will try to become only the second trainer to win the Generous Stakes in
consecutive years when he sends out a pair in the Grade III
Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The $100,000 Generous for 2-year-olds shares the spotlight on the
second day of the Turf Festival with the $100,000 Miesque, which is
restricted to 2-year-old fillies. Both races are at one mile. The
Generous will go as the fifth of 10 while the Grade III Miesque is the ninth. Post time is 12:30 p.m. and track gates will open at 10 a.m.
The Pick Six pool is guaranteed at $150,000, as it has been and will
continue to be every Saturday throughout the Autumn meet. Should the
pool reach $200,000, Happy Hour food and drink specials will be
available at Whittingham’s Pub. The pool was $217,133 Nov. 10 and
$259,721 Nov. 17.
Additionally, a single winning Pick Six ticket –purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG) – will earn a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
Sadler, who won the 2011 Generous with Stoney Fleece, will try to
match Jerry Fanning, who repeated with Overtrump in 1984 after winning
with Artichoke a year earlier.
Both of Sadler’s runners – Rising Legend and Under Review – will be
making their first start for the stable after being private purchases.
A son of Rock of Gibraltar and the Miswaki mare Miswaki Belle,
Rising Legend enters off back-to-back turf victories in England, the
most recent Sept. 15 at Doncaster at the Generous distance.
Owned by Hronis Racing LLC, the English-bred chestnut earned those victories after finishing second or third in his first four races. He’s earned $25,563.
Owned by a partnership that includes Lloyd DeBruycker and Tim Mickelson, the younger brother of PGA
star Phil Mickelson, Under Review began his career going 1-for-2 in
September at Arlington Park for former owner Scott Ricker and trainer
After defeating $50,000 maidens by a head going 5 ½ furlongs over
Polytrack Aug. 26, the Even the Score colt stretched to a mile on turf
and finished second, beaten by a half-length. Out of the Honour and
Glory mare Image of Honor, Under Review has earned $22,800.
Den’s Legacy will stretch out for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert,
who won the 2001 Generous with Mountain Rage, after finishing second in
the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
Owned by Westrock Stables LLC, the
Medaglia d’Oro colt out of the War Chant mare Sunshine Song has one win
in six starts and a bankroll of $101,350. He was second behind Gervinho
in the Oct. 8 Zuma Beach in his lone try at one mile on grass.
Shining Copper, whose lone win came at the Generous distance on the
Del Mar grass Aug. 15, will be making his first appearance since
finishing fifth in the Oak Tree Juvenile Turf Sept. 5.
A gelded son of Aragorn out of the Winged Victory mare La Minuta,
Shining Copper has started three times for Sumaya U.S. Stables and Hall
of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale, who won this race in 1999 with Jokerman.
Shining Copper has banked $54,000.
Tree of Life returns to California after suffering his first defeat
when 10th of 13 in the Grade I Breeders’ Futurity Oct. 6 at Keeneland.
Trained by Craig Dollase for West Point Thoroughbreds, the Lion
Heart colt out of the Gulch mare Professora began his career with two
wins, upsetting maidens at nearly 23-1 Aug. 18 before capturing the
Barretts Juvenile Sept. 16 at Fairplex Park. Tree of Life, who will be
making his grass debut Saturday, has earned $98,550.
Counting Day will debut for Swift Thoroughbreds and trainer Carla
Gaines after being purchased privately after a 10 ¼ length win versus
$50,000 maidens over the Keeneland Polytrack Oct. 20.
The Mingun gelding out of the Exbourne mare Cuanto Es had finished
fourth in his first two starts – both on turf – before his blowout
victory. He’s earned $17,350.
Christopher Street surprised maidens at 12-1 in his second start for
trainer Marty Jones Nov. 4 at Santa Anita. Owned by Emily Wygod, the
Unusual Heat gelding out of the Meadowlake mare Papoose Bay has earned
Third in the Zuma Beach, Dancin Upside Down has one win in four starts for Sheehy LLC
and trainer Carl O’Callaghan and earnings of $20,050. The War Chant
colt out of the Old Trieste mare Spencers Storm wired $20,000 maidens by
six lengths Aug. 25 at Golden Gate Fields.
One Firm Cat will make his first start beyond 6 ½ furlongs for
trainer Peter Miller after finishing sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Turf Sprint Preview.
Owned by Altamira Racing Stable, Jeff Fink and John Petrig, the
Cowtown Cat gelding out of the Affirmed mare Affirmed Toor has one win
in four attempts and earnings of $50,700.
