INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 19, 2011)—St Trinians, second behind Zenyatta in the 2010 Vanity Handicap, returns to Hollywood Park Saturday for the $150,000 Milady Handicap.
A Grade II for older fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Milady is the more lucrative of two stakes Hollywood Park will offer Saturday. The other is the $100,000 Railbird Stakes, a Grade III for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. The Milady is the fifth of 11 races, the Railbird is the 10th.
In conjunction with the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes, Hollywood Park will have an early 11 a.m. post time Saturday. Track gates open at 8 a.m. The first of 11 races simulcast from Pimlico goes at 8:43 a.m. Post time for the Preakness is 3:18 p.m. PDT, so it will be shown between the eighth and ninth races at Hollywood Park.
Owned by Daniel Capen and Laura Chavers and trained by Mike Mitchell, St Trinians had the lead approaching the wire in last year’s Vanity, but couldn’t withstand Zenyatta’s late burst, ultimately losing by a half-length.
Sidelined for eight months after that performance, the English bred mare returned in the Santa Maria Feb. 12 at Santa Anita. The defending champion in the Grade II, St Trinians had to settle for third, then was fourth in the Santa Margarita a month later.
The 6-year-old daughter of Piccolo, who won by seven lengths in her Cushion Track debut Dec. 3, 2009 in her second start in the United States, will be seeking her eighth victory in her 16th lifetime outing. She has earned $344,587.
Ultra Blend will aim for her third win in a row and fifth in her last six outings for owner Nels Erickson and trainer Art Sherman. The California bred daughter of Richly Blended and the Desert Classic mare Ankha comes off a win in the B. Thoughtful Stakes on the California Gold Rush program April 23. The win was her third in four races over Cushion Track. The 5-year-old has won nine of 20 overall while earning $535,646.
Perfect in two starts on the Hollywood Park main, Washington Bridge will make her first start since finishing in a dead heat for third in the Doubledogdare, a Grade III, April 22 at Keeneland.
Owned by Mark DeDomenico and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Yankee Gentleman filly out of the Prized mare Stirling Bridge won the restricted Life Is Sweet Stakes and the Bayakoa Handicap, a Grade II, in succession during the 2010 Autumn meet. She has five wins in 21 starts with earnings of $248,464.
Tanda, who won the 2010 Railbird Stakes in her second try over Cushion Track, will be making her two turn debut. The 4-year-old daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint and the Dr. Caton mare Doc’s Stormy Girl has four wins in eight attempts and has banked $223,710. She is trained by Dan Hendricks for Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable LLC.
Owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, who won the Milady in 2008 and 2009 with Zenyatta, will try for another victory with Makoma. The 4-year-old homebred daughter of Malibu Moon and the Dixieland Band mare Rhapsodic will be making her graded stakes debut Saturday. She has won two of five and earned $75,000.
A win by Makoma would be the fourth in the Milady in six years for Shirreffs, who also took the 2006 renewal with Proposed.
Church Camp will also be seeking a first graded win as she tries for her third victory in a row for a partnership that includes Judith Carmel and Legacy Ranch and trainer Brian Koriner. The 4-year-old Forest Camp filly out of the Demons Begone mare Holy Forest has won four of nine and banked $146,420.
In her first venture around two turns, Church Camp won the restricted Santa Lucia March 27 at Santa Anita. The Kentucky bred prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths at the Milady distance.
No worse than second in five career outings for Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert, American Story is also making her initial appearance in a graded event. The 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper and the Meadowlake mare Holiday Runner has three wins and a bankroll of $159,200.
In her first Hollywood Park start, American Story won an optional claimer as the 3-5 favorite April 22.
Owned by the Estate of Frank Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC and trained by Peter Eurton, She’s Cheeky has failed to win in four previous appearances in graded races. Her best finish was a third in the 2009 Santa Monica at Santa Anita.
A 6-year-old daughter of Black Minnaloushe and the Saint Ballado mare Zadkiel, She’s Cheeky has won three of 18 and earned $235,633.
From inside out, the field for the Milady Handicap: Tanda, Joel Rosario rides, 117 pounds; Washington Bridge, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Church Camp, Tyler Baze, 115; She’s Cheeky, Brice Blanc, 113; St Trinians, Joe Talamo, 119; American Story, Alonso Quinonez, 114; Ultra Blend, David Flores, 118 and Makoma, Chantal Sutherland, 112.
Pedaltothemedal, a winner in her 2011 debut April 24, will be aiming for her third victory in four starts in the Railbird.
Trained by Sherman for Ackerman Stables LLC, the Medallist filly out of the Meadowlake mare Something Brewing has earned $69,400. The 6-1 allowance upset last month was her first start since she had defeated maidens last July 25 at Del Mar.
Owned by John Carver, Mark DeDomenico and trainer Hollendorfer, Alec’s Moon is returning to a synthetic surface and trying a shorter distance after finishing third in the Golden Poppy last month on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. The daughter of Malibu Moon and the Conquistador Cielo mare Bello Cielo has four wins in nine starts and earnings of $124,240.
Second behind Pedaltothemedal earlier in the meet, Big Tiz has a win in seven races for owners Allen and Susan Branch and Cory Wagner and trainer Mark Glatt. The Kentucky bred is a Tiznow filly out of the Carson City mare Squall City. She has banked $140,110.
An 8 ½ length winner against $50,000 claimers April 30, Advantage Player will try tougher for Doubledown Stables Inc. and trainer Peter Miller. The Bernstein filly out of the With Approval mare Regal Approval has two wins in six attempts with earnings of $67,533.
Shah and Baffert will be represented in the Railbird by May Day Rose, who returns to California after winning the Instant Racing Stakes April 16 at Oaklawn Park. The win was the fourth in eight starts for the Rockport Harbor filly. Out of the Pine Bluff mare May Day Bluff, May Day Rose has earned $264,555.
In two races over Cushion Track, the Florida bred has a win in the Sharp Cat Stakes last Nov. 7, followed by a fourth place finish in the Grade I Hollywood Starlet.
Trainer John Sadler, who won the Railbird with Melair in 1988 and Sportfull Snob in 1994, will seek another victory with Hout Bay. Owned by breeder Keith Abrahams and Michael Talla, the Harlan’s Holiday filly out of the West by West mare Western Rush has one win in three races, earning $53,440.
Third in the race Pedaltothemedal won last month, Spectacular Sky will be aiming for her second career win for owners AJM Racing LLC and Jason Litt and trainer Marty Jones. The daughter of Sky Mesa and the Boone’s Mill mare La Princesse Jolie has banked $54,750 in five starts.
The lone California bred in the lineup is Warren’s Flyer. Third in the Melair at 1 1/16 miles April 23, the Doc Gus filly out of the French Sassafras mare Perilous Flyer has won two of 10 and earned $114,200 for owner-breeder Benjamin Warren and trainer Jorge Gutierrez.
Owned by a partnership that includes Tom Lenner and Skyline Stables, Orientatious was runner-up against maidens in her lone start April 16 at Santa Anita. Trained by Mike Puype, the daughter of Orientate and the Woodman mare Energise was beaten a half-length as the 8-5 favorite. The second place finish was worth $10,800.
From inside out, the field for the Railbird Stakes: Alec’s Moon, Tyler Baze, 121; Pedaltothemedal, Joe Talamo, 117; Spectacular Sky, Chantal Sutherland, 115; Orientatious, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Advantage Player, Angel Felix, 115; Big Tiz, Patrick Valenzuela, 115; Hout Bay, Alonso Quinonez, 115; Warren’s Flyer, Martin Pedroza, 117 and May Day Rose, Joel Rosario, 121.
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