Photo: Hollywood Park
All Star Heart, who was successful in her first start of the year in
the Redondo Beach Stakes June 10, will try to remain perfect over the
Betfair Hollywood Park grass in the Royal Heroine Mile.
Owned by breeder Gerald Gibbs and trained by Hall of Famer Ron
McAnally, the 5-year-old daughter of Arch and the Ascot Knight mare Gift
of the Heart has won six of 16 and earned $305,385.
All of her wins have come since she joined the McAnally barn late in
2010. She is seeking her second win in a Grade II, having captured the
Las Palmas last Nov. 6 at Santa Anita. McAnally won the 2001 Royal
Heroine with Kalatiara.
Trained by John Shirreffs for owner Eric Kronfeld, Nereid will be
looking for her first win since she finished in a dead heat with Cambina
in the Grade I American Oaks last July 16.
The Rock Hard Ten filly has lost four times since, including a sixth
place finish as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I Gamely May 28. Out of
the Belong to Me mare Dowery, Nereid has won three of eight and banked
Runner-up in the Gamely, Quiet Oasis shortens to the distance of her victory in the Grade III
Wilshire Handicap April 29. Trained by Ben Cecil for owner J. Paul
Reddam, the Irish bred has won three of nine and earned $172,379. Quiet
Oasis is a daughter of Oasis Dream and the Sunday Silence mare Silent
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won this race in 2009
with Tuscan Evening, will be represented by City to City, a mare he
co-owns with William DeBurgh and Mark DeDomenico.
The 5-year-old daughter of City Zip and the Storm Cat mare Stormbow
has won seven of 27 and has a bankroll of $529,726. She was fourth in
the Gamely, 2 ½ lengths behind winner Belle Royale.
Third behind All Star Heart in the Redondo Beach, Briecat is a
double winner over the local grass, including the Grade II Las Palmas
Handicap during the 2010 Oak Tree season. Owned by David and Holly
Wilson and trained by Vladimir Cerin, the 7-year-old daughter of Adcat
and the Marlin mare Silk Briefcase is 10-for-34 with earnings of
Ninth Infantry stretches out after winning an optional claimer at
six furlongs May 24 in her first start of the year for trainer David
Owned by a partnership that includes James McFeeters and Sandy
Weinstock Farm, the 5-year-old daughter of Forest Danger and the Lemon
Drop Kid mare Sapphire N Chiffon has won seven of 16 and banked
In Ninth Infantry’s lone prior start in a graded race, the Kentucky
bred finished eighth of nine in the Grade II Palomar Handicap last Sept.
5 at Del Mar.
The upset winner of the Great Lady M. Stakes at six furlongs May 27,
Mega Dream will make only the second start of her career at one mile.
Owned by Barry Arnason, Jerry Durant and Mersad Metanovic and
trained by Jeff Bonde, the 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and the
St. Jovite mare Dream Away is 4-for-11 with earnings of $146,585. She
is 2-for-2 since being purchased for $40,000 at a Keeneland mixed sale
earlier this year by her current connections.
Up In Time returns to Southern California for trainer Simon
Callaghan after finishing fourth in the Grade I Just A Game June 9 at
Belmont Park. The 4-year-old Noverre filly out of the Inchinor mare Up
At Dawn has won four of 15 and earned $255,576. The English bred is
owned by Three Chimneys Racing LLC and Lordship Stud.
From inside out, the field for the 16th Royal Heroine Mile: Ninth
Infantry, Chantal Sutherland rides, 115 pounds; Up In Time, Rafael
Bejarano, 121; City to City, Martin Pedroza, 121; All Star Heart, Brice
Blanc, 121; Quiet Oasis, Mario Gutierrez, 119; Briecat, Victor Espinoza,
115; Mega Dream, Garrett Gomez, 115 and Nereid, Joe Talamo, 123.