INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 12, 2013)—Teddy’s Promise, who has earned half of her career wins at Betfair Hollywood Park, will make her final start over Cushion Track in the $100,000 Playa del Rey Stakes Sunday.
An ungraded race at six furlongs for older fillies and mares, the Playa del Rey, which returned to the stakes schedule this year for the first time since 2010, is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. and track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by breeders Ted and Judy Nichols and trained by Ron Ellis, Teddy’s Promise has won five of 11 at Betfair Hollywood Park, including victories in the 2012 and 2013 Time to Leave Stakes.
A 5-year-old daughter of Salt Lake and the Capote mare Braids and Beads, Teddy’s Promise, who is 10-for-27 lifetime with earnings of $822,397, comes off an eighth-place finish, 7 ½ lengths behind repeat winner Groupie Doll, in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Nov. 2.
Rumor will be making her first start since finishing fourth in the Grade II A Gleam Handicap – a race in which Teddy’s Promise was second – July 13 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella for Ramona Bass, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, the 5-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie and the Deputy Minister mare Mini Chat has won six of 16 and banked $406,391.
Trained by Simon Callaghan for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, Judy in Disguise shortens up and returns to a synthetic surface after finishing second behind Becky Lou in a $56,000 turf allowance at one mile Nov. 24.
The 3-year-old Elusive City filly out of the Machiavellian mare Tomorrow’s World has won four of 14 and earned $153,404. The English-bred has yet to compete over Cushion Track.
Trainer John Sadler, who has won two of the first three runnings of the Playa Del Rey Stakes – Lady Gamer (2007) and Sister Dawn (2010) – will be represented Sunday by Sky High Gal and Minds Eyes.
Owned by Hronis Racing, LLC, Sky High Gal will be making her first start on something other than turf.
The 3-year-old Leroidesanimaux filly out of the Sky Classic mare Shahrazad has won three of six and earned $126,333. She finished fourth in the Grade III Sen. Ken Maddy Stakes in her last start Nov. 2.
A 4-year-old Macho Uno filly out of the Pulpit mare Blessings Count owned by Desert Sun Stables and Michael Talla, Minds Eyes has won three of 10 and earned $146,010. She was ninth in the Maddy.
Twitter Pie returns to Southern California for trainer Jeff Bonde after winning an optional claimer over Golden Gate’s Tapeta surface Nov. 22.
Owned by a large partnership that includes breeder Catesby Clay and Mersad Metanovich, the 4-year-old Harlan’s Holiday filly out of the Birdonthewire mare Bird Chatter has four wins in 15 attempts and a bankroll of $106,526.
She finished fourth and sixth in a pair of races in May, 2012 in two previous appearances at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The Playa del Rey cast is completed by There Is No Limit and Warren’s Blossom, both trained by Doug O’Neill.
Owned by breeder Dr. Andries N. Botha, There Is No Limit has won four of five starts over Cushion Track, including a victory against $32,000 claimers Nov. 8.
A 6-year-old daughter of Johannesburg and the Smarten mare Silent Request, There Is No Limit has nine wins in 29 starts and earnings of $271,880.
Warren’s Blossom, who has two victories and two seconds in five starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track, will run for the first time for O’Neill after being claimed for $25,000 Oct. 26 by Arindel Farm.
Bred in California by Benjamin C. Warren, the 6-year-old daughter of Extra and the Present Value mare Past `n Present has won five of 12 and earned $185,940.
From inside out, the field for the 4th Playa del Rey Stakes: Twitter Pie, Agapito Delgadillo rides, 120 pounds; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 126; Judy in Disguise, Martin Garcia, 116; Rumor, Mike Smith, 124; There Is No Limit, Joe Talamo, 120; Warren’s Blossom, Martin Pedroza, 116; Minds Eyes, Rafael Bejarano, 118 and Sky High Gal, Edwin Maldonado, 116.
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