Ekahi will be trying turf for the first time for Hans Partnership
and trainer Moon Han in his initial try since defeating $32,000 maidens
Sept. 19 at Fairplex. The gelded son of Langfuhr out of the Lord Avie
mare Smuggle has banked $16,060 in four races.
From inside out, the field for the 30th Generous Stakes: One Firm
Cat, Kevin Krigger rides, 116; Under Review, Rafael Bejarano, 114;
Rising Legend, Julien Leparoux, 118; Den’s Legacy, Garrett Gomez, 116;
Dancin Upside Down, Edwin Maldonado, 114; Tree of Life, Aaron Gryder,
118; Ekahi, Saul Arias, 114; Christopher Street, Mike Smith, 116;
Shining Copper, David Flores, 116 and Counting Days, Victor Espinoza,
Sadler will have a chance for the first Generous-Miesque sweep since
Todd Pletcher won both races in 2007 with The Leopard (Generous) and
Sea Chanter (Miesque).
Pussycat Lips will make her first start in this country and first
for Sadler and Hronis Racing after going 1-for-2 in her native Ireland.
The daughter of Holy Roman Emperor and the Sadler’s Wells mare On The
Nile won by 3 ¼ lengths over maidens July 16 at Kilarney after finishing
third in her June 27 bow. She has earned $10,161.
Flashy Ways will try to rebound for trainer Richard Baltas after
finishing 11th of 14 in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
Owned by Riley Racing Stable, the Catienus filly out of the Carson
City mare Golden Kitty has started her career with consecutive
victories, including the Surfer Girl Stakes – at the Miesque distance –
Oct. 8. She has a bankroll of $81,600.
Miss Empire enters off a win in her turf debut for owners Gary and
Cecil Barber and Kevin Tsujihara and Miller. The daughter of Empire
Maker and the Rajab mare Miss Excitement won the Pike Place Dancer by a
neck as the 1-2 favorite Oct. 27 at Golden Gate.
The victory was the second in seven outings for Miss Empire and
increased her bankroll to $207,120. Her first win came in the Cinderella
Stakes June 16 during the Spring/Summer meet.
In search of his first Miesque score, trainer Doug O’Neill will send
out a pair of private purchases – European imports Birdlover and
Now owned by a partnership that includes Steve Keh and W.C. Racing,
Birdlover won once in three starts in her native England while earning
$11,421. Both of her losses came on turf as she graduated over Polytrack
Oct. 18 at Kempton. The chestnut is by Byron out of the Bold Edge mare
An Irish bred daughter of Ramonti and the Distant View mare Lady
Naomi, Redressthebalance is owned by Rutherford Group, Ltd. She was
winless in three starts in France and England and earned $2,754.
Chad Brown, a former assistant to the late Bobby Frankel and one of
the rising training stars in thoroughbred racing, will be represented by
Premier Steps, another Irish bred, who is owned by Swift Thoroughbreds.
The daughter of Footstepsinthesand and the Second Set mare
Primissima was 1-for-5 in France and England while earning $40,654. In
her most recent start, Premier Steps was beaten by a neck while
finishing in a dead heat for second in a Group III at Deauville.
Travesura will try more distance after an impressive 3 ¾ length win
in her grass debut at about 6 ½ furlongs Oct. 7 at Santa Anita. The
Limehouse filly out of the Tale of the Cat mare Tempestra has started
twice for Val-U-Chem Inc. and trainer Jeff Mullins and earned $35,600.
Beaten by a neck at 10-1 in the Pike Place Dancer in her first try
on turf, Butterfly Soul will be seeking her third victory in her fifth
start for owner Johnny Taboada and trainer Genaro Vallejo. The Henny
Hughes filly out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Zada Rae has earned
$55,300. Her most recent win came at 23-1 when capturing the Phil D.
Shepherd Stakes Sept. 14 at Fairplex.
Worse than third only once in five starts on grass,
Somethingabouther returns to Southern California after finishing third
in the Pike Place Dancer. Owned by Deron Pearson and trained by Jim
Cassidy, the War Chant filly out of the Mt. Livermore mare Mountain
Bonfire is 1-for-6 overall and has banked $56,800.
From inside out, the field for the 21st Miesque Stakes:
Somethingabouther, Mike Smith rides, 116 pounds; Travesura, Tyler Baze,
116; Birdlover, Edwin Maldonado, 116; Miss Empire, Corey Nakatani, 122;
Premier Steps, Julien Leparoux, 116; Butterfly Soul, Juan Hernandez,
118; Pussycat Lips, Garrett Gomez, 116; Redressthebalance, Rafael
Bejarano, 118 and Flashy Ways, Joe Talamo, 122.