INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 16, 2012)—Zazu, a multiple graded stakes winner, will make her first start as a 4-year-old in the $150,000 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A Grade II at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Everett, which was formerly called the Milady Handicap, was renamed this year to honor Mrs. Everett, the former chairwoman, chief executive officer and president of Hollywood Park who died March 23. The card also includes the Railbird Stakes, a Grade III for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs.
In conjunction with the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, Betfair Hollywood Park will have an early 11 a.m. post time Saturday. Track gates open at 8 a.m. The first simulcast from Pimlico goes at 8:30 a.m. Approximate post time for the Preakness is 3:20 p.m. PDT, so it will be shown locally between the eighth and ninth races.
Preakness Day at Betfair Hollywood Park will also feature a baseball cap giveaway saluting Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another. The son of Flower Alley, who is stabled at Betfair Hollywood Park and broke his maiden here last July, will try to become the first horse to win the Derby and Preakness since Big Brown in 2008.
The black cap with an insignia of owner J. Paul Reddam’s purple and white silks will be given one per paid admission while supplies last.
Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss and trained by John Sadler, Zazu has been idle since capturing the Grade I Lady’s Secret Stakes last Oct. 1 at Santa Anita.
A gray daughter of Tapit and the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line, Zazu has won four of 11 and earned $682,985. Zazu, who defeated 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty in the Grade II Hollywood Oaks last June 25, has been worse than third only once in her career.
Trainer Ron Ellis will be seeking his third win in this race when he saddles Include Me Out for owner Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable. The other victories for Ellis came with Twice the Vice in 1996 and I Ain’t Bluffing – for Jay Em Ess – in 1998.
A 4-year-old Include filly out of the Mazel Trick mare Don’t Trick Her, Include Me Out enters off consecutive graded victories at Santa Anita. The Kentucky bred won the Grade II La Canada by 4 ¼ lengths Jan. 22 before winning the Grade I Santa Margarita by 3 ¼ lengths March 17. Successful four times in eight starts, Include Me Out has earned $363,600.
Ellafitz, who had a three race win streak snapped when fourth at 4-5 in the Santa Margarita, returns to the scene of her victory in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap last Dec. 4.
Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for owner D & E Racing LLC, the 5-year-old daughter of Tiznow and the Dixieland Band mare Skat Girl has won six of 15 and banked $415,957.
Fresh off an allowance win over Cushion Track April 26, Caelis will be making her graded debut for owners Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable and trainer Peter Miller. The 4-year-old Avonbridge filly out of the Lyphard mare Shona has won four of 17 and earned $86,858.
A full sister to multiple graded stakes winner Colonel John, Kayce Ace will be seeking her fourth win in six starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track. Owned by Casner Racing LP and trained by Eoin Harty, the 5-year-old daughter of Tiznow and the Turkoman mare Sweet Damsel is 3-for-13 lifetime with a bankroll of $149,190.
She has made two appearances in graded races, finishing seventh in both the Grade III Selene in 2010 at Woodbine and the Grade II Santa Maria earlier this year at Santa Anita.
Last of seven in the Grade II La Troienne won by longshot Juanita May 4 at Churchill Downs, Love Theway Youare returns to Southern California for owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho. The 4-year-old Arch filly out of the Tabasco Cat mare Diversa has two wins in 17 attempts and has earned $212,990.
The Kentucky bred has lost 10 in a row since winning consecutive starts in 2011. She defeated maidens April 1 at Santa Anita before taking an optional claimer over Cushion Track three weeks later.
Suzettes Friend will be making her first start since Aug. 26, 2011 for owner Raymond Taylor and trainer Rafael DeLeon.
A 6-year-old daughter of Friends Lake and the Gulch mare Kelbey, Suzettes Friend has four wins in 19 starts and earnings of $112,048. She has never competed in a graded event.
From inside out, the field for the Marjorie L. Everett Handicap: Include Me Out, Joe Talamo rides, 120 pounds; Caelis, Kevin Krigger, 114; Love Theway Youare, Alonso Quinonez, 116; Suzettes Friend, Eswan Flores, 112; Kayce Ace, Martin Garcia, 114; Zazu, Garrett Gomez, 121 and Ellafitz, Rafael Bejarano, 120.
In the Railbird, Killer Graces will shoot for her fourth stakes win at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Successful in the Cinderella, Landaluce and Grade I Hollywood Starlet as a 2-year-old in 2011, Killer Graces will be going turf to synthetic and cutting back in distance Saturday.
Owned by a partnership that includes Daniel Borislow, Gillian Campbell, Steve Melen and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Killer Graces was third in her turf debut in the Grade III Providencia in her most recent start April 7 at Santa Anita.
A Congaree filly out of the Old Trieste mare Heatherdoesntbluff, Killer Graces has three wins in 11 starts and has banked $432,830.
Hollendorfer also entered Via Villaggio, who was fifth in the Grade III Senorita on turf May 5.
Owned by Steve Beneto, the Bernardini filly out of the Alhaarth mare Hoh Buzzard has won two of nine and earned $61,070.
A winner twice in three starts for the Mosses, who also bred her in Kentucky, and Sadler, Sister Moon will be making her graded debut. The Dixie Union filly out of the Pulpit mare has earned $86,310.
Sadler is seeking his third Railbird win. The trainer won with Melair in 1986 and and Sportfull Snob (1994).
Fourth in an optional claimer on turf May 5, Lady Fairbanks will also be making her initial appearance in a graded race. Owned by West Point Thoroughbreds and trained by Craig Dollase, the daughter of Pure Prize and the Yes It’s True mare Yes It’s Royalty is 1-for-7 with earnings of $51,980.
Completing the field is Dijarvo, an English bred daughter of Iceman and the Wolfhound mare Thicket. Trained by Paddy Gallagher for Harlequin Ranches, Dijarvo has won two of six and earned $51,052. Her victories came in England and France. She is winless in two races in the United States.
From inside out, the field for the Railbird Stakes: Sister Moon, Garrett Gomez rides, 117 pounds; Lady Fairbanks, Joe Talamo, 115; Killer Graces, Rafael Bejarano, 123; Via Villaggio, Martin Pedroza, 117 and Dijarvo, Martin Garcia, 117.
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