INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 18, 2010)—First out maiden winner Turbulent Descent will try to make a successful step into stakes company in the $100,000 Moccasin Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Five other 2-year-old fillies were entered in the ungraded race at seven furlongs over Cushion Track. The Moccasin, which will be run for the 24th time, is a prep for the $250,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet Dec. 11.
Owned by a partnership that includes Blinkers On Racing Stable and trained by Mike Puype, Turbulent Descent was the 17-10 favorite when she broke into the game Oct. 3. The daughter of Congrats and the Forestry mare Roger’s Sue did not disappoint, winning much easier than the three-quarters of a length margin of victory would indicate.
A Moccasin win would be a first for Puype. Purchased for $160,000 at a sale in her native Florida earlier in the year, Turbulent Descent’s victory was worth $22,800.
Zasu is also coming off her first win, but it came in her second start for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Sadler. Runner-up in her debut Sept. 4 at Del Mar, Zasu enjoyed an additional eighth of a mile, winning by 2 ¾ lengths Oct. 15 when running 6 ½ furlongs.
A victory by Zazu would be the second in three years in the Moccasin for Sadler. The trainer won with Evita Argentina in 2008.
A gray daughter of Tapit and the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line, Zazu has banked $32,800.
Tales in Excess, who was the winner when Zazu was second at Del Mar, has since lost twice as the odds-on favorite for owner-breeders Awtrey and Dutton Stables. She was second at 3-10 in an allowance contest Oct. 7, then was runner-up to Gone Rebel in the Anoakia Stakes Oct. 24 during the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park meet.
The Tale of the Cat filly and the In Excess mare Excess’s Best has earned $49,620 in three outings.
Sugarinthemorning is the only multiple winner in the field. Owned by Samantha Clement and breeder Stephen Weissman and trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, Sugarinthemorning has won two of three, earning $54,000. She is a California bred daughter of Candy Ride and the In Excess mare Social Belle. The last state bred to win the Moccasin was Spring Awakening in 2007.
A win by Sugarinthemorning would be the third in the race for McAnally. The only trainer to have won the race three times is the late Brian Mayberry. McAnally’s most recent Moccasin win came with Classic Olympio in 1999.
Warren’s Flyer will shorten up a bit after finishing third – a head behind winner Swiss Wild Cat – in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies Oct. 30. The daughter of Doc Gus and the French Sassafras mare Perilous Flyer has won once in five starts and earned $39,600 for owner-breeder Benjamin Warren and trainer Jorge Gutierrez.
Claimed for $32,000 out her maiden victory Oct. 28, Recipient will debut for owner H R C Stable LLC and trainer Jorge Periban. The Point Given filly out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Frost Flower has started three times and earned $12,820.
From inside out, the field for the Moccasin: Warren’s Flyer, Martin Pedroza rides, 116 pounds; Sugarinthemorning, Patrick Valenzuela, 118; Recipient, Joe Talamo, 116; Tales in Excess, Joel Rosario, 116; Turbulent Descent, David Flores, 116 and Zazu, Mike Smith, 116.
The Moccasin is the seventh of nine races. Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m.
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