Matriarch Winner Star Billing Returns Sunday

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Posted 06.07.12 at 2:12

Star Billing and jockey Victor Espinoza, outfinish Summer Soiree (Gabriel Saez), to win the Matriarch. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 7, 2012)—Star Billing will make her first start since winning the Grade I Matriarch last Nov. 25 in the $70,000 Redondo Beach Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A one mile turf race for fillies and mares, the Redondo Beach is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

Trained by John Shirreffs for owner-breeder George Krikorian, Star Billing defeated Summer Soiree by a half-length at the Redondo Beach distance in the Matriarch in her final race as a 3-year-old.

The win was the third in seven starts for the daughter of Dynaformer and the Thunder Gulch mare Tagline. Two of her wins have come over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass. She also won the Grade III Senorita Stakes May 7, 2011. Star Billing, who has been worse than third only once in her career, has earned $355,067.

Like Star Billing, All Star Heart is returning from a layoff after winning a graded event.

Owned by breeder Gerald L. Gibbs and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, All Star Heart was a two length winner of the Grade II Las Palmas last Nov. 6 at Santa Anita.

The win was the fifth in eight tries for the Canadian bred daughter of Arch and the Ascot Knight mare Gift of the Heart since she was turned over to McAnally in the fall of 2010.

All Star Heart has won five of 15 and banked $261,705. She is 1-for-1 locally, having won an allowance by 1 ¼ lengths last July 7.

Briecat will try for her third win over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass for owners David and Holly Wilson and trainer Vladimir Cerin. The 7-year-old daughter of Adcat and the Marlin mare Silk Briefcase is 10-for-33 with a bankroll of $649,799.

Broken Dreams, another two-time winner over this turf course, will stretch out after finishing fifth in the Great Lady M. Stakes May 27.

Owned by breeder Glen Hill Farm and trained by Tom Proctor, the 6-year-old daughter of Broken Vow and the Storm Cat mare Our Dreamer has won five of 18 and earned $259,284. This will be the first race beyond 6 ½ furlongs for Broken Dreams.

Proctor will be aiming for his second consecutive win in the Redondo Beach, having won a year ago with Wild Mia. The only trainer with two victories in the race is Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer. His wins came with Somethinaboutlaura (2007) and Tuscan Evening (2009).

Good Karma will make her first start in California for owner Arnold Zetcher and trainer Ben Cecil. The Italian bred filly by Tobougg and the Slewpy mare Greedy Slewpy has won six of 14 and banked $273,861. The 4-year-old has lost six in a row, three of those defeats coming in the United States. In her most recent outing, Good Karma was eighth of 10 in a $61,613 allowance April 11 at Keeneland.

Calle Vista enters after an off-the-board finish in the American Beauty, a race captured by eventual Gamely winner Belle Royale. Owned by breeder Diamond A Racing Corporation and trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, the 6-year-old Pleasantly Perfect mare out of the Oak Dancer mare Campagnarde is 4-for-12 with earnings of $167,740.

A Jealous Woman is back with open company after finishing sixth of seven in the B. Thoughtful, a Cushion Track race for California breds April 28. The 6-year-old daughter of Muqtarib, who is owned by Three Cent Stable and trained by Francis Meza, has won five of 13 and earned $239,016. She’s won two of four over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf – both when A Jealous Woman was trained by Bill Spawr.

Hard to Resist earned her first local score when taking an optional claimer by a neck May 3. Peter Eurton trains the 4-year-old Johannesburg filly out of the Gulch mare Anja for a partnership that includes Sharon Alesia, Bran Jam Stable, Ciaglia Racing and Rob Dyrdek. Hard to Resist has won three of 10 and earned $126,040.

From inside out, the field for the Redondo Beach Stakes: Hard to Resist, David Flores rides, 119 pounds; Calle Vista, Martin Garcia, 115; Broken Dreams, Kevin Krigger, 115; Briecat, Joe Talamo, 115; A Jealous Woman, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Star Billing, Victor Espinoza, 121; All Star Heart, Brice Blanc, 121 and Good Karma, Garrett Gomez, 115.

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