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Cho Likes Chances in Hollywood Oaks

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Myung Kwon Cho, owner and trainer of Love Theway Youare, loves the way the 3-year-old filly is coming up to the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks Saturday. The Grade II Oaks will be run at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track.

 

Love Theway Youare shipped to Baltimore and finished a distant fourth in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico in her stakes debut May 20 after consecutive wins on this circuit around two turns.

 

Raxon Cho, the trainer’s son, said Thursday, “After talking to (jockey Joel) Rosario, we concluded that she just didn’t like the racetrack. She’s been doing great since she’s come back.”

 

Love Theway Youare, stabled at Santa Anita, drew the rail with Alonso Quinonez in a field of five. “The Oaks will be a tough race, but I’m actually happy to see Plum Pretty In,” said Cho. “She should assure an honest pace, which would help us.”

 

Plum Pretty, winner of the Kentucky Oaks in her last start May 6, was a surprise entrant for trainer Bob Baffert, who had originally planned to send her to New York for the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park the same day.

 

Plum Pretty is expected to vie for favoritism with Zazu, who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks and defeated Plum Pretty in winning the Las Virgenes Stakes.

 

Trainer Mark Glatt is also hoping to spring an upset with the consistent Big Tiz, stakes-placed three times. “Hopefully, this will be her day,” said Glatt. “Naturally a short field is nice. Plum Pretty was kind of unexpected and has to be respected. And you’ve got to respect Zazu. I’m anticipating a favorable pace scenario. We’ll see how it all plays out.”

 

DRYSDALE READIES DUO FOR BEVERLY HILLS

 

Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale hopes for big efforts out of First Settler and Restless Soul in the $100,000 Grade III Beverly Hills Handicap Sunday.

 

First Settler, a 4-year-old filly on her way up, and Restless Soul, a 7-year-old mare nearing retirement, were both assigned 114 pounds in the 1 ¼-mile turf test for fillies and mares.

 

First Settler won consecutive allowance races at 1 1/8 miles on the Santa Anita turf before finishing fifth in the Redondo Beach Stakes at one mile here June 5. “The mile was too short for her,” said Drysdale. “It was a prep she needed for this race.”

 

Restless Soul finished fourth in the Grade I Gamely Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on the grass here May 30. “There wasn’t much pace in that race,” said Drysdale. “She’s quite consistent.”

 

Restless Soul, making her third start in the Drysdale barn, finished third in the Beverly Hills last year when she was with Ben Cecil. The English-bred mare will be bred in Australia later this summer by owner Matthew Cloros.

 

 

 

 

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