INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 9, 2011)—Majestic City, an impressive winner in his debut May 21, heads a field of six in the $70,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park.
An ungraded event for 2-year-olds at 5 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track, the Proctor is the first of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m.
Owned by Majestic Racing Stable LLC and trained by Peter Miller, Majestic City was hammered to even money when facing nine opponents, leading throughout to win by 1 ½ lengths under jockey David Flores. The chestnut is a son of City Zip and the Meadowlake mare It’schemistrybaby. The victory was worth $30,000.
Miller will be seeking his third win in the last five renewals of the Proctor, having won consecutively with Thoroughly (2007) and Backbackbackgone (2008).
Joyzey Billy was a debut winner for owner-breeder J. Paul Reddam and trainer Edward Freeman. The son of Momentum and the Rahy mare Ravinia defeated California breds by a nose when dispatched at 14-1 April 24.
Since the race, Joyzey Billy was purchased at the Barretts May sale by trainer Cliff Sise, Jr. for owners Bob Gunderson and Doris Johnson.
Sixth in the race won by Majestic City, Truco Latino is trained by Rafael DeLeon for breeder Richard J. O’Neill Trust. A son of Silver Train out of the Mazel Trick mare Dewey’s Trick, Truco Latino earned $400 when finishing seven lengths behind the winner in his initial outing.
All others entered in the Proctor are first time starters.
Cast a Doubt, a son of Wildcat Heir and the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Casting Pearls, debuts for owners Philip Lebherz, Richard Meister and Daniel Preiss and trainer Jeff Bonde. A $50,000 March purchase at a Florida sale, Cast a Doubt worked a half-mile from the gate in a best of the morning 46 3/5 May 26.
Anne’s Seven Cats is a Mambo Train filly out of the Petionville mare Culture Clash owned by Carin Johnson, Vince Lentini and trainer Jeff Metz while Swordsmanship is a son of First Samurai out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Lacy Gray trained by Adam Kitchingman for First Home Thoroughbreds and David Milch.
From inside out, the field for the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes: Swordsmanship, Tyler Baze rides, 115 pounds; Majestic City, David Flores, 120; Joyzey Billy, Victor Espinoza, 120; Anne’s Seven Cats, Kayla Stra, 112; Cast a Doubt, Joe Talamo, 115 and Truco Latino, Agapito Delgadillo, 115.
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