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Bizzy Caroline Tops American Oaks Noms

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Fresh off an easy win in the Grade III Regret June 18 at Churchill Downs, Bizzy Caroline is among 12 3-year-old fillies nominated for the $250,000 American Oaks.

 

A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles on turf, the American Oaks will be run for the 10th time Saturday, July 16. It is the most lucrative of five stakes races to be offered the final two days of the Spring/Summer meet at Hollywood Park.

 

Besides the American Oaks, the other graded races are the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap, a Grade II for older fillies and mares at seven furlongs over Cushion Track, the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship, a Grade III for 2-year-olds at six furlongs and the $100,000 Sunset Handicap, a Grade III for older horses at 1 ½ miles on turf. The lone ungraded race is the $100,000 Landaluce for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

 

In addition to the American Oaks, the A Gleam and Landaluce will be contested July 16. The Hollywood Juvenile and Sunset will be run closing day – Sunday, July 17.

 

Owned by co-breeder Catesby W. Clay and trained by Ken McPeek, Bizzy Caroline has won three in a row on turf in Kentucky. She is a daughter of Afleet Alex and the Saint Ballado mare Sacre Coeur.

 

Among the other nominees are Senorita Stakes winner Star Billing, Black Eyed Susan heroine Royal Delta, the Christophe Clement-trained pair of  Mystical Star and Naples Bay, two-time graded stakes winner Cambina, Hard Sun, Entrustment, Nereid, Love Theway You are, Dynamo and Up In Time.

 

Star Billing and Nereid, who is 2-for-2 on grass in her young career, are trained by John Shirreffs, who won the 2010 American Oaks with Harmonious. The only trainer with two victories in the race is Todd Pletcher, who won back-to-back with Wait a While (2006) and Panty Raid (2007).

 

The A Gleam, which is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In’’ race, also attracted a dozen nominees. The Breeders’ Cup nominated winner of the A Gleam earns a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, which will be run Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs. Additionally, the winner will have pre-entry and entry fees waived and receive a $10,000 travel allowance.

 

Leading trainer Bob Baffert, who has never won the A Gleam, has five of the nominees – American Lady, American Story, Excellent News, Irish Gypsy and Fund Raiser.

 

Others nominated include Shotgun Gulch, who won the Grade I Madison April 14 at Keeneland for owner-breeder-trainer C.R. Trout, Ultra Blend, who has won five of her last six, including the B. Thoughtful and Grade II Milady Handicap, and 2010 Railbird Stakes winner Tanda.

 

The Landaluce noms are topped by Cinderella Stakes winner Killer Graces while Majestic City, who is 2-for-2 for trainer Peter Miller, is among 12 nominated to the Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

 

Acclamation, winner of both the Jim Murray and Charlie Whittingham Memorial Handicaps for a second consecutive year, heads 16 nominees to the Sunset.

 

Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale, who won the race a year ago with Marlang, nominated four – Foolish Comment, Gothic Samurai and females First Settler and Restless Soul. The last filly or mare to win the Sunset was Petite Ile in 1990.

 

 

 

 

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