INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 28, 2011)—Fresh off an upset of Unzip Me in the Las Cienegas Handicap April 9 at Santa Anita, Separate Forest will make her synthetic surface debut in the $70,000 Time To Leave Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Named in honor of the multiple stakes winning mare whose victories at Hollywood Park included the 1968 Senorita Stakes and 1970 Lakes and Flowers Handicap, the Time To Leave is at five furlongs over Cushion Track. It is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m.
A 4-year-old Forestry filly out of the Sam M. mare Separata, Separate Forest defeated Unzip Me, the prohibitive favorite, by a neck in the grassy Las Cienegas for her first graded victory.
The win was the third in four starts for Separate Forest since she was claimed for $25,000 Jan. 14 by trainer Doug O’Neill for owners Suarez Racing Inc., Westside Rentals.com and Darin Tsukashima.
In her only previous appearance at Hollywood Park, Separate Forest was fifth of nine in a six furlong turf allowance for her former connections – Diamond A Racing Corporation and trainer Richard Mandella – last Oct. 9. Overall, she has won five of nine with earnings of $161,500.
Dawnie Macho returns to the scene of her victory in the Landaluce last July 11 in her third race of 2011. Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Larry Nestadt and trained by John Sadler, the 3-year-old daughter of Macho Uno and the Montbrook mare Blush of Dawn was unplaced in her first start of the year in the La Habra Stakes Feb. 21 at Santa Anita, then was third in a Golden Gate Fields allowance April 10.
She won the Landaluce in her first race after being privately purchased by Sadler for the Barbers. The Florida bred has won two of five and earned $80,760.
A four time winner in 2010, Holding Her Ground will be seeking her first win as a 5-year-old for owner-trainer Bobby Wayne Grayson. The daughter of Put It Back and the Blue Buckaroo mare has won five of 17. Her bankroll is $150,315.
Trainer Bob Baffert will be represented in the Time to Leave by Irish Gypsy. Owned by Mike Pegram and John Sikura, the 5-year-old daughter of Hennessy and the Relaunch mare Rayelle has won three of 10 and banked $136,850.
Saint Isabelle was successful in her return to racing after nearly six months on the sidelines, winning an optional claimer by 2 ½ lengths March 19 at Santa Anita.
The victory was the third in eight starts for the 4-year-old Saint Liam filly and the Forty Niner mare Fortyniner Fever. She is trained by Mike Puype for owners Paul Chacon and Little Red Feather Racing.
A seven time winner, Shakenwithanolive will be making her Southern California debut for owner Rick Wiest and trainer Robertino Diodoro. Campaigned previously in Arizona, Canada and Northern California, the 5-year-old daughter of Suave Prospect and the Dauphin Fabuleux mare Green Dauphine has earned $185,330 in 19 races.
Candy’s Pleasure will be aiming for her third win of 2011. Trained by Marcelo Polanco, who co-owns the 4-year-old with Evelyn Ungaro, the daughter of Candy Ride and the All Gone mare All Pleasure has won three of 15 and earned $75,995.
From inside out, the field for the Time To Leave: Irish Gypsy, Martin Garcia rides, 118 pounds; Holding Her Ground, Christian Santiago Reyes, 118; Separate Forest, Patrick Valenzuela, 124; Saint Isabelle, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Dawnie Macho, Tyler Baze, 119; Candy’s Pleasure, Joe Talamo, 118 and Shakenwithanolive, Joel Rosario, 120.
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