INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 12, 2013)—Open Water, the upset winner of the Marjorie L. Everett Handicap May 18 (video), will seek the first Grade I victory of her career in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Run at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, the Vanity, which is for older fillies and mares, is the ninth of 10 races Saturday. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
The 72nd renewal of the Vanity will be preceded by a pair of stakes for 2-year-olds – the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial and the $100,000 Cinderella for fillies. Both are at 5 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track. The Proctor goes as the eighth race while the Cinderella is the fourth.
In celebration of Hollywood Park’s diamond anniversary, Betfair Hollywood Park will offer special 75 cent pricing Saturday.
General admission, programs, hot dogs and sodas will be available for 75 cents throughout the day. Beer will be offered at the reduced price for 75 minutes – 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Additionally, a prix fixe menu with a choice of soup or salad, main course selection, dessert and a glass of champagne in a commemorative 75th anniversary flute will be offered in the Turf Club. The cost is $75 per couple. Reservations can be made by calling 310-419-1601.
This will also be the fifth of nine Saturdays during the Spring/Summer meet offering a guaranteed Pick Six pool of $150,000.
If the Pick Six pool exceeds $200,000 on any of the selected Saturdays – which also include June 22, June 29, July 6 and July 13 – there will be $1 Happy Hour food and drink specials offered at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.
Additionally, a single winning ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG)- will earn a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
Owned by Southern Equine Stables LLC, Mike Smith and Whispering Oaks Farm and trained by Eric Guillot, Open Water defeated 7-10 favorite Lady of Fifty by one length at nearly 10-1 in the Grade II Everett.
The win was the third in 14 starts for the 4-year-old daughter of Include and the A.P. Indy mare Biscayne Bay. She’s earned $270,750.
If successful Saturday, Open Water would be the first horse to win both the Everett – which was called the Milady Handicap prior to 2012 – and the Vanity since Zenyatta in 2009.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2011 Vanity with Blind Luck, will be represented by Lady of Fifty and Esentepe.
Owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, Lady of Fifty has won six of 14. The 4-year-old gray daughter of After Market and the Maria’s Mon mare K.D.’s Shady Lady has earned $383,000.
In her only other start over Cushion Track prior to her second place finish in the Everett, Lady of Fifty won the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap by 3 ¼ lengths last Dec. 8.
The last filly or mare to win both the Bayakoa and Vanity was Hollywood Story. She won the Bayakoa in 2004 and the 2006 Vanity.
A 4-year-old Oratorio filly out of the Octagonal mare Mythie, Esentepe comes off a decisive win as the 2-5 favorite in an optional claimer in her first start over Cushion Track May 9.
Owned by William de Burgh, Esentepe has won three of 20 and banked $149,984.
Trainer John Sadler, who won the 2004 Vanity with Victory Encounter, will send out More Chocolate, winner of the Grade II La Canada Stakes Jan. 20 at Santa Anita.
Owned by Michael Talla, the 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly out of the Night Shift mare Little Treasure has won three of 10 and earned $252,642. The Vanity will be her first race over a synthetic surface and her initial start since she finished fifth in the Grade II La Troienne Stakes May 3 at Churchill Downs.
Royal Tiger will step into tougher company after winning an optional claimer by 14 lengths June 2.
Trained by Mark Glatt for owner-breeder Nick Cafarchia, the 6-year-old daughter of Hold That Tiger and the In Excess mare Rare Royalty has won three of 15 and earned $106,620. She’s won half of her four races over Cushion Track and was third in her two defeats.
Byrama will return to a synthetic surface for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trainer Simon Callaghan after finishing sixth in the Grade I Humna Distaff over a sloppy track May 4 at Churchill Downs.
The 4-year-old English bred daughter of Byron and the Darshaan mare Aymara will be seeking to end a six-race losing streak in the Vanity. Byrama hasn’t won since taking the Unzip Me Stakes last Sept. 29 at Santa Anita.
The bay filly was second, beaten by a neck by Last Full Measure, in the Grade I Madison April 13 over Keeneland’s Polytrack in her most recent race over synthetic. She has been runner-up in both of her tries over artificial tracks. She chased Reneesgotzip in the C.E.R.F. Stakes last Sept.5 over the Polytrack at Del Mar. Byrama has won four of 18 and earned $334,750.
From inside out, the field for the Vanity Handicap: More Chocolate, Garrett Gomez rides, 119 pounds; Byrama, Gary Stevens, 116; Esentepe, Corey Nakatani, 117; Royal Tiger, Tyler Baze, 113; Open Water, Joe Talamo, 117 and Lady of Fifty, Rafael Bejarano, 117.
Trainer Peter Miller, who has won three of the last six runnings of the Willard L. Proctor Memorial, will seek another victory Saturday with recent debut winner Solid Wager. Miller’s wins came with Thoroughly (2007), Backbackbackgone (2008) and Majestic City (2011).
A son of Birdonthewire and the Valid Wager mare G Ma, Solid Wager defeated $50,000 maidens by 2 ¼ lengths June 7. Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable, Solid Wager earned $30,250 for the comfortable score.
California-breds Time for a Hug and Willie B Awesome, a full brother to multiple stakes winner Willa B Awesome, will represent the barn of trainer Walther Solis.
