INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 27, 2011)—Successful in consecutive Grade II races at Santa Anita, Malibu Pier returns to the scene of her maiden victory in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes Monday at Hollywood Park.
The first Grade I of the Spring/Summer meet, the Gamely, which is run at 1 1/8 miles on turf, is one of two stakes on the Memorial Day program. The other is the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap, a Grade III at six furlongs over Cushion Track.
The Los Angeles is the eighth of 10 races while the Gamely is the ninth. Post time is 1 p.m. General admission is free for veterans and active duty personnel – with military identification. There is also a grab bag giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last.
Owned by breeder B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm LLC and trained by Carla Gaines, Malibu Pier followed her victory in the Santa Ana March 19 with another in the Santa Barbara Handicap April 16.
A half-length winner in her career debut on the Hollywood Park grass, Malibu Pier, a 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly out of the Lomitas mare Blue Moon has won five of nine and earned $342,200.
Brice Blanc, who rode Malibu Pier for the first time in the Santa Barbara, is back aboard. He is seeking his second Gamely victory, having won with Happyanunoit for the late trainer Bobby Frankel in 2001.
The beaten favorite in the Santa Barbara, Cozi Rosie is back on the course where she earned her first stakes win. Owned by breeders Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Sadler, the 4-year-old Pleasantly Perfect filly out of the Golden Fleece mare Felidia has four wins in 10 attempts and a bankroll of $277,280. She won the 2010 Senorita in her initial start on the Hollywood Park turf, then was second, beaten by a head, 29 days later in the Honeymoon Handicap won by Evening Jewel.
Eclair de Lune, who has a Grade I win on her resume, will try to improve upon a pair of fifth place finishes in her first two outings of 2011. Most recently, she split the field in the Jenny Wiley April 16 over a yielding turf at Keeneland.
Owned by Richard Duchossois and trained by Ron McAnally, whose lone Gamely win came with Mea Domina in 2005, Éclair de Lune scored her biggest success in the Beverly D. last Aug. 21 at Arlington Park.
A 5-year-old German bred daughter of Marchand de Sable and the Acatenango mare Elegante, Éclair de Lune has won three of 14 and earned $561,592.
Trainer Simon Callaghan will be represented by Dubawi Heights and Turning Top, both stakes winners over the Hollywood Park turf.
Owned by a partnership that includes Neville Callaghan, the trainer’s father, Clodagh McStay, M.V. Magnier and Annabel Wyatt, Dubawi Heights has won two in a row, becoming a Grade III winner when taking the Wilshire Handicap April 30.
An English bred daughter of Dubawi and the Suave Dancer mare Rosie’s Posy, the 4-year-old has earned $505,196 while winning three of 11.
Turning Top, who captured both the Redondo Beach Stakes and Beverly Hills Handicap in 2010, will be seeking to end a six race losing streak in the Gamely.
Owned by Michael Tabor, the 5-year-old Pivotal mare out of the Cadeaux Generaux mare Pietra Dura is 6-for-21 with earnings of $283,943. In three starts this year, the best she has done was a second in the Santa Ana when the 19-10 favorite.
Madera Castana will make her second start in this country after finishing second in an optional claimer May 8. Owned by Green Grass Stable and trained by Ruben Cardenas, the 4-year-old Indy Dancer filly out of the Dancing Groom mare Madera Fragante has won two of 12 and earned $75,678. She won a Group I in her native Chile last Nov. 6.
Idle since a gate-to-wire win in an optional claimer last Dec. 30 at Santa Anita, Celtic Princess is another who owns a Group I win in South America. The 7-year-old Brazilian bred daughter of Public Purse and the Formal Dinner mare Exotic Dinner captured the Brazilian Derby at Ciudad Jardim Nov. 10, 2007. Owned by Jessica Coudelaria and trained by A C Avila, Celtic Princess has won five of 13, earning $190,624.
