St Trinians, second behind
Zenyatta in the 2010 Vanity Handicap, returns to Hollywood Park
Saturday for the $150,000 Milady Handicap.
A Grade II for older fillies and
mares at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Milady is the more lucrative of
two stakes Hollywood Park will
offer Saturday. The other is the $100,000 Railbird Stakes, a Grade III for
3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. The Milady is the fifth of 11 races, the
Railbird is the 10th.
In conjunction with the 136th
running of the Preakness Stakes, Hollywood Park will
have an early 11 a.m. post time Saturday. Track gates open at 8 a.m. The first
of 11 races simulcast from Pimlico goes at 8:43 a.m. Post time for the
Preakness is 3:18 p.m. PDT, so it will be shown between the eighth and ninth
races at Hollywood Park.
Owned by Daniel Capen and Laura
Chavers and trained by Mike Mitchell, St Trinians had the lead approaching the
wire in last year’s Vanity, but couldn’t withstand Zenyatta’s late burst,
ultimately losing by a half-length.
Sidelined for eight months after
that performance, the English bred mare returned in the Santa Maria
Feb. 12 at Santa Anita. The defending champion in the Grade II, St Trinians had
to settle for third, then was fourth in the Santa Margarita a month later.
The 6-year-old daughter of
Piccolo, who won by seven lengths in her Cushion Track debut Dec. 3, 2009 in
her second start in the United States, will be seeking her eighth victory in
her 16th lifetime outing. She has earned $344,587.
Ultra Blend will aim for her third
win in a row and fifth in her last six outings for owner Nels Erickson and
trainer Art Sherman. The California
bred daughter of Richly Blended and the Desert Classic mare Ankha comes off a
win in the B. Thoughtful Stakes on the California Gold Rush program