Owned by a partnership that includes Tom Beckerle, Ira Herman, Templeton Horses LLC and breeder Terry Lovingier, Time for a Hug won in his initiation April 26. The son of Time to Get Even and the Wild Rush mare Action Girl earned $31,200 for the victory by one length.
A son of Awesome Gambler and the Nineeleven mare Cause I’m Tricky, Willie B Awesome won May 24 after finishing fifth in his May 9 debut for a partnership that includes breeder Lovingier, Michael Byrnes, Patsy London and Kretz Racing LLC. Willie B Awesome has banked $41,912.
California Chrome, who chased Time for a Hug, came back to defeat maidens May 17 for owner-breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin and trainer Art Sherman. The Lucky Pulpit colt out of the Not for Love mare Love the Chase has earned $41,600.
Sadler will send out a duo – Street Icon and Kobe’s Back – in search of his first Proctor victory.
Owned by J.W. Singer LLC, Street Icon led throughout when he won May 9. The debut victory by the son of Street Boss and the Danzig mare Legion of Merit was worth $31,200.
A $480,000 purchase in March in Florida, Kobe’s Back debuts for Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable. The gray is a son of Flatter and the Well Decorated mare Well.
The field is completed by a pair of maidens who ran second in their respective debuts.
Geldautomat finished three-quarters of a length behind Street Icon May 9 while Go First was beaten by a half-length by Willie B Awesome 15 days later.
Trained by Kristin Mulhall for Kretz Racing LLC, Geldautomat is a Fusaichi Pegasus colt out of the Two Punch mare Sophie’s Destiny. He’s earned $10,400.
Go First is owned by breeder Harris Farms, Inc. and trained by Dean Pederson. The Kafwain gelding out of the Rubiano mare Go Ruby Go collected $13,250 for his runner-up effort.
The lone filly in the Proctor cast is One More, a debuting daughter of Holy Bull and the Tapit mare See Rock City. Doug O’Neill trains One More, a $165,000 purchase at the Barretts’ March sale, for Reddam Racing, LLC.
From inside out, the field for the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes: Time for a Hug, Jose Valdivia, Jr. rides, 120 pounds; Kobe’s Back, Rafael Bejarano, 115; One More, Mario Gutierrez, 112; Solid Wager, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Go First, Martin Garcia, 115; Willie B Awesome, Martin Pedroza, 120; California Chrome, Corey Nakatani, 120; Street Icon, Joe Talamo, 120 and Geldautomat, Tyler Baze. 115.
After winning the Cinderella last year with Miss Empire, Miller will send out a pair – On the Backstreets and Sensational Nikki – in search of a repeat.
The last trainer to win the Cinderella in consecutive years is Steve Asmussen. He won with Richwoman in 2006 and Wonderful Luck in 2007.
On the Backstreets broke into the game with a 2 ¼ length win May 23 for a partnership that includes Brewer Racing Stable, David J. Lanzman Racing Stable, Inc., Rockingham Ranch and Jason Wood. The win was worth $31,200 for the daughter of Street Boss and the Mutakddim mare Mutakaway.
Sensational Nikki also won first time out, prevailing by three-quarters of a length as the 6-5 favorite June 2.
The Zensational filly out of the Spend a Buck mare Liberada earned $31,200 for owner Rockingham Ranch.
Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2011 Cinderella with Killer Graces, will saddle Pleasant Miss.
The Pleasantly Perfect filly out of the Tale of the Cat mare Winter Tide blasted $50,000 maidens by 6 ¼ lengths in her May 9 debut for owner Dan Northrop and trainer Adam Kitchingman.
She has since been purchased privately and will debut Saturday for Hollendorfer and a partnership that includes the trainer, Halo Farms, Mark Randall and Three Sisters Thoroughbreds. The gate-to-wire win by Pleasant Miss was worth $18,000.
Solis entered Time for Angie, a first out winner May 3 for a partnership that includes Byrnes, London, Kretz Racing LLC and breeder Terry Lovingier.
The daughter of Time to Get Even and the Gold Case mare Amorous Angie banked $40,560 for the 1 ¼ length triumph as the 13-10 second choice.
Pay the Debt posted a 19-1 surprise in her bow for a partnership that includes Pat Abrams, Keith Moore and trainer Gary Sherlock. The Awesome Gambler filly out of the Skip Trial mare Securitized Debt earned $31,200 April 25.
Sprouts won by 5 ½ lengths at 11-1 when making her second start for owner-breeder Reddam Racing, LLC and trainer Edward Freeman. The daughter of Square Eddie and the Yankee Victor mare Ann Summers Gold has earned $32,240. She finished fifth against males in her April 26.
La Madera is a rookie by U S Ranger and the Fortunate Prospect mare Frugality. Carl O’Callaghan trains for owner Jerry Durant.
From inside out, the field for the Cinderella Stakes: Pleasant Miss, Rafael Bejarano rides, 120 pounds; On the Backstreets, Joe Talamo, 117; Pay the Debt, Jorge Carreno, 120; Sensational Nikki, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Time for Angie, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 117; La Madera, Corey Nakatani, 115 and Sprouts, Mario Gutierrez, 117.
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