INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 25, 2012)—Owner J. Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez will try for some Grade I success at Betfair Hollywood Park Monday before their date with destiny with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another in the Belmont Stakes June 9.
Quiet Oasis, who won the Grade III Wilshire Handicap for the Reddam-Gutierrez combination April 29, will step into a tougher spot in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes.
The first Grade I of the Spring/Summer meet, the Gamely, which is for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf, will be immediately preceded by the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap. A Grade III at six furlongs on Cushion Track, the Los Angeles is the eighth of 10 races while the Gamely is the ninth.
General admission is free for the Memorial Day holiday for veterans and active duty personnel with military identification. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Trained by Ben Cecil, who won the 1997 Gamely with Donna Viola, Quiet Oasis is a 4-year-old Oasis Dream filly out of the Sunday Silence mare Silent Heir with three wins in eight starts and earnings of $122,379.
An Irish bred, Quiet Oasis will be making her second appearance in a Grade I and her first attempt at nine furlongs. She was sixth in the Matriarch last Nov. 25, finishing four lengths behind winner Star Billing.
The two Gamely entrants with a Grade I win on their resume are Cambina and Nereid.
The 4-year-old fillies finished on even terms in the American Oaks last July 16 and are a combined 0-for-9 since that exciting finish.
Trained by Jeff Bonde for a partnership that includes Anthony Bilich, Jason and Steven Cline, Rick Mace, Dennis Rahill and George Schmitt, Cambina has lost six times, but does come off a second place finish in the Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap April 21 at Santa Anita.
A daughter of Hawk Wing and the Peintre Celebre mare Await, Cambina has six wins in 18 starts and earnings of $423,426. She has a win and two thirds in three starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course.
Owned by Eric Kronfeld and trained by John Shirreffs, Nereid is a Rock Hard Ten filly out of the Belong to Me mare Dowry who’s won three of seven and banked $244,800.
She was fourth as the 13-10 favorite in the Wilshire in her 2012 debut, beaten one length by Quiet Oasis. The loss was her first in four local grass starts.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2010 Gamely with the brilliant Tuscan Evening, entered a pair – Capital Plan and City to City.
A 4-year-old daughter of Rock Hard Ten and the Strawberry Road mare Miss Dahlia, Capital Plan comes off the first graded win of her career, a 1 ½ length score in the Santa Barbara.
Owned by her trainer and Mark DeDomenico LLC, Capital Plan has won four of 10 and earned $215,800.
Hollendorfer and DeDomenico also own – along with William DeBurgh – City to City. A 5-year-old daughter of City Zip and the Storm Cat mare Stormbow, she has won seven of 26 and earned $514,726.
The winner of the Grade II Buena Vista Handicap in February, City to City is winless in three starts on the grass at Betfair Hollywood Park. Most recently, she trailed in the Grade II Distaff Turf Mile on the Kentucky Derby undercard May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Bauble Queen will try to improve upon her fifth place finish in the Santa Barbara for Class Racing Stable and trainer Eric Kruljac. The 4-year-old Arch filly out of the Storm Cat mare Muneefa has won three of 10 and has a bankroll of $221,257. Her biggest win came in the Grade II Robert J. Frankel Jan. 1 at Santa Anita.
Belle Royale enters the Gamely with four consecutive wins. The first three came in England before she captured her U.S. debut, taking the American Beauty Stakes by a half-length April 7 at Santa Anita.
Owned by Michael Tabor and trained by Simon Callaghan, the Irish bred daughter of former Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Val Royal and the Brief Truce mare Kahyasi Moll has earned $280,231. The 4-year-old has won nine of 25.
A victory by Belle Royale would be the second in a row in the Gamely for Callaghan, who won with Dubawi Heights in 2011. The last trainer to go back-to-back in the race was the late Bobby Frankel – Citronnade (2007) and Precious Kitten (2008).
Fifth in the Wilshire, Wild Mia will try to end a seven race losing streak Monday. Trained by Tom Proctor for Rosemont Stud Syndicate, the 5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir and the El Sultan mare Love Mia has won four of 19 and earned $321,212.
The last victory for the Florida bred came in the Redondo Beach Stakes locally last June 5.
From inside out, the field for the 46th Gamely Stakes: Capital Plan, Brice Blanc rides, 119 pounds; Quiet Oasis, Mario Gutierrez, 117; Wild Mia, David Flores, 117; Bauble Queen, Victor Espinoza, 119; Cambina, Rafael Bejarano, 119; Belle Royale, Joel Rosario, 117; City to City, Garrett Gomez, 119 and Nereid, Mike Smith, 119.
