INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 26, 2012)—Nereid, who finished in a dead heat with Cambina in the Grade I American Oaks last July 16, will make her 4-year-old debut in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade III at one mile on turf, the Wilshire is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m.
Owned by Eric Kronfeld and trained by John Shirreffs, Nereid hasn’t run since finishing third in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Cup last Oct. 15 at Keeneland.
A daughter of Rock Hard Ten and the Belong to Me mare Dowry, Nereid will try to become the first American Oaks winner to capture the Wilshire, which will be run for the 51st time Sunday.
A winner of three of six, Nereid, who was bred in Kentucky by Mr. and Mrs. Emler Neuman, has earned $238,800.
Briecat will be seeking her third stakes victory 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 has won 10 of 32 and banked $633,799. She won the 2010 Las Palmas Handicap during the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet, then last Dec. 7 edged Givine in the Cool Air Stakes.
The winner of the 2010 Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap during the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park season, Go Forth North will be looking for her first victory since that nose decision over All Due Respect.
Trained by A.C. Avila for Monte Pyle, L-Bo Racing and Summer of Fun Stables. LLC, the 5-year-old daughter of North Light and the Holy Bull mare Witch Tradition is 3-for-16 while earning $251,488.
Worse than third only once in five starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf, Go Forth North has been third four out of five races since the Ramser victory.
Defeated by a half-length at 11-1 by Vamo a Galupiar in the Grade II Santa Ana March 25 at Santa Anita, Wild Mia cuts back to the distance of her win in the Redondo Beach last June 5.
Trained by Jerry Fanning for Rosemont Stud Syndicate, Wild Mia, a 5-year-old gray daughter of Wildcat Heir and the El Sultan mare Love Mia has won four of 18 and earned $319,212.
Runner-up in the American Oaks and third in the Ramser in 2010, Antares World returns to Southern California for the first time in three months.
Owned by breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trained by Steve Specht, the 5-year-old Decarchy mare out of the Spinning World mare Alashir’s World has eight wins in 24 starts. The bankroll for the California bred is $418,328.
A two-time graded stakes winner since coming to the United States, Up In Time enters off a head loss to City to City in the Grade II Buena Vista Handicap Feb. 20 at Santa Anita.
Trained by Simon Callaghan for Lordship Stud and Three Chimneys Racing, LLC, the 4-year-old Numerous filly out of the Inchinor mare Up At Dawn has won four of 13 and banked $230,576. She won the Grade II San Clemente Handicap last summer at Del Mar before taking the Ramser during Santa Anita’a fall season.
Callaghan will be aiming for his second consecutive win in the Wilshire as he scored a year ago with eventual Eclipse Award finalist Dubawi Heights. The last trainer to win the race back-to-back was Bobby Frankel. The late Hall of Famer won the Wilshire three years in a row – Toussaud (1993), Skimble (1994) and Possibly Perfect (1995).
Callaghan also entered Imperialistic Diva. The 4-year-old daughter of Haafhd and the Imperial Ballet mare Imperialistic has won two of 15 and earned $87,499.
Her lone win in the United States came in an optional claimer last Dec. 17 at Betfair Hollywood Park. She is owned by Charles Winner, the newest member of the California Horse Racing Board.
The Wilshire will be the first start of 2012 for Quiet Oasis. The 4-year-old Oasis Dream filly out of the Sunday Silence mare Silent Heir has won two of seven and earned $62,379. Ben Cecil, who has two wins in the race – Eurolink Raindance (2002) and Medaglia d’Amour (2011) – trains the Irish bred for J. Paul Reddam.
From inside out, the field for the Wilshire Handicap: Briecat, Joe Talamo rides, 118 pounds; Antares World, Kevin Krigger, 115; Nereid, Mike Smith, 121; Quiet Oasis, Brice Blanc, 114; Wild Mia, David Flores, 117; Imperialistic Diva, Eswan Flores, 112; Up In Time, Joel Rosario, 119 and Go Forth North, Victor Espinoza, 118.
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