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Killer Graces Returns to Hollywood

July 16, 2011.Killer Grace riden by Joseph Talamo crossing the finish line and winning the Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park, Inglewood, CA
A double stakes winner over Cushion Track, Killer Graces returns to Hollywood Park Sunday in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes.

 

An ungraded race for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles, the Sharp Cat is the seventh of nine races. Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m.

 

Owned by a partnership that includes Daniel Borislow and Gillian Campbell and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Killer Graces won the Cinderella and Landaluce in succession during the Spring/Summer meet. Those victories came immediately after she was purchased privately by her current connections.

 

A daughter of Congaree and the Old Trieste mare Heatherdoesntbluff, Killer Graces has failed to win in three subsequent starts, most recently finishing second as the even-money favorite in the Soviet Problem Stakes Oct. 9 at Fresno.

 

Bred in Kentucky by Brian Kahn, Killer Graces has won two of six and earned $133,630.

 

Third in the Grade I Oak Leaf – defeated by one length by Weemissfrankie – Charm the Maker will be seeking her second victory in three starts for owner-breeder Debbie McAnally and her husband, Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally.

 

A daughter of Empire Maker and the Giant’s Causeway mare Charm the Giant, Charm the Maker won a maiden race by 4 ¼ lengths at Del Mar prior to her initial two-turn attempt in the Oak Leaf. She has earned $67,800.

 

Another Hall of Fame trainer – Bob Baffert - will attempt to join David Hofmans as the only conditioner with two wins in the Sharp Cat when he saddles Lady Pecan.

 

A Concerto filly out of the Kris S. mare Pecan Park, Lady Pecan was a distant fourth in the Anoakia Stakes Oct. 22 at Santa Anita in her first race in California for owner Kaleem Shah and Baffert. Shah and Baffert combined to win the Sharp Cat a year ago with May Day Rose.

 

A Florida bred, Lady Pecan has one win in four outings and a bankroll of $28,906.

 

Hofmans won the first two renewals of the Sharp Cat – Balance (2005) and Runway Rosie (2006).

 

Oblivion will make her first start in Southern California after consecutive victories for trainer Steve Sherman at Golden Gate Fields. Owned by breeder Desperado Stables Inc. and now in the barn of Carla Gaines, the Johar filly out of the Mud Route mare March to the Sea has started three times, banking $30,830.

 

Sixth of eight in the Oak Leaf, Regal Betty will be making her first appearance at Hollywood Park for owner Michael Talla and trainer John Sadler. The daughter of Congrats and the Sultry Song mare Singsingasong has one win in three races and earnings of $38,150.

 

Supplemented to the Sharp Cat for $2,000, Willa B Awesome is the most experienced member of the field. She has started seven times, winning twice and banking $141,896. Her lone stakes victory came in the restricted Barretts Debutante Sept. 17 at Fairplex Park.

 

A California bred daughter of Awesome Gambler and the Nineeleven mare Cause I’m Tricky, Willa B Awesome is trained by Walther Solis for a partnership that includes Phil Daniels and Patsy London.

 

From inside out, the field for the Sharp Cat Stakes: Lady Pecan, Martin Garcia rides, 115 pounds; Killer Graces, Joe Talamo, 121; Regal Betty, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Willa B Awesome, Martin Pedroza, 119; Oblivion, Joel Rosario, 119 and Charm the Maker, Garrett Gomez, 117.

 

 

 

 

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