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Include Me Out, Zazu Rematch in Vanity

Include Me Out will try for her fourth consecutive graded stakes win when she faces seven others in the $250,000 Vanity Handicap Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Owned by Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Ron Ellis, Include Me Out is undefeated since stretching out earlier this year. The 4-year-old daughter of Include and the Mazel Trick mare Don’t Trick Me won the Grade II La Canada Jan. 22, the Grade I Santa Margarita March 17, then captured the Grade II Marjorie L. Everett Handicap when switched to Cushion Track May 19. Two of the victories were at 1 1/16 miles while the Santa Margarita was at the Vanity distance.

Bred in Kentucky by Brereton C. Jones, Include Me Out has won five of nine and earned $453,600. A win Saturday would be the second in the Vanity for Ellis, who won with Twice The Vice for owners Pam and Marty Wygod in 1997.

Zazu will try to provide owners Jerry and Ann Moss with their fourth Vanity win in the last five years. John Sadler, who won the 2004 Vanity with Victory Encounter, the trains the 4-year-old Tapit filly for the Mosses, who saw Zenyatta dominate Betfair Hollywood Park’s biggest race for older females in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line, Zazu has won four of 12 and earned $691,985. The 2011 Hollywood Oaks winner, the gray was fourth in Everett, her first start in more than seven months.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has a Spring/Summer meet high eight stakes wins, will be seeking his first Vanity victory when he saddles Ellafitz.

Second after setting the pace in the Everett, Ellafitz has won six of 16 and earned $445,957. Owned by Don and Ella Sivage’s D &E Racing, the 4-year-old Tiznow filly out of the Dixieland Band mare Skat Girl has lost two in a row after winning three stakes in succession.

The win streak began in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap last Dec. 4, then continued at Santa Anita with gate-to-wire victories in the Paseana Handicap (Jan. 15) and the Santa Maria Stakes (Feb. 18).

Third in the Everett, Caelis will be making her first appearance in a Grade I. Owned by Brous Stable and Wachtel Stable and trained by Peter Miller, the 4-year-old English bred daughter of Avonbridge and the Lyphard mare Shona is 4-for-18 with earnings of $104,858.

Caelis has one win in six starts in the United States, taking a $54,700 allowance race April 26 over Cushion Track.

Second behind Include Me Out in the Santa Margarita, Love Theway Youare unseated jockey Alonso Quinonez at the start of the Everett. Owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, the 4-year-old Arch filly out of the Tabasco Cat mare Diversa has won two of 18 and banked $212,990.

Bred in Kentucky by Christopher Dragone, Love Theway Youare has lost 11 in a row since an optional claiming victory April 22, 2011 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Atlantic Swing will make her U.S. debut for trainer Ben Cecil and owner J. Paul Reddam.

A 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly out of the Seeking the Gold mare Turning Wheel, Atlantic Swing won once in five starts in Ireland and earned $18,037. She has been away since finishing third in a listed stakes at Dundalk last Nov. 4.

Rock and Glory makes her initial start in a graded event after consecutive blowout wins for owner-breeder Ernie Moody’s Mercedes Stables LLC and trainer Tim Yakteen. Like Include Me Out, Rock and Glory is perfect around two turns. The two victories – including a $54,000 allowance score May 10 in her Betfair Hollywood Park debut – were by a combined 19 ½ lengths.

The 4-year-old Rock Hard Ten filly and the Southern Halo mare Brooke’s Halo is 2-for-4 with a bankroll of $73,840.

Yakteen also entered Zafeen’s Pearl, who will be making her first start in this country for owner Ed Tannenbaum.

The 5-year-old English bred daughter of Zafeen and the Dr Fong mare Deep Sea Pearl has won four of 17 and earned $17,870. All of her wins have come over synthetic surfaces.

From inside out, the field for the Vanity Handicap: Rock and Glory, Martin Garcia rides, 114 pounds; Include Me Out, Joe Talamo, 122; Atlantic Swing, Mario Gutierrez, 113; Love Theway Youare, Garrett Gomez, 114; Zafeen’s Pearl, Chantal Sutherland, 114; Caelis, Kevin Krigger, 114 and Ellafitz, Rafael Bejarano, 120.


 

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