Photo: Hollywood Park
Spring Style showed her readiness for a return to the
races in the $150,000 Grade II Royal Heroine Mile next Saturday by working a
bullet five furlongs on turf in 1:00 here Sunday.
“This will be her first start since the Buena Vista (Handicap at Santa Anita, in which she
finished sixth on February 15),” said trainer Ben Cecil. “She was out with
niggling little things, but she’s doing well now. A mile is probably the bare
minimum for her, but I’ve got to run her somewhere.”
Spring Style, an Irish-bred 4-year-old filly by
Pivotal, has won three of 10 starts for Kristina Cecil, the trainer’s wife, and
Zillah Reddam and earned $105,677. She won her only start on the Hollywood turf last November.
Other probable starters include Gotta Have Her (Tyler
Baze) and U R All That I Am (Rafael Bejarano).
Cecil also watched Andina work six furlongs on turf
for the American Oaks. “Last time she was too close to the pace,” said Cecil of
the Irish-bred filly, who finished fourth in the Honymoon Handicap May 31 after
stalking in second much of the way. “We will try to stay farther back. She’s
got a nice turn of foot. We took that away from her last time. A mile and a
quarter should suit her.”