INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 26, 2011)—After a failed try on synthetic, Separate Forest will be back on turf in the $70,000 Great Lady M. Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Named in honor of the multiple graded stakes winning mare trained by D. Wayne Lukas for owner Bob Spreen, the Great Lady M. goes at six furlongs. It is the first of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m.
Trained by Doug O’Neill for Suarez Racing Inc., Darin Tsukashima and Westside Rentals.com, Separate Forest finished sixth as the 2-1 favorite in her first start over Cushion Track in the Time To Leave Stakes May 1. This performance came on the heels of an upset of Unzip Me in the Las Cienegas Handicap, a Grade III, down the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.
Claimed for $25,000 by her current connections Jan. 14, the 4-year-old daughter of Forestry and the Sam M. mare Separata has subsequently won three of five. Overall, Separate Forest has four wins in 10 attempts and has earned $139,500.
Last in the Las Flores Handicap April 2 at Santa Anita in her most recent start, Broken Dreams returns to her preferred surface for owner-breeder Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor.
A 5-year-old daughter of Broken Vow and the Storm Cat mare Our Dreamer, Broken Dreams has earned two of her three lifetime victories on grass. One of her turf wins came in her last appearance at Hollywood Park. The Florida bred won an optional claimer by 2 ¼ lengths at the Great Lady M. distance last Dec. 1.
A disappointing eighth of nine when favored in her United States debut Jan. 30 in the Wishing Well at Santa Anita, Givine has trained well locally for owner Marsha Naify and trainer Julio Canani.
The 4-year-old daughter of Blackdoun and the Double Bed mare Viguerie has won five of nine and earned $101,482. She drilled five furlongs in 59 1/5 over Cushion Track May 19, 11 days after working three-quarters of a mile in 1:13 4/5.
Ultra Awesome is stepping out of the claiming ranks in search of her first win on turf. The 5-year-old Awesome Again mare out of the Honour and Glory mare Ultravase has won eight of 26 and banked $115,100. She was claimed for $20,000 by trainer Carl O’Callaghan for Via Encanto Farms LLC Feb. 27.
In her lone start for O’Callaghan and Via Encanto, Ultra Awesome finished third April 14 on the main track at Santa Anita. In two previous outings on turf, the Kentucky bred finished sixth and fifth.
Supplemented at a cost of $1,400 to the Great Lady M., Lunar Mist has three wins in 12 starts and a bankroll of $99,106. She has one victory in five races since being claimed by trainer Eric Reed for owner Jerry Jamgotchian for $40,000 last Oct. 8 at Keeneland.
The win came when she was 18-1 in an optional claimer going 6 ½ furlongs on the turf at Santa Anita March 31. More recently, Lunar Mist finished seventh of 10 in the $100,000 Giant’s Causeway over the Polytrack at Keeneland April 23.
From inside out, the field for the 17th Great Lady M.: Lunar Mist, Rafael Bejarano rides, 118 pounds; Givine, Joel Rosario, 116; Ultra Awesome, Christian Santiago Reyes, 116; Broken Dreams, Garrett Gomez, 116 and Separate Forest, Patrick Valenzuela, 122.
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