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Be Proud, Georgia Headline Sharp Cat

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send out last out maiden winners Be Proud and Georgia in search of his second victory in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

An ungraded race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Sharp Cat is the third of nine races. Post time Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

The Pick Six pool continues to be guaranteed at $150,000 every Saturday throughout the season, a promotion which began at the 2012 Autumn meet and continued successfully during the Spring/Summer meet earlier this year.

Should the pool reach $200,000, $1 food and drink Happy Hour specials will be available at Whittingham’s Pub and the Betfair Players’ Lounge.

Additionally, a single winning Pick Six ticket –purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG) – will earn a bonus – a new Prius - courtesy of Toyota of Orange.

Every Saturday throughout the meet – and closing day (Sunday, Dec. 22) – will feature a commemorative pin giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last. The pins honor some of the legendary stakes races run at Hollywood Park during its illustrious 75-year history.

Baffert, who won the 2010 Sharp Cat with May Day Rose, can become only the second trainer to win the race more than once. David Hofmans captured the first two renewals in 2005 and 2006 with, respectively, Balance, a half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, and Runway Rosie.

Owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt III, Be Proud won by 5 ¼ lengths going a mile when last seen at Santa Anita Oct. 27.

A daughter of Proud Citizen and the Wild Again mare Wild and Proud, Be Proud has been worse than second only once in five starts. She’s earned $67,400.

Georgia, a Tiz Wonderful filly out of the Wild Rush mare Lone Peak, graduated by four lengths in her second race for Peachtree Stable.

Runner-up to Belle of the Fleet in a sprint at Del Mar Sept. 2, Georgia led throughout as the 11-10 favorite Sept. 27 at Santa Anita, defeating six opponents, including Be Proud. She has banked $43,800.

Pleasant Miss returns to Southern California after finishing third in the Pike Place Dancer on the Golden Gate Fields turf Oct. 26.

Owned by a partnership that includes Halo Farms, Mark Randall, Three Sisters Thoroughbreds and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the Pleasantly Perfect filly has won once in seven races. Out of the Tale of the Cat mare Winter Tide, she has earnings of $92,250.

Saintly Joan upset maidens at nearly 10-1 in her second start Oct. 13 at Santa Anita.

Bred by owners Steve Bajer, Gem, Inc. and Dustin O’Hara, the daughter of Northern Afleet and the El Corredor mare Concinnous won by a half-length going seven furlongs.

Eighth of 10 in her bow at one mile Sept. 1 at Del Mar, Saintly Joan, who is trained by John O’Hara, has earned $29,050.

Completing the field are maidens Arethusa and Perched.

Trained by Eoin Harty, who won the 2008 Sharp Cat with Pamona Ball, for owner-breeder Darley Stable, Arethusa was second behind Be Proud in her last start.

The A.P. Indy filly out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Miss Coronado has earned $15,610 in three races.

Scratched from the Moccasin Stakes Nov. 9 for Reddam Racing LLC and trainer Doug O’Neill, Perched has earned $39,250 in five starts. She’s by Into Mischief out of the Pine Bluff mare Love Catcher.

From inside out, the field for the 8th Sharp Cat Stakes: Be Proud, Martin Garcia rides, 117 pounds; Georgia, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Arethusa, Corey Nakatani, 115; Pleasant Miss, Edwin Maldonado, 115; Perched, Mario Gutierrez, 115 and Saintly Joan, Martin Pedroza, 117.



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