117; My Gi Gi, Edwin Maldonado, 119; Halo Dolly, Garrett Gomez, 123; Lady of Shamrock, Rafael Bejarano, 123 and Marketing Mix, Gary Stevens, 123.
In the Los Angeles Handicap, Comma to the Top will seek his third win of the year and fifth stakes victory at Betfair Hollywood Park against six opponents.
Trained by Peter Miller for owners Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara, Comma to the Top enters off a win as the 2-1 favorite in the Cool Frenchy Stakes.
A 5-year-old gelded son of Bwana Charlie and the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm, Comma to the Top has won 13 of 30 and earned $1,233,406. Besides the Cool Frenchy, his local stakes wins include the Real Quiet, Grade III Generous – on turf – and the Grade I CashCall Futurity. He collected those wins in a span of six weeks during the 2010 Autumn meet.
Camp Victory will be making his third consecutive start in the Los Angeles for owners Roger Featherston, Gordon Jacobsen, Tom Miller and Lux Frost. The Forest Camp gelding out of the Clever Trick mare Victory Trick won the race in 2011 due to the disqualification of Amazombie, then was third behind Roman Threat and Centralinteligence a year ago.
The Virginia-bred 6-year-old has won eight of 27 and earned $550,986. Three of those wins – including the Grade I Triple Bend Handicap last June 30 – have come in 14 starts since he was claimed by his current connections for $40,000 Feb. 13, 2011.
Fourth in the Cool Frenchy in his return after more than 10 months on the sidelines, Centralinteligence will be aiming for his fourth win for a partnership that includes Amerman Racing LLC, Bongo Racing Stable LLC and Gary Finder. Trained by Ron Ellis, who won the 1990 Los Angeles Handicap with Timeless Answer, the 5-year-old Smarty Jones gelding out of the Seattle Slew mare Shootforthestars has started 10 times and banked $138,921.
Ellis is also scheduled to start the comebacking Majestic City, who hasn’t won since taking the Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship July 17, 2011.
The 4-year-old City Zip colt out of the Meadowlake mare It’schemistrybaby began his career with three consecutive victories – all at Hollywood Park – but finished his 2-year-old campaign with four losses in a row and was 0-for-3 as a 3-year-old while trained by Miller.
Owned by Jeffrey Bloom, Majestic City is 3-for-10 with earnings of $260,850. He hasn’t run since finishing sixth in the second division of the Oceanside Stakes last July 18 at Del Mar.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try for his second L.A. Handicap win in a row when he sends out the duo of Apriority and Fast Bullet.
Owned by breeder Don Dizney, Apriority has lost eight in a row since winning the Grade III Mr. Prospector Stakes Dec. 31, 2011 at Gulfstream Park.
The 6-year-old Grand Slam horse out of the Storm Bird mare Midway Squall has won five of 25 and earned $471,683. He hasn’t competed at Hollywood Park since finishing third in a maiden race July 10, 2010.
Fast Bullet has won his two races over Cushion Track by a combined 11 lengths for Zayat Stables, LLC. The 5-year-old son of Speightstown and the Dayjur mare Renfro Valley has won three of four and banked $87,000, but has been idle since winning an optional claimer locally by 7 ¼ lengths last Dec. 6.
Tiz Tee Time shortens up for trainer Cody Autrey after winning an optional claimer at one mile April 13 at Oaklawn Park.
Owned by Jerry Passmore, the 4-year-old Tiznow gelding out of the Golden Gear mare Miss Elsie has won five of 15 and earned $137,616.
From inside out, the field for the Los Angeles Handicap: Majestic City, David Flores rides, 114 pounds; Fast Bullet, Martin Garcia, 116; Comma to the Top, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Tiz Tee Time, Gary Stevens, 113; Camp Victory, Joe Talamo, 118; Centralinteligence, Victor Espinoza, 115 and Apriority, Rafael Bejarano, 117.
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