Owner J. Paul Reddam and jockey Mario Gutierrez will try for some
Grade I success at Betfair Hollywood Park Monday before their date with
destiny with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I’ll Have Another in
the Belmont Stakes June 9.
Quiet Oasis, who won the Grade III Wilshire Handicap for the Reddam-Gutierrez combination April 29, will step into a tougher spot in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes.
The first Grade I of the Spring/Summer meet, the Gamely, which is
for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf, will be immediately
preceded by the $100,000 Los Angeles Handicap. A Grade III at six furlongs on Cushion Track, the Los Angeles is the eighth of 10 races while the Gamely is the ninth.
General admission is free for the Memorial Day holiday for veterans
and active duty personnel with military identification. Post time is 1
p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Trained by Ben Cecil, who won the 1997 Gamely with Donna Viola,
Quiet Oasis is a 4-year-old Oasis Dream filly out of the Sunday Silence
mare Silent Heir with three wins in eight starts and earnings of
An Irish bred, Quiet Oasis will be making her second appearance in a
Grade I and her first attempt at nine furlongs. She was sixth in the
Matriarch last Nov. 25, finishing four lengths behind winner Star
The two Gamely entrants with a Grade I win on their resume are Cambina and Nereid.
The 4-year-old fillies finished on even terms in the American Oaks
last July 16 and are a combined 0-for-9 since that exciting finish.
Trained by Jeff Bonde for a partnership that includes Anthony
Bilich, Jason and Steven Cline, Rick Mace, Dennis Rahill and George
Schmitt, Cambina has lost six times, but does come off a second place
finish in the Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap April 21 at Santa Anita.
A daughter of Hawk Wing and the Peintre Celebre mare Await, Cambina
has six wins in 18 starts and earnings of $423,426. She has a win and
two thirds in three starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course.
Owned by Eric Kronfeld and trained by John Shirreffs, Nereid is a
Rock Hard Ten filly out of the Belong to Me mare Dowry who’s won three
of seven and banked $244,800.
She was fourth as the 13-10 favorite in the Wilshire in her 2012
debut, beaten one length by Quiet Oasis. The loss was her first in four
local grass starts.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2010 Gamely
with the brilliant Tuscan Evening, entered a pair – Capital Plan and
City to City.
A 4-year-old daughter of Rock Hard Ten and the Strawberry Road mare
Miss Dahlia, Capital Plan comes off the first graded win of her career, a
1 ½ length score in the Santa Barbara.
Owned by her trainer and Mark DeDomenico LLC, Capital Plan has won four of 10 and earned $215,800.
Hollendorfer and DeDomenico also own – along with William DeBurgh –
City to City. A 5-year-old daughter of City Zip and the Storm Cat mare
Stormbow, she has won seven of 26 and earned $514,726.
The winner of the Grade II Buena Vista Handicap in February, City to
City is winless in three starts on the grass at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Most recently, she trailed in the Grade II Distaff Turf Mile on the
Kentucky Derby undercard May 5 at Churchill Downs.
Bauble Queen will try to improve upon her fifth place finish in the
Santa Barbara for Class Racing Stable and trainer Eric Kruljac. The
4-year-old Arch filly out of the Storm Cat mare Muneefa has won three of
10 and has a bankroll of $221,257. Her biggest win came in the Grade II
Robert J. Frankel Jan. 1 at Santa Anita.
Belle Royale enters the Gamely with four consecutive wins. The first
three came in England before she captured her U.S. debut, taking the
American Beauty Stakes by a half-length April 7 at Santa Anita.
Owned by Michael Tabor and trained by Simon Callaghan, the Irish
bred daughter of former Breeders’ Cup Mile winner Val Royal and the
Brief Truce mare Kahyasi Moll has earned $280,231. The 4-year-old has
won nine of 25.
A victory by Belle Royale would be the second in a row in the Gamely
for Callaghan, who won with Dubawi Heights in 2011. The last trainer to
go back-to-back in the race was the late Bobby Frankel – Citronnade
(2007) and Precious Kitten (2008).
Fifth in the Wilshire, Wild Mia will try to end a seven race losing
streak Monday. Trained by Tom Proctor for Rosemont Stud Syndicate, the
5-year-old daughter of Wildcat Heir and the El Sultan mare Love Mia has
won four of 19 and earned $321,212.
The last victory for the Florida bred came in the Redondo Beach Stakes locally last June 5.
From inside out, the field for the 46th Gamely Stakes: Capital Plan,
Brice Blanc rides, 119 pounds; Quiet Oasis, Mario Gutierrez, 117; Wild
Mia, David Flores, 117; Bauble Queen, Victor Espinoza, 119; Cambina,
Rafael Bejarano, 119; Belle Royale, Joel Rosario, 117; City to City,
Garrett Gomez, 119 and Nereid, Mike Smith, 119.