INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 27, 2010)-A winner in her only previous start on turf, Southern Fireball will return to grass in the $60,000 Manhattan Beach Stakes on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Owned by King Arthur Farms, George Bolton, Robert Masters and Michael Lewis and trained by Doug O’Neill, the daughter of Southern Image and the Carson City mare Hot Moon will have six opponents in the Manhattan Beach, an ungraded race for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.
Sixth of nine in the Railbird, a Grade III, on May 9 in her first start of the meet, Southern Fireball won on the hillside course at Santa Anita on April 4. In her initial race of 2010, the $25,000 yearling purchase won a first level allowance by a half-length over Elusive Galaxy.
Martin Garcia has the mount the mount on Southern Fireball, who has won two of six and earned $65,031. Her maiden win came on Cushion Track at Hollywood Park on May 14, 2009.
Trainer Mark Glatt will be represented by Come Home Quick, the only member of the field to have raced over the Hollywood Park turf course.
Owned by Cory Wagner, Come Home Quick, a Limehouse filly out of the Private Account mare Ransomed Bride was successful in her local debut. Facing maidens at the Manhattan Beach distance, Come Home Quick led throughout on May 7. She will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano and carry 115 pounds, two less than Southern Fireball.
The 121 pound high weight in the field is Repo. A California bred daughter of In Excess and the Walter Willy mare Miss Nicolie, Repo trailed in her first on turf on May 1.
Trained by O’Neill for owner J. Paul Reddam, Repo has three wins in eight starts, including stakes scores in the Landaluce here last June 11 and in the California Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association at Del Mar on July 12. The top earner in the Manhattan Beach with $192,622, Repo will be ridden by Joel Rosario.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the Manhattan Beach with Starry Pursuit in 2008, will send out Five Silver Stars and Washington Bridge.
Owned by Hollendorfer, Halo Farms and Three Sisters Thoroughbreds, Five Silver Stars has won two of three and banked $32,500.
Her victories came by 10 lengths against maidens at Prairie Meadows last Aug. 10 and in an optional claimer at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 16. In her first appearance in Southern California, the daughter of Five Star Day and the Mountain Cat mare Marchmont finished last of seven on Cushion Track on April 28. Joe Talamo will ride.
Washington Bridge, a Yankee Gentleman filly out of the Prized mare Sterling Bridge, has won two of 11 for co-owners Hollendorfer and Mark DeDomenico. An earner of $61,410, she has yet to try turf. Both of her wins have come at Golden Gate. Tyler Baze has the call.
Pincelada and Got An Itch round out the field.
From the inside out, here is the lineup for the 10th running of the Manhattan Beach Stakes: Repo, Joel Rosario rides, 121 pounds; Come Home Quick, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Southern Fireball, Martin Garcia, 117; Pincelada, Victor Espinoza, 117; Five Silver Stars, Joe Talamo, 117; Got An Itch, Alex Bisono, 119 and Washington Bridge, Tyler Baze, 117.
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