Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Sunday he’ll start three
of the four females he nominated to Saturday’s Grade II, $150,000
Marjorie L. Everett Handicap at 1 1-16 miles on Cushion Track.
The trio is headed by Halo Dolly, who registered her 15th lifetime victory in the Grade III
Wilshire Handicap on turf April 28. The 5-year-old daughter of Popular
has scored nine times on grass, but is equally at home on over
synthetic surfaces, where she’s won four of 10.
Also representing Hollendorfer will be Lady of Fifty, winner of the
Grade II Bayakoa Stakes over this track last Dec. 8 and Sister Kate,
victorious in the Santa Lucia Stakes April 14 at Santa Anita.
Hollendorfer also indicated that Ciao Bella Luna, will return in the
$70,000-added Railbird Stakes – an ungraded race for 3-year-old fillies
at seven furlongs over Cushion Track – May 19. In her most recent
appearance, Ciao Bella Luna rallied from far back for a 7-1 upset
victory in the Grade II Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland April 14.
Also preparing for the Railbird is Iotapa, who worked 6 furlongs on
Cushion Track Sunday in 1:12 2/5. The daughter of Afleet Alex was
claimed for $50,000 by John Sadler out of a winning debut a year ago,
returned with an allowance victory in February, then was second to
Eclipse Award winner Beholder in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks April 6.
“She’s doing great,” said Sadler. “We’ve been saving her for this race.”