Slim Shadey Back For Another Crack At Whittingham; Charlie Em, Scarlet Strike Meet Again In Honeymoon

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Posted 06.05.13 at 12:21

Charlie Em and jockey Garrett Gomez win the Senorita Stakes. © Benoit Photo Slim Shadey, under Gary Stevens, takes the San Marcos Stakes at Santa Anita. © Benoit Photo

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 5, 2013)—Triple Grade II winner Slim Shadey will seek his first victory over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course in the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap Saturday.

A Grade II at 1 ¼ miles, the Whittingham is the most lucrative of three – all on turf – stakes races to be offered Saturday.

The others are the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap, a Grade II for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles and the $70,000 Manhattan Beach Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

The Whittingham goes as the fourth of 11 races. The Manhattan Beach is the eighth and the Honeymoon the 10th.

In conjunction with the simulcast of the 145th Belmont Stakes, Hollywood Park will have an early (11 a.m.) post time Saturday.

Track gates will open at 8 a.m. The first simulcast from Belmont Park will be run at 8:35 a.m. The Belmont Stakes will be simulcast between the eighth and ninth races at Betfair Hollywood Park. Scheduled post time for the final jewel of the Triple Crown is 3:36 p.m. PDT.

Owned by breeder Phil Cunningham and trained by Simon Callaghan, Slim Shadey will be seeking to rebound from a sixth place finish over a yielding surface in the Grade I Turf Classic May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Second behind three-time winner Acclamation in the 2012 Whittingham, Slim Shadey, a 5-year-old gelded son of Val Royal, has won five of 28. Out of the Chief’s Crown mare Vino Veritas, the English-bred has earned $622,314.

All Squared Away cuts back in distance after finishing second – beaten by a nose by Interaction – in the Grade II San Juan Capistrano Handicap April 21 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Peter Miller for a partnership that includes Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable and Wire to Wire Stables, the 4-year-old Bellamy Road gelding out of the Posse mare Squared has won four of 21 and banked $334,809.

Second behind Dhaamer in the Round Table Handicap May 12 in his first race over the turf at Betfair Hollywood Park, Lime Rickey will seek his first win of the year in the Whittingham.

Owned by a partnership that includes Beauchamp, Smith and Whitney LLC and trainer Bill Spawr, the 7-year-old Lemon Drop Kid gelding out of the Deputy Minister mare Kootenai has won seven of 40 and earned $457,067.

Undefeated in three appearances over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass, Lucky Primo returns from a layoff for trainer Joshua Litt.

The 7-year-old gelded son of Atticus and the Personal Flag mare Live Free Or Die hasn’t been seen since winning the California Cup Classic on the dirt at Santa Anita last Oct. 13.

Owned by J B K Stable and Jason Litt, Lucky Primo has won six of 16 and his bankroll is $437,616. He won an allowance by 2 ¼ lengths as the 5-2 favorite in his most recent start at Betfair Hollywood Park last July 14.

Niagara Falls will be making his fourth start of the Spring/Summer meet for Mrs. Paul Shanahan and trainer Patrick Biancone. The 4-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway and the Kingmambo mare Istikbal has won twice at the current season, including an optional claimer by 4 ¼ lengths going 12 furlongs May 24. A winner twice in seven starts, Niagara Falls has banked $85,392.

Third in the San Juan Capistrano, Smart Ellis will be aiming to improve upon a 12th place finish in the Grade I Hollywood Derby last Nov. 25 in his first race over the local turf.

Owned by breeders Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella, Smart Ellis, a 4-year-old Smarty Jones colt out of the El Gran Senor mare Corrazona, has won three of 12 and earned $169,840. Mandella won this race in 1996 with Sandpit when it was called the Hollywood Turf Handicap.

No better than fifth in five previous starts in graded stakes, Tale of a Champion steps up after winning the March Madness Handicap March 30 at Santa Anita.

Owned by Kretz Racing LLC and trained by Kristin Mulhall, the 5-year-old Tale of the Cat horse out of the Seattle Slew mare If Angels Sang has won five of 13 and earned $149,708.

From inside out, the field for the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap: Lucky Primo, Tyler Baze rides, 116 pounds; All Squared Away, Corey Nakatani, 119; Smart Ellis, Victor Espinoza, 115; Tale of a Champion, Joe Talamo, 115; Slim Shadey, David Flores, 122; Niagara Falls, Martin Pedroza, 114 and Lime Rickey, Rafael Bejarano, 113.

In the Honeymoon, Charlie Em and Scarlet Strike, the 1-2 finishers in the Grade III Senorita Stakes May 11, top the field of six.

Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trained by Paddy Gallagher, who won the 2005 Honeymoon with Three Degrees and again in 2007 with Valbenny, Charlie Em surprised Scarlet Strike by a head in her United States debut in the Senorita.

A daughter of Kheleyf out of the Pivotal mare Miss Meggy, Charlie Em has won four of nine and earned $75,678.

The 3-5 choice in the Senorita, Scarlet Strike was wide throughout in the Senorita and came up short in the photo finish.

A Smart Strike filly out of the French Deputy mare Scarlet Tango, Scarlet Strike has two wins in 11 outings and a bankroll of $352,340 for a partnership that includes John Carver, Green Smith and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

Hollendorfer will also saddle Macha, a Majestic Warrior filly he owns with Green B. Smith, Jr. Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Giant Leap, the New York bred has two wins in seven races and earnings of $72,020.

Macha is 1-for-1 over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf, winning a $54,250 allowance by 2 ½ lengths May 17.

Kyriaki stretches to the distance of her lone victory after finishing third in the Senorita for owner Domenic Savides and trainer Peter Eurton. The Scat Daddy filly out of the Dixieland Band mare Tally Ho Dixie has started four times and earned $52,570. She graduated by a half-length March 2 at Santa Anita.

Eurton, who won the 2012 Honeymoon with My Gi Gi, could be the first trainer to repeat since Paulo Lobo went back-to-back with Quero Quero in 2003 and Lovely Rafaela in 2004.

In search of his first Honeymoon victory, Sadler is scheduled to send out Sweet Red Cat and Scooter Bird.

Owned by the Batchelor Family Trust and Judi Partridge, Sweet Red Cat has won two of seven. The Bluegrass Cat filly out of the Lord Avie mare Sweet Soul was fourth as the favorite in the allowance won by Macha last month. She’s earned $83,390.

Scooter Bird broke her maiden by a nose – at the Honeymoon distance – May 17 in her fifth start on turf. The daughter of War Pass and the Well Decorated mare Miz Emmalou has earned $44,090 in seven overall races for Hronis Racing LLC.

Mandella, who won the 1993 Honeymoon with Likeable Style, will be represented by Sarach. Owned by the Wertheimers, the Arch filly out of the Atticus mare Eximius is 2-for-7 with a bankroll of $78,742.

Wittgenstein will be trying to rebound from a subpar performance – ninth of 10 – in the Grade II Providencia April 6 at Santa Anita.

The Irish bred daughter of Shamardal and the Definite Article mare La Vita E Bella has won two of 12 and earned $76,165. She’s trained by Doug O’Neill, who won the 2000 Honeymoon with Classy Cara, for Reddam Racing, LLC.

Becky Lou steps into graded company after a nose win at 32-1 in an optional claimer in her U.S. bow April 18 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Matt Chew for Daniel O’Neill, the Johannesburg filly out of the El Corredor mare Elle Nicole has won two of six and banked $44,796.

Second behind Macha May 17 in her return to Betfair Hollywood Park, Somethingabouther has one win in 10 starts and earnings of $70,100. The War Chant filly out of the Mt. Livermore mare Mountain Bonfire is trained by Jim Cassidy, who captured the 2010 Honeymoon with Evening Jewel, for owner Deron Pearson.

Blingismything was a first out winner at 15-1 going a mile May 4 The daughter of Arch and the General Meeting mare Dancing General earned $31,200 for the victory for Class Racing Stable and trainer Eric Kruljac.

From inside out, the field for the Honeymoon Handicap: Somethingabouther, David Flores rides, 114 pounds; Scooter Bird, Kevin Krigger, 114; Blingismything, Brice Blanc, 114; Macha, Martin Pedroza, 116; Scarlet Strike, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Becky Lou, Tyler Baze, 115; Wittgenstein, Mario Gutierrez, 115; Sarach, Martin Garcia, 116; Charlie Em, Victor Espinoza, 119; Sweet Red Cat, Alonso Quinonez, 115 and Kyriaki, Joe Talamo, 116.

The 123-pound top weight in the Manhattan Beach is Judy in Disguise. Trained by Callaghan for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, the Elusive City filly out of the Machiavellian mare Tomorrow’s World has won two of four – including the Sweet Life Stakes Feb. 16 at Santa Anita – since coming to the United States.

Her opponents, from inside out, include Kinz Funky Monkey, Upbeat Mood, Disko Dasko, Tizmetizyou, Unwritten Law, Lady Rosamond and My Lil Shamrock.

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