Trainer Simon Callaghan, fresh off his first graded
stakes victory in the United States with Turning Top in the $100,000 Grade III
Beverly Hills Handicap Saturday, hopes to write the same winning formula with
Conniption in the $250,000 Grade I American Oaks next Saturday.
Photo: Hollywood Park
Like Turning Top, Conniption is an Irish-bred filly
owned by Michael Tabor attempting to stretch out to 1 ¼ miles on turf off a
victory at one mile on the lawn here. Both began their careers in England before being shipped to California this year.
“Conniption just breezed five-eighths this morning in
1:01 with Brice Blanc,” said Callaghan from his Santa Anita training base
Sunday. “It was a nice maintenance work.”
Conniption, by Danehill Dancer out of the Sadler’s
Wells mare Showbiz, comes off an allowance score here May 20, her second win in
six starts. “I’m optimistic she will get the trip,” said Callaghan of the added
Other probable starters starters include Senorita
Stakes winner Cozi Rosie (Mike Smith), Providencia Stakes
to City (Joel Rosario), Harmonious (Martin Garcia) and Andina (Rafael
Bejarano). Andina worked six furlongs on turf in 1:17 for trainer Ben Cecil.
Weekend Magic, a nominee from the Myung Kwon Cho barn, worked four furlongs on
turf in 51.60.
Callaghan said that Turning Top, a 4-year-old filly,
returned in good shape following her fourth straight victory and would be
nominated to both the Beverly D. at Arlington Park and the John Mabee Stakes at
Del Mar for her next start.
27, was born in England,
the son of retired trainer Neville Callaghan. He moved to California before Christmas and has eight
horses at Santa Anita. “It’s very different here but I worked for Todd Pletcher
six or seven years ago, so I knew what to expect,” said Callaghan