INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 17, 2011)—Woebegon, a first out maiden winner over Cushion Track June 26, will make her first start in some 2 ½ months in the $100,000 Moccasin Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Won a year ago by Turbulent Descent, the Moccasin is for 2-year-old fillies and contested at seven furlongs. It is the third of nine races. Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m.
Owned by Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Peter Miller, Woebegon was nearly 14-1 when she wired nine opponents in her debut. Since then, the daughter of Saint Anddan and the Montbrook filly Wontoo has finished fourth in the Landaluce, then was eighth of 10 in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante Sept. 3.
Purchased for $125,000 earlier this year at a Florida sale, Woebegon has earned $36,000 in her three starts.
Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable has been involved with two previous Moccasin winners in partnership with her late parents Jan and Mace Siegel. The Siegels won with Ifyoucouldseemenow in 1990 and Urbane (1994).
Eva’s Joy will make her first appearance in Southern California for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John Sadler.
Purchased privately by her current connections after she prevailed in her debut at Calder Oct. 6, the Kitten’s Joy filly out of the Rahy mare Vineyard Vines was third in the Golden Gate Debutante Nov. 5 at Golden Gate Fields. She’s earned $24,300.
A victory Sunday would be the second in the Moccasin for Sadler, who won with Evita Argentina in 2008.
A two-time winner of the Moccasin, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be represented by Lady Hokulea.
Successful by a neck first time out Sept. 11 at Emerald Downs when in the stable of Jim Penney, Lady Hokulea, who is owned by Kamaaina Thoroughbreds, has earned $9,130. She’s by Roman Ruler out of a Broad Brush mare Tennis Lady.
Baffert’s two wins in the Moccasin came in consecutive years – Victory U.S.A. (2003) and No Bull Baby (2004).
A well-beaten third in the Anoakia Stakes Oct. 22 at Santa Anita, Evelyn’s Dancer will make her Hollywood Park debut for trainer Troy Taylor. A Songandaprayer filly out of the Southern Halo mare Seraphic Too, Evelyn’s Dancer is 2-for-4 with a bankroll of $37,191.
Owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC and North American Thoroughbred Racing Co. Inc., Evelyn’s Dancer earned her wins in the first two starts of her career. She defeated $25,000 maidens June 24 at Emerald Downs, then took a starter allowance sprint July 28 at Del Mar in her first start for her current connections.
Fresh off a maiden victory Oct. 23 at Santa Anita, Made to Love Her is the most experienced member of the field. She’s been worse than third only once in five races, earning $53,960.
Trained by Jim Kasparoff for Copper Penny Stables, Made to Love Her is a daughter of Stevie Wonderboy and the Storm Boot mare Love Boot. In her lone try at Hollywood Park, she was second outing July 7.
From inside out, the field for the 25th Moccasin Stakes: Evelyn’s Dancer, Mario Gutierrez rides, 116 pounds; Woebegon, Joe Talamo, 116; Made to Love Her, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Eva’s Joy, Joel Rosario, 116 and Lady Hokulea, Martin Garcia, 116.
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