INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 30, 2010)-Owners Jerry and Ann Moss will try to win a second Grade 1 at the spring-summer meet when Cozi Rosie faces seven other 3-year-old fillies in the $250,000 American Oaks Saturday at Hollywood Park.
The Oaks, which is run at 1 ¼ miles, is one of two graded races on turf Saturday. It is preceded by the $150,000 Royal Heroine Mile for older fillies and mares. The Royal Heroine will go as the fourth race while the American Oaks is the eighth. Post time is 1 p.m.
The Mosses, who won a memorable third consecutive Vanity with the undefeated Zenyatta on June 13, saw Cozi Rosie earn her first graded win almost two months ago for trainer John Sadler.
The daughter of Pleasantly Perfect and the Golden Fleece mare Felidia won the Senorita on May 2. This Grade III score preceded a head loss to heavily favored Evening Jewel in the Honeymoon Handicap on May 31.
Bred by the Mosses in Kentucky, Cozi Rosie has three wins in eight starts. She has earned $157,280. Like all others in the Oaks field, she will be trying 10 furlongs for the first time. Mike Smith retains the mount. All starters will carry 121 pounds.
Conniption, a Danehill Dancer filly out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Showbiz, will be looking to give trainer Simon Callaghan, owner Michael Tabor and jockey Brice Blanc their second graded stakes victory in one week. On June 26, Turning Top won her fourth in a row for Callaghan and Tabor, taking the Beverly Hills Handicap under Blanc.
In her initial try over the Hollywood Park turf course on May 20, Conniption won a first level allowance by 1 ¼ lengths as the 2-1 favorite. She has won two of six while earning $50,078. She will try to become the first Irish bred winner of the American Oaks.
Andina, who finished in a dead heat for fourth in the Honeymoon Handicap, has yet to win a graded stakes. Owned by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Ben Cecil, the Singspiel filly out of the Rahy mare Fragrant Oasis has won two of seven and earned $127,693. Her victories came in her first two races in the United States last Oct. 10 and Jan. 29, both at Santa Anita.
City To City, who finished one length behind Cozi Rosie when completing the trifecta in the Honeymoon, has not been worse than third in six races on turf for owners William De Burgh, Mark DeDomenico and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She has three wins on the surface, including stakes successes in the China Doll and Providencia at Santa Anita.
A daughter of City Zip and the Storm Cat mare Stormbow, City To City has won five of 13. Her bankroll stands at $223,054.
Trained by John Shirreffs for owner-breeders Pam and Marty Wygod, Harmonious is stepping up in class after going 2-for-2 on the local turf course. The Dynaformer filly out of the Storm Cat mare Jade Tree defeated maidens on May 16, then won a first level allowance on June 12. She has won two of three and has earned $52,420.
Owned by breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and trained by Steve Specht, Antares World is returning to turf after finishing fourth in the Hollywood Oaks on June 6.
She would be first California bred to win the American Oaks. She is 5-for-10 with earnings of $179,718, but all of her victories have come in Northern California.
Weekend Magic will be making her turf debut for owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho after an easy maiden score over Cushion Track on June 20. The daughter of Ecton Park and the Honor Grades mare Weekend Kaper has one win in four tries and has banked $29,960.
Completing the field is Riviera Chic, who was supplemented to the field for $5,000 on Sunday by trainer James Lloyd.
From the inside out, the field for the 9th American Oaks: Riviera Chic, Victor Espinoza rides, 121 pounds; Antares World, Frank Alvarado, 121; Weekend Magic, Alsonso Quionez, 121; Harmonious, Martin Garcia, 121; City To City, Joel Rosario, 121: Andina, Rafael Bejarano, 121 and Cozi Rosie, Mike Smith, 121.
Even though defending champion Tuscan Evening is awaiting a stakes date at Arlington Park, Hollendorfer has a chance to win the Royal Heroine Mile for a second year in a row.
The trainer will be represented by U R All That I Am in the Grade II.
A daughter of Valid Wager and the Fort Calgary mare Fort Silver owned by breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, U R All That I Am is aiming for her third stakes win of the meet.
The 4-year-old won the 7 ½ furlong B. Thoughtful over Cushion Track on California Gold Rush Day (April 24) , then stretched to a mile on turf and won the Fran’s Valentine on May 23. Both of those victories came in races restricted to California breds.
U R All That I Am’s last win against open company came in an optional claimer at six furlongs over Tapeta last Oct. 4 at Golden Gate Fields.
She has won eight of 15 and earned $307,628. Hollendorfer is trying to become the third trainer with multiple victories in the race. Julio Canani has won three and the late Bobby Frankel won twice.
Gotta Have Her, a consistent 6-year-old daughter of Royal Academy and the Rahy mare Winnowing is exiting a Grade 1 for owner Green Lantern Stables and trainer Jenine Sahadi. She finished sixth in the Gamely on May 29, a race won by Tuscan Evening.
Worse than third only once in nine races on grass at the Royal Heroine distance, Gotta Have Her has eight wins in 26 lifetime starts and has earned $882,608.
Completing the field of six are Burg Berg, who has won three of 12 and earned $140,555 for owner-breeders John and Cheryl Toffan and trainer Paco Gonzalez, Rosey de Megeve, second behind Turning Top in the Redondo Beach on June 5, Spring Style, idle since finishing sixth in the Buena Vista Handicap on Feb. 15 at Santa Anita and Exquisite.
The field for the 14th Royal Heroine Mile: U R All That I Am, Rafael Bejarano rides, 117 pounds; Gotta Have Her, Tyler Baze, 121; Rosey de Megeve, Martin Garcia, 117; Spring Style, Alonso Quinonez, 117; Burg Berg, Joel Rosario, 117 and Exquisite, Victor Espinoza, 117.
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