Trainer John Sadler, who won the Hollywood Oaks last year with Switch and the Beverly Hills Handicap in 2008 and 2009 with Black Mamba, hopes for more good luck in the two stakes next weekend at Hollywood Park.
Sadler confirmed Sunday that he planned to enter Zazu in the $150,000 Grade II Hollywood Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday and Cozi Rosie in the $100,000 Grade III Beverly Hills for fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf the following day.
Joel Rosario has the call on both fillies owned by Jerry and Ann Moss.
Sadler hopes for an honest pace in both races for his come-from-behind entrants.
“Zazu came back good from Kentucky and worked six furlongs in 1:13 here yesterday,” said Sadler of the gray/roan filly who finished third in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks in her last start May 6.
“She went a big trip in the Oaks,” said Sadler of her race at Churchill Downs. “It was a big field, and she was running at the end, beaten two lengths.”
Zazu won the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes and finished second in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks to stamp herself as one of the nation’s leading 3-year-old fillies.
Cozi Rosie, a 4-year-old chestnut, worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11.80 on the main track Sunday. She comes off a third-place finish in the Grade I Gamely Stakes here May 30.
“There was no pace in the Gamely—the one-two finishers were on the lead all the way—and she closed ground,” said Sadler, hoping the extra furlong of the Beverly Hills will be to her advantage.
BIG TIZ FIRES BULLET FOR HOLLYWOOD OAKS
Big Tiz, stakes-placed at Hollywood Park three times, seeks to break through with her first added-money victory in the $150,000 Grade II Hollywood Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.
Big Tiz, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Tiznow, demonstrated her readiness by working five furlongs in a bullet 58.60 seconds Sunday. She placed second in the Grade III Railbird Stakes May 21 after finishing second in the Grade I Hollywood Starlet and third in the Sharp Cat Stakes last fall. Patrick Valenzuela will again ride the filly for trainer Mark Glatt.
Other probable starters include Rumor, Love Theway Youare and Zazu.
Love Theway Youare will be ridden by Alonso Quinonez for owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho. The filly finished fourth in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico May 20 after defeating older females at 1 1/16 miles earlier in the Spring/Summer meet.
Rumor comes off a sharp six-furlong victory over Cushion Track May 28, her second victory in four starts for trainer Richard Mandella. Victor Espinoza will ride the Indian Charlie filly for the first time.
Trainer Bob Baffert said he might enter one of the trio of American Lady, Artuya or May Day Rose. “One or none,” he said.
Nereid, winner of two in a row over turf for John Shirreffs, is also considered a possible entrant.
DRYSDALE DUO WORKS FOR BEVERLY HILLS
First Settler and Restless Soul each worked seven furlongs here Sunday for trainer Neil Drysdale in preparation for the $100,000 Grade III Beverly Hills Handicap June 26.
First Settler was timed in 1:26.80 on the main track and Restless Soul was clocked in 1:27 on turf for the Beverly Hills for fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on grass.
First Settler, a 4-year-old filly who has won two of her last three starts, will be ridden by Tyler Baze. Restless Soul, a 7-year-old mare who finished third in the Beverly Hills last year, will be ridden by Joe Talamo.
Other probable starters include Cozi Rosie and Timezone (Mike Smith).
Defending champion Turning Top, Malibu Pier and Éclair de Lune head a list of possible starters.
“Either the Beverly Hills or run her cold in the Beverly D.,” said trainer Ron McAnally of Éclair de Lune, winner of the 2010 Beverly D., a Grade I at Arlington Park.
JOCKEYS CATCHING FLIGHTS
Several locally-based jockeys will ride in major stakes out of town next weekend.
Garrett Gomez, who won the $250,000 Grade I Vanity Handicap on Blind Luck Saturday, will seek further riches at Woodbine in Toronto.
Agent Tony Matos said that Gomez will ride Curgnone in the $1-million Queen’s Plate June 26. He has also lined up mounts on Society’s Chairman in the King Edward Stakes and Runfor Ro in the My Dear Stakes Saturday. The same day Gomez will also ride Nordic Tune in the Highlander, Grassy in the Singspiel and Silverleo in the Charlie Barley.
Canadian native Chantal Sutherland will also be at Woodbine June 26 to ride Pender Harbour in the Queen’s Plate and Windward Islands in the Singspiel, according to agent Brian Beach.
Agent Joe Ferrer said that Rafael Bejarano, the leading rider at the Spring/Summer meet, will be at Prairie Meadows in Iowa Friday and Saturday. Bejarano has taken calls on Ventana and Freedom Star for trainer Bob Baffert in sprint stakes Friday and Prayer for Relief in the $250,000 Iowa Derby for Baffert and Gladding in the $300,000 Cornhusker Handicap for John Sadler Saturday. Gladding worked six furlongs in 1:12 over Cushion Track Sunday.
Agent Brad Pegram said that Mike Smith would also be at Prairie Meadows Saturday for stakes engagements.
Agent Jim Pegram said that Martin Garcia would be in New York Saturday to ride Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty for Baffert in the $250,000 Grade I Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park.
Gomez will be on the road again July 2 to ride defending champion Chinchon in the $750,000 United Nations Stakes at Monmouth Park.
FINISH LINES —Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who celebrated his 65th birthday in style Saturday by sending out Blind Luck to victory in the $250,000 Grade I Vanity Handicap here, said Sunday that the 4-year-old filly could not be doing better. “She came out of the race sensational,” said Hollendorfer. “We’re going to look at that race in Delaware (the $750,000 Delaware Handicap July 16) next.”…Trainer Ray Bell was on hand to supervise a six-furlong turf work in 1:14.20 for San Juan Capistrano Handicap winner Juniper Pass. Bell said the closing-day Sunset Handicap July 17 at 1 ½ miles on grass could be next…Highly regarded Jaycito, forced to skip the Triple Crown because of a foot injury, worked five furlongs in 59.60 here for trainer Bob Baffert …Multiple stakes-winning sprinter Kinsale King returned from freshening at Magali Farms with a three-furlong breeze in 37.60 for trainer Carl O’Callaghan … Alexis Barba worked her 4-year-old stakes winners: Make Music for Me in a bullet six furlongs in 1:12.20 on turf, and Alphie’s Bet in :39 for three furlongs on the main track…English-born trainer Ben Cecil and jockey Mike Smith were both back at work at Hollywood Park after spending the past week at Royal Ascot in England. “Majestic…beautiful,” said Smith of his impressions of his first visit to the meet, in which he finished fourth on Gentlemans Code in a 2-year-old stake for trainer Wesley Ward …Agent Joe Griffin, who worked in Northern California the past five years, has returned to this circuit to handle the book of Edwin Maldonado …Trainer Beau Greely has transferred his stable to Marty Jones while he recovers from hip surgery…Trainer Ruben Cardenas said that Chilean import Ashtar will probably make his United States debut in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile July 2, a race also expected to attract defending champion Victor’s Cry…Jockey Rafael Bejarano turns 29 Thursday.
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