INGLEWOOD , Calif. (September 30, 2010)—The Grade I events continue Sunday at Oak Tree at Hollywood Park with a pair of $250,000 stakes races.
Tell a Kelly, an impressive winner of the Darley Debutante on Sept. 4, will face six other 2-year-old fillies – all of whom are looking for their first graded stakes victory – in the Oak Leaf.
Run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Oak Leaf is one of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In’’ races. The winner will earn a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies division.
About 30 minutes later, Bourbon Bay will make his first start since winning the San Juan Capistrano Handicap on April 18 at Santa Anita against seven opponents in the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Presented by TVG.
The Oak Leaf will be the seventh on the card and the Clement L. Hirsch is the eighth. Post time is 1 p.m.
Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash and trained by John Sadler, Tell a Kelly has won two of three starts – all at Del Mar – and earned $181,000.
After finishing fifth in her debut on July 25, the Florida bred daughter of Tapit and the Tabasco Cat mare Evrobi defeated maidens on Aug. 15, then was dominant in the Debutante.
Tell a Kelly became a Grade I winner with a 4 ½ length victory in the Debutante, defeating Wickedly Perfect and eight others. She will be ridden by Alonso Quinonez. All starters in the Oak Leaf will carry 122 pounds.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the Oak Leaf for the first time with Blind Luck in 2009, is scheduled to run two fillies – Indian Gracey and Pacific Pride.
Owned by Hollendorfer, Indian Gracey, a daughter of Indian Ocean out of the Matty G mare Miz Betty Grace, comes off a neck maiden victory as the 7-10 favorite on Sept. 5 at Del Mar. Prior to that, she finished 2 ½ lengths behind Tell a Kelly when second as the 3-5 choice. In three starts she has earned $49,400.
Pacific Pride, owned in partnership by Hollendorfer, John Carver and George Todaro, finished fourth in her July 25 debut, then won by 2 ½ lengths as the odds-on favorite on Aug. 29 at Del Mar. The lone entrant with a win beyond seven furlongs – her maiden score came at one mile – Pacific Pride is by Storm Cat out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Race for the Stars.
A daughter of Rock Hard Ten out of the Gone West mare Alienated, Alienation is back in California after two starts at Saratoga . Trained by Bob Baffert for his wife Jill, Alienation graduated on the grass at Hollywood Park in her debut on July 5, then was second in a pair of graded races in New York .
She chased Position Limit in the Adirondack , a Grade II, on Aug. 15, then was defeated four lengths by R Heat Lightning in the Spinaway, a Grade I on Sept. 9. She has earned $104,600.
The only other member of the lineup with a stakes win is True Way of Grace, who captured the Barretts Debutante on Sept. 18 at Fairplex Park .
Owned by Peter O. Johnson and trained by Alexis Barba, the Yes It’s True filly out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Evil’s Causeway had finished eighth and third in her two previous starts at Del Mar. She has earned $57,440.
Completing the field are Rigoletta and Izshelegal, who finished 3-4, respectively, in the Darley Debutante.
Owned by a partnership that includes 3R3 Racing and trained by Terry Knight, Izshelegal is by Maria’s Mon and the A.P. Indy mare Unkatzable. She is seeking her first win in her fourth start and has banked $53,000.
Trained by Dan Hendricks for Thor-Bred Stable LLC, Rigoletta, a daughter of Concerto and the Montbrook mare Almost Aprom Queen, has a win in three races. She has earned $60,820.
The lineup, from inside out, for the 42nd Oak Leaf Stakes: Izshelegal, Mike Smith rides, 122 pounds; Rigoletta, David Flores, 122; Indian Gracey, Joe Talamo, 122; Alienation, Martin Garcia, 122; True Way of Grace, Joel Rosario, 122; Tell a Kelly, Alonso Quinonez, 122 and Pacific Pride, Rafael Bejarano, 122.
Owned by David and Jill Heerensperger and trained by Neil Drysdale, Bourbon Bay wrapped a stellar Santa Anita winter-spring meet with his San Juan victory.
A 4-year-old son of Sligo Bay out of the Conquistador Cielo mare Coral Necklace, Bourbon Bay won three other races during the season. Two of them – like the Capistrano –were Grade II’s.
Bourbon Bay also took the San Luis Obispo and San Luis Rey Handicaps, enabling him to become only the third horse – joining Astray (1974) and Kotashaan (1993) to win all three races.
Third and fourth in two previous starts on the Hollywood Park turf course, Bourbon Bay will also be seeking his first win at the Hirsch distance of 1 ¼ miles. Overall, he has five wins in 13 tries and has banked $389,424.
Rafael Bejarano will ride Bourbon Bay . Like all other starters, the gelding will carry 124 pounds.
Champ Pegasus, who earned his first graded win when taking the Del Mar Handicap, a Grade II, on Aug. 29, will be seeking his fourth win in eight starts for owner-breeders Diamond A Racing Corporation and Arturo Vargas.
Trained by Richard Mandella, who has won the Hirsch on four occasions, the 4-year-old Fusaichi Pegasus colt and the Salt Lake mare Salt Champ has earned $208,520. In his last start at Hollywood Park , Champ Pegasus was second behind the Drysdale-trained Marlang, who was also entered in the Hirsch, in the Sunset Handicap on July 18.
Mandella will also be represented by Worth Repeating. Third in the Del Mar Handicap in his graded debut, the 4-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway and the A.P. Indy mare Lady Nichola has won two of 13 and banked $115,240 for Spendthrift Farm LLC. He won an allowance race locally on May 7.
After his wire-to-wire victory in the Sunset, Marlang, a 5-year-old Langfuhr horse and the Conquistador Cielo mare Marienburg owned by Gustav Schickendanz, finished last in the Sword Dancer, a Grade I, on Aug. 14 at Saratoga. The Canadian bred has won five of 16 while banking $560,712.
The field also includes Buenos Dias and Falcon Rock, who finished second and fourth, respectively, in the Del Mar Handicap, Unusual Suspect, who is winless in 11 starts in 2010 and the California bred Where’s the Remote.
Owned by Greg Unruh, the 4-year-old Unbridled Native gelding and the Corwyn Bay mare Sit Back’n Relax has won two in a row on grass for trainer Mike Mitchell. He’s 3-for-5 lifetime while earning $115,060.
The field, from inside out, for the 42nd Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship: Champ Pegasus, Joel Rosario rides, 124 pounds; Worth Repeating, Joe Talamo, 124; Where’s the Remote, Mike Smith, 124; Unusual Suspect, Patrick Valenzuela, 124; Marlang, Martin Garcia, 124; Bourbon Bay, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Falcon Rock, Corey Nakatani, 124 and Buenos Dias, Brice Blanc, 124.
The nine race card Sunday also includes the ungraded $55,000 Louis R. Rowan Stakes for older fillies and mares.
Scheduled for 6 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track, the Rowan drew a field of five. Baffert will send out Mother Ruth and Fund Raiser. Both will carry 123 pounds. Minute Limit, Taste’s Sis and Silver Swallow were also entered.
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