Second behind Executiveprivilege in the Grade I Chandelier
Stakes Sept. 29 at Santa Anita, Scarlet Strike
will have six opponents in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes
Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to 2-year-old fillies and run at 1 1/16 miles
over Cushion Track, the Sharp Cat is a prep for the Grade I, $500,000
guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, which will be run Dec. 8. The Sharp Cat is the
eighth of nine races Sunday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park
will open at 10 a.m.
In conjunction with Veteran’s Day, active duty service
members – with military identification – and veterans will receive free general
Owned by John Carver, Green Smith and Hall of Fame trainer
Jerry Hollendorfer, Scarlet Strike will be making her second start over the
track where she is stabled. The daughter of Smart Strike and the French Deputy
mare Scarlet Tango was third going five furlongs in her career debut June 9.
A $220,000 purchase in March at a Florida 2-year-old sale,
Scarlet Strike has one win in four starts and has earned $112,240. Prior to
chasing the then-undefeated Executiveprivilege in the Chandelier, the Kentucky
bred defeated maidens by a half-length in her first start around two turns – as
the 5-2 favorite Sept. 2 at Del Mar.
The most accomplished member of the Sharp Cat cast – in
terms of wins – is Tilde
A California bred daughter of Swiss Yodeler and the Cee’s
Tizzy mare Self Taught, Tilde has won four of five and banked $332,560. The
first of her victories came in her debut here May 20. The gray is owned and was
co-bred by trainer Mike Harrington.
Trainer Doug O’Neill will have two representatives – Renee’s
Owned by Zillah Reddam, Renee’s Titan has lost three in a
row since taking her debut by 4 ¼ lengths over Cushion Track June 21. She was
purchased privately by her current connections from owner John Liviakis after
The Bernstein filly out of the Tiznow mare Titan Queen has
An Irish bred daughter of Shamardal and the Definite Article
mare La Vita E Bella, Wittgenstein comes off a maiden win on turf Oct. 20 at
Santa Anita for Reddam Racing LLC. She has started six times and earned
will be making her first appearance beyond
six furlongs for Stoneway Farm LLC and trainer Tom Proctor. The Midnight Lute
filly out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Buzz Song is 1-for-2 with earnings of
$43,000. She won at first asking Aug. 11 at Del Mar before finishing fifth of six in a
Santa Anita allowance Oct. 4.
Trained by Peter Miller for a partnership that includes
Roncelli Family Trust, David Bernsen and Wire To Wire Stables, Rhodium
graduated in her fifth career start when stretched to one mile Oct. 4 at Santa
Anita. The daughter of Flashy Bull and the Swiss Yodeler mare Rockin On has
steps into a stakes after knocking off
$50,000 maidens in her second start Oct. 5 at Santa Anita. Sal Gonzalez trains
the Majestic Warrior filly out of the Hennessy mare Starboard Stinger for
Tricar Stable, Inc. She’s banked $24,600.
From inside out, the field for the seventh Sharp Cat Stakes:
Scarlet Strike, Joe Talamo rides, 117 pounds; Magestic Stinger, Juan Hernandez,
115; Rhodium, Garrett Gomez, 117; Wittgenstein, Mario Gutierrez, 117; Midnight
Ballet, Julien Leparoux, 117; Tilde, Rafael Bejarano, 123 and Renee’s Titan,
Russell Baze, 117.