Trainer Neil Drysdale will aim for a fourth Gamely victory when he sends out Restless Soul. Owned by Matthew Cioros, the 7-year-old daughter of Singspiel and the Prince Rupert mare Seasonal Splendor has won three of 30 and banked $224,911. Drysdale has won this race previously with Hail Hilarious (1977), Hollywood Wildcat (1994) and Fiji (1998).
From inside out, the field for the Gamely Stakes: Éclair de Lune, Chantal Sutherland rides, 123 pounds; Cozi Rosie, Mike Smith, 119; Turning Top, Garrett Gomez, 117; Dubawi Heights, Joel Rosario, 117; Madera Castana, Patrick Valenzuela, 117; Restless Soul, Joe Talamo, 117; Malibu Pier, Brice Blanc, 119 and Celtic Princess, Rafael Bejarano, 117.
In the Los Angeles Handicap, Cost of Freedom will seek to become only the second two time winner in the long history of the event when the sprint is renewed for the 59th time.
A winner as the 11-10 favorite against six opponents in 2010, Cost of Freedom would join Native Diver (1965 and 1967) as a repeater in the Los Angeles.
Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and trained by John Sadler, who has won the race a record five times, the 8-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding has 11 wins in 23 starts and earnings of $898,693. Seven of those wins and most of his bankroll have come since he was claimed for $50,000 by his current connections July 28, 2008 at Del Mar.
One of Cost of Freedom’s half dozen rivals Monday is M One Rifle, who defeated him by a half-length in the Cool Frenchy Stakes at five furlongs May 7.
Owned by a partnership that includes breeders Ed Bernstein, Bryan Greenspun and trainer Bruce Headley, the 5-year-old One Man Army gelding and the Bertrando mare Leanessa has won five of 13, earning $471,002. M One Rifle established a Cushion Track record in the Cool Frenchy, completing the distance in 55.98. Headley has won the Los Angeles three times, most recently with Street Boss in 2008.
Fresh off a victory versus California breds in the Tiznow April 23, Amazombie will try for his fourth win in five 2011 starts for Tom Sanford, who co-owns the gelding with trainer Bill Spawr.
A son of Northern Afleet and the In Excess mare Wilshe Amaze, Amazombie has won eight of 18 and earned $493,708. He is 2-for-2 over Cushion Track, having earned his maiden victory here Dec. 3, 2009 prior to his 2 ¾ length win in the Tiznow.
Indian Firewater will cut back in distance for his first start since finishing fourth in the Santana Mile March 6 at Santa Anita. Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the 4-year-old Indian Charlie colt out of the Touch Gold mare Touched has three wins in 16 starts and has earned $273,932. His only graded victory came in the San Fernando, a Grade II, Jan. 15 at Santa Anita.
Gato Go Win will be making his first appearance since trailing in the Palos Verdes Jan. 22 at Santa Anita. Owned by Joey Platts and Jack Sims and trained by Bob Troeger, the 5-year-old City Place horse and the Odyle mare Brooks N Boots is 4-for-16 with a bankroll of $220,061.
Supreme Summit returns to a synthetic surface after finishing third in his turf debut in the San Simeon Handicap April 16. Owned by Joseph Lacombe Stables Inc. and trained by Mike Puype, the 5-year-old son of Cactus Ridge and the Sunny Clime mare Studentoftheweek has won three of 15 and earned $365,100.
Camp Victory, beaten by a nose by Regally Ready in the San Simeon, will try for his second win in three starts since being claimed for $40,000 by trainer Mike Mitchell.
Owned by a partnership, the 4-year-old Forest Camp gelding out of the Clever Trick mare Victory Trick has won six of 15 while earning $175,986.
From inside out, the field for the Los Angeles Handicap: Amazombie, Mike Smith rides, 122 pounds; Indian Firewater, Joel Rosario, 116; M One Rifle, Chantal Sutherland, 118; Camp Victory, Joe Talamo, 114; Gato Go Win, Garrett Gomez, 115; Supreme Summit, Rafael Bejarano, 117 and Cost of Freedom, Tyler Baze, 122.
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