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Miller Sends Out Live Wires in Proctor & Cinderella

Trainer Peter Miller, who has won three of the last six runnings of the Willard L. Proctor Memorial, will seek another victory Saturday with recent debut winner Solid Wager. Miller’s wins came with Thoroughly (2007), Backbackbackgone (2008) and Majestic City (2011).

A son of Birdonthewire and the Valid Wager mare G Ma, Solid Wager defeated $50,000 maidens by 2 ¼ lengths June 7. Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber and Stanford Stable, Solid Wager earned $30,250 for the comfortable score.

California-breds Time for a Hug and Willie B Awesome, a full brother to multiple stakes winner Willa B Awesome, will represent the barn of trainer Walther Solis.

Owned by a partnership that includes Tom Beckerle, Ira Herman, Templeton Horses LLC and breeder Terry Lovingier, Time for a Hug won in his initiation April 26. The son of Time to Get Even and the Wild Rush mare Action Girl earned $31,200 for the victory by one length.

A son of Awesome Gambler and the Nineeleven mare Cause I’m Tricky, Willie B Awesome won May 24 after finishing fifth in his May 9 debut for a partnership that includes breeder Lovingier, Michael Byrnes, Patsy London and Kretz Racing LLC. Willie B Awesome has banked $41,912.

California Chrome, who chased Time for a Hug, came back to defeat maidens May 17 for owner-breeders Steve Coburn and Perry Martin and trainer Art Sherman. The Lucky Pulpit colt out of the Not for Love mare Love the Chase has earned $41,600.

Sadler will send out a duo – Street Icon and Kobe’s Back – in search of his first Proctor victory.

Owned by J.W. Singer LLC, Street Icon led throughout when he won May 9. The debut victory by the son of Street Boss and the Danzig mare Legion of Merit was worth $31,200.

A $480,000 purchase in March in Florida, Kobe’s Back debuts for Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable. The gray is a son of Flatter and the Well Decorated mare Well.

The field is completed by a pair of maidens who ran second in their respective debuts.

Geldautomat finished three-quarters of a length behind Street Icon May 9 while Go First was beaten by a half-length by Willie B Awesome 15 days later.

Trained by Kristin Mulhall for Kretz Racing LLC, Geldautomat is a Fusaichi Pegasus colt out of the Two Punch mare Sophie’s Destiny. He’s earned $10,400.

Go First is owned by breeder Harris Farms, Inc. and trained by Dean Pederson. The Kafwain gelding out of the Rubiano mare Go Ruby Go collected $13,250 for his runner-up effort.

The lone filly in the Proctor cast is One More, a debuting daughter of Holy Bull and the Tapit mare See Rock City. Doug O’Neill trains One More, a $165,000 purchase at the Barretts’ March sale, for Reddam Racing, LLC.


From inside out, the field for the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes: Time for a Hug, Jose Valdivia, Jr. rides, 120 pounds; Kobe’s Back, Rafael Bejarano, 115; One More, Mario Gutierrez, 112; Solid Wager, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Go First, Martin Garcia, 115; Willie B Awesome, Martin Pedroza, 120; California Chrome, Corey Nakatani, 120; Street Icon, Joe Talamo, 120 and Geldautomat, Tyler Baze. 115.

After winning the Cinderella last year with Miss Empire, Miller will send out a pair – On the Backstreets and Sensational Nikki – in search of a repeat.

The last trainer to win the Cinderella in consecutive years is Steve Asmussen. He won with Richwoman in 2006 and Wonderful Luck in 2007.

On the Backstreets broke into the game with a 2 ¼ length win May 23 for a partnership that includes Brewer Racing Stable, David J. Lanzman Racing Stable, Inc., Rockingham Ranch and Jason Wood. The win was worth $31,200 for the daughter of Street Boss and the Mutakddim mare Mutakaway.

Sensational Nikki also won first time out, prevailing by three-quarters of a length as the 6-5 favorite June 2.

The Zensational filly out of the Spend a Buck mare Liberada earned $31,200 for owner Rockingham Ranch.

Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2011 Cinderella with Killer Graces, will saddle Pleasant Miss.

The Pleasantly Perfect filly out of the Tale of the Cat mare Winter Tide blasted $50,000 maidens by 6 ¼ lengths in her May 9 debut for owner Dan Northrop and trainer Adam Kitchingman.

She has since been purchased privately and will debut Saturday for Hollendorfer and a partnership that includes the trainer, Halo Farms, Mark Randall and Three Sisters Thoroughbreds. The gate-to-wire win by Pleasant Miss was worth $18,000.

Solis entered Time for Angie, a first out winner May 3 for a partnership that includes Byrnes, London, Kretz Racing LLC and breeder Terry Lovingier.

The daughter of Time to Get Even and the Gold Case mare Amorous Angie banked $40,560 for the 1 ¼ length triumph as the 13-10 second choice.

Pay the Debt posted a 19-1 surprise in her bow for a partnership that includes Pat Abrams, Keith Moore and trainer Gary Sherlock. The Awesome Gambler filly out of the Skip Trial mare Securitized Debt earned $31,200 April 25.


Sprouts won by 5 ½ lengths at 11-1 when making her second start for owner-breeder Reddam Racing, LLC and trainer Edward Freeman. The daughter of Square Eddie and the Yankee Victor mare Ann Summers Gold has earned $32,240. She finished fifth against males in her April 26.

La Madera is a rookie by U S Ranger and the Fortunate Prospect mare Frugality. Carl O’Callaghan trains for owner Jerry Durant.

From inside out, the field for the Cinderella Stakes: Pleasant Miss, Rafael Bejarano rides, 120 pounds; On the Backstreets, Joe Talamo, 117; Pay the Debt, Jorge Carreno, 120; Sensational Nikki, Edwin Maldonado, 117; Time for Angie, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 117; La Madera, Corey Nakatani, 115 and Sprouts, Mario Gutierrez, 117. 

 

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