INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 2, 2010)—Zardana will try to become the fourth multiple winner of the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap when the Grade II is run for the 29th time Sunday at Hollywood Park.
The Bayakoa is the main event on a day when Zenyatta will be honor ed. The 6-year-old mare, who finished her career with 19 wins in 20 starts and more than $7.3 million in earnings, will visit the paddock after the sixth race.
Zenyatta, who will depart for Kentucky Monday to begin her life as a broodmare, will then be paraded in front of the grandstand and clubhouse area, giving local fans a final chance to see the daughter of Street Cry at her home track.
Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m. The Bayakoa, which is run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, is the eighth of nine races.
Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Zardana, like Zenyatta, is trained by John Shirreffs, who has won the Bayakoa a record five times.
Dismissed at 11-1 in 2009, Zardana, a Brazilian bred daughter of Crimson Tide and the Southern Halo mare Dear Filly, prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths.
If the 6-year-old mare repeats Sunday, she would join Star Parade, who won in 2003 and 2005, Starrer (2001-2002) and Manistique (1998-1999) as a two time winner.
Espinoza will again ride Zardana, who has won eight of 22 and banked $464,276. Espinoza has four victories in the race, one less than all time leader Chris McCarron.
Since her win a year ago in the Bayakoa, Zardana has one victory in five starts. That was a 9-1 upset of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the New Orleans Ladies Classic March 13 at the Fair Grounds.
In her most recent appearance, Zardana, who would join Star Parade (2005) as the oldest winner of the Bayakoa, was ninth of 10 in the Spinster Oct. 10 at Keeneland.
Second behind Zardana in this event 12 months ago, Silver Swallow is back for another shot at age 6.
Owned by Gainesway Thoroughbred, Aase Headley and Irwin Molasky and trained by Bruce Headley, Silver Swallow has won four of 27, earning $444,855. She’s a daughter of Alphabet Soup and the Red Ransom mare Topsom.
Washington Bridge steps into graded company after collecting her first win outside Northern California . The 3-year-old daughter of Yankee Gentleman and the Prized mare Stirling Bridge won the Life Is Sweet Stakes Nov. 12. Owned by Mark DeDomenico and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Washington Bridge has four wins in 17 attempts. Her bankroll is $131,089.
A victory by the Kentucky bred would be the fourth by a 3-year-old in the last five runnings of the Bayakoa. Washington Bridge would join Foxysox (2006), Romance Is Diane (2007) and Briecat (2008).
The other 3-year-olds in the lineup are It Tiz and Sister Dawn.
Trained by Mark Glatt for owners Allen and Susan Branch, It Tiz, a daughter of Tiznow out of the Woodman mare Star of the Woods has won four of 12 and earned $206,805. She was second behind Washington Bridge in the Life Is Sweet.
Sister Dawn comes off two consecutive sprint victories – the latest on turf Nov. 14 – and will be making only her second start beyond 6 ½ furlongs. Her only other route try was a fourth in an optional claimer March 4 at Santa Anita at the Bayakoa distance.
Owned by Ike and Dawn Thrash and trained by John Sadler, Sister Dawn, a daughter of Indian Charlie and the Strawberry Road mare Joi’s Flame, has won four of nine. She has earned $153,707.
Zetcher will also be represented by Wynning Ride. Trained by Bob Baffert, the 4-year-old Candy Ride filly out of the Mr. Greeley mare Wynyard has won three of 12, banking $342,108. She was second as the 7-5 favorite in the recent Treasure Chest Nov. 20 at Delta Downs.
Second as the 17-10 choice in the California Cup Matron Oct. 30, Lady Railrider will be seeking her first win of 2010 and first over Cushion Track. Steve Specht trains the 5-year-old daughter of Ride the Rails out of the Lord Carson mare Lady Evergreen for owner-breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams. She has won seven of 21 and earned $433,180.
A stakes winner over Cushion Track, Sweet August Moon is back in California after fifth place finishes in a pair of graded stakes in Kentucky .
Defeated 8 ½ lengths by Dubai Majesty in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs, Sweet August Moon won the A Gleam Handicap July 17 in her last Hollywood Park appearance. Owned by Legacy Ranch and Shirley MacPherson and trained by Brian Koriner, Sweet August Moon has won seven of 19 and earned $462,396.
From inside out, the field for the Bayakoa Handicap: It Tiz, David Flores rides, 114 pounds; Sister Dawn, Alonso Quinonez, 114; Zardana, Victor Espinoza, 118; Silver Swallow, Mike Smith, 115; Wynning Ride, Joe Talamo, 117; Sweet August Moon, Joel Rosario, 116; Washington Bridge, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Lady Railrider, Frank Alvarado, 117.
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