The Los Angeles Handicap will feature the return of 2009 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Rail Trip as well as defending champion Camp Victory.
Owned by Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, Rail Trip has returned to the barn of Ron Ellis after going 0-for-5 in New York during a span of more than 13 months for trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr.
Away since unseating jockey Ramon Dominguez in the $57,000 Sunny and Mild Stakes last Nov. 17 at Aqueduct, Rail Trip has won five of eight over Cushion Track and was second in his three defeats.
A 7-year-old gelded son of Jump Start and the Carson City mare Sweet Trip, Rail Trip has won eight of 17 and earned $1,116,790.
The Los Angeles will be the first start at six furlongs for the Kentucky bred since he won an allowance by 3 ½ lengths here in the second start of his career Dec. 20, 2008.
Declared the winner a year ago after Amazombie was disqualified and placed third, Camp Victory would be only the second horse to win this race twice if successful Monday. Native Diver won in 1965 and 1967 for owners Mr. and Mrs. L.K. Shapiro and trainer Buster Millerick.
Trained by Mike Mitchell for Roger Featherston, Gordon Jacobsen and Tom Miller, Camp Victory, a 5-year-old Forest Camp gelding out of the Victory Trick mare Clever Trick, has seven wins in 21 starts and earnings of $355,986. He has won two of eight since claimed by his current connections for $40,000 Feb. 13, 2011.
Ellis, who won this race with Timeless Answer in 1990, also entered Centralinteligence.
Owned by Amerman Racing LLC, Bongo Racing Stable, Gary Finder and Elias Sabo, the 4-year-old Smarty Jones gelding out of the Seattle Slew mare Shootforthestars has won three of seven and banked $14,550. He graduated over Cushion Track last July 16.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will seek his first Los Angeles win with the lightly-raced Roman Threat.
A 4-year-old gelded son of Roman Ruler and the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, he has a win in two starts for owner-breeders Patti and Hal J. Earnhardt III.
After defeating maidens March 11 at Santa Anita, Roman Threat stepped into the Grade II Potrero Grande and wound up second, defeated by three-quarters of a length by 2011 sprint champion Amazombie. The dark bay has earned $63,600.
Trainer John Sadler, who has won the L.A. Cap a record five times, will be represented by Don Tito.
Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Larry Nestadt, the 5-year-old son of Trippi and the Southern Halo mare Another Moochie is 4-for-15 with earnings of $165,103.
The most recent of Sadler’s Los Angeles victories was with Cost of Freedom – also owned by the Barbers – in 2010. His other wins: Red Arrow (2009), Hombre Rapido (2003), Olympic Prospect (1988) and Rosie’s K.T. (1986).
M One Rifle, who was moved up to second due to Amazombie’s disqualification a year ago, has lost eight in a row since winning the Cool Frenchy May 7, 2011.
Owned by breeders Ed Bernstein, Brian Greenspun, Irwin Molasky and trainer Bruce Headley, the 6-year-old One Man Army gelding out of the Bertrando mare Leanessa has won five of 21 and has a bankroll of $533,142.
Headley is a three-time Los Angeles winner – Street Boss (2008), Kona Gold (2002) and Son of a Pistol (1999).
Dancing in Silks will be shooting for his first win since his 25-1 upset in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The 7-year-old gelding has lost 10 times since with his best finish a pair of thirds.
Owned by Ken Kinakin, the son of Black Minnaloushe out of the Royal and Regal mare Lemhi Love will be making his second start for trainer Anthony Saavedra. A winner of seven of 23 with earnings of $1,500,401, Dancing in Silks had been trained previously by Carla Gaines and Kathy Walsh.
Fourth as the 2-1 second choice in the Potrero Grande, Sway Away returns to the scene of his last win for Bonde and Batman Stable, Phil, Bennett and Everett Lebherz, Cindy Olsen, Anthony Sharp and Glen Wallace.
A 4-year-old son of Afleet Alex and the Seattle Slew mare Seattle Shimmer, Sway Away is 2-for-9 with earnings of $206,800. He won a seven-furlong allowance by a neck in his lone Cushion Track race last June 19.
From inside out, the field for the Los Angeles Handicap: Rail Trip, Jose Valdivia, Jr., rides, 120 pounds; Dancing in Silks, Mario Gutierrez, 114; Sway Away, Martin Garcia, 117; Centralinteligence, Joel Rosario, 114; Don Tito, Kevin Krigger, 115; Camp Victory, Joe Talamo, 118; Roman Threat, Rafael Bejarano, 118 and M One Rifle, Mike Smith, 115.
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