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Evening Jewel Headlines Honeymoon

Evening Jewel

A Grade II, the Honeymoon will mark the turf debut of Evening Jewel, the narrowest of losers in the Kentucky Oaks on April 30.

 

Beaten a nose by Blind Luck in the prestigious Grade 1 at Churchill Downs, Evening Jewel will also be making her first start at Hollywood Park for the Braly Family Trust and trainer Jim Cassidy.

 

A daughter of Northern Afleet and the Giant’s Causeway mare Jewel Of  The Night, Evening Jewel has won three of nine and has been worse than second only once. She has earned $516,943.

 

Evening Jewel, who was also beaten a nostril by Blind Luck in the Las Virgenes at Santa Anita in February, will be looking for her second graded win. She wired the field at 5-1 in the Ashland, a Grade 1, on April 3 at Keeneland. Victor Espinoza, who won the Honeymoon with Lovely Rafaela in 2004 and two years later with Attima, has the mount. Evening Jewel will carry high weight of 122 pounds against six rivals.

 

The California bred’s opponents include Cozi Rosie, who won the Senorita on May 2, City To City, a winner of consecutive turf stakes at Santa Anita before finishing third in the Senorita and Andina, who has been third or better in all five U.S. outings for owner Arnold Zetcher and trainer Ben Cecil.

 

Trained by John Sadler for owners Jerry and Ann Moss, Cozi Rosie, a daughter of Pleasantly Perfect and the Golden Fleece mare Felidia, is trying to become the seventh filly to win both the Senorita and Honeymoon. The last to complete the double was Likeable Style in 1993. Mike Smith will ride.

 

Rosario, who has a return engagement on City To City, will be seeking a record third consecutive victory in the Senorita, having won with Misty Ocean in 2008 and Well Monied a year ago.

 

From the inside out, here is the lineup for the 59th Honeymoon Handicap: Cozi Rosie, Mike Smith rides, 119 pounds; City To City, Joel Rosario, 118; Triple Cream, Tyler Baze, 114; In The Slips, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Evening Jewel, Victor Espinoza, 122; Dreamed To Dream, Brice Blanc, 114 and Andina, Joe Talamo, 117.

 

The ungraded Proctor drew six males, but the likely favorite in the race is Belleofthebridle, a daughter of Yes It’s True and the Unbridled mare Unbridled Appeal.

 

Owned by Margaret Abdala, Ronald Hauptman, Jerry Raskey and trainer Walther Solis, Belleofthebridle won by 5 ¾ lengths in a quick 51.59 for the 4 ½ furlongs in her bow on April 21. Rosario has the call.

 

From the inside out, here is the field for the 46th Willard Proctor Memorial: Clubhouse Ride, Mike Smith aboard, 115 pounds; Belleofthebridle, Joel Rosario, 120; Leon Ayala, Cesar DeAlba, 120; J P’s Gusto, Joe Talamo, 115; Tappin Tough, Christian Santiago Reyes; 120; Gab Power, Felipe Valdez, 117 and Edgewick Road, Tyler Baze, 120.


Post time Monday is 1 p.m. The Proctor is the second of 10 races. The Honeymoon is the third and the Shoemaker Mile is the ninth.


 

 

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