INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 9, 2011)—Peter Miller, Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer and Ben Cecil will all be seeking to become the first trainer to win the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for a second time Saturday at Hollywood Park.
An ungraded event for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Real Quiet – named in honor of the winner of the 1997 Hollywood Futurity, the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness and 1999 Hollywood Gold Cup – is the eighth of nine races Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m.
An Indiana bred son of El Nino and the Marquetry mare Make My Marq, Senor Rain will be trying to make it back-to-back victories in the Real Quiet for Miller and co-owner Gary Barber. Miller and Barber, in partnership with Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara, won the 2010 renewal with Comma to the Top. The Real Quiet score was the first of three stakes wins for Comma to the Top during the Autumn meet. The gelding also captured the Generous and the CashCall Futurity en route to being honored as Horse of the Meet.
A four length winner of a starter allowance when the 7-5 favorite last month at Santa Anita, Senor Rain has won two of five and earned $61,416.
Hollendorfer, who won the 2008 Real Quiet with Chocolate Candy, will be represented Saturday by Rousing Sermon.
Owned by breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams, Rousing Sermon was a decisive winner of the California Cup Juvenile Oct. 29 when making his first start around two turns. The son of Lucky Pulpit and the Awesome Again mare Rousing Again has two wins in four attempts and a bankroll of $114,000.
Cecil, who won the inaugural Real Quiet in 2005 with Genre – after the disqualification of Bob and John – will send out Captain Obvious.
A recent private purchase by J. Paul Reddam, Captain Obvious is an Irish bred son of Choisir and the Spectrum mare Taqqara. He won once in three starts in his native country, earning $29,615.
Second in last year’s renewal with Prayer for Relief, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will start recent maiden winner Liaison. Owned by Arnold Zetcher LLC, the son of Indian Charlie and the Victory Gallop mare Galloping Gal has earned $34,560 in two races.
A Tiznow colt out of the Storm Bird mare Windmill Point, Tiz Point is 1-for-3 with earnings of $32,160 for owner-breeder Diamond A Racing Corporation and trainer Richard Mandella.
Owned by W.C. Racing, Westside Rentals.com and Dave Kenney and trained by Doug O’Neill, Runstevierun has one win in five starts and a bankroll of $34,180. The son of Stevie Wonderboy and the Rubiano mare Beloved by All captured the C.B. Afflerbaugh Sept. 14 at Fairplex Park. It was the first stakes win for Runstevierun’s sire, the champion 2-year-old of 2005.
From inside out, the field for the Real Quiet Stakes: Senor Rain, Martin Garcia rides, 115 pounds; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Runstevierun, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 119; Tiz Point, Garrett Gomez, 117; Captain Obvious, Joel Rosario, 117 and Liaison, Rafael Bejarano, 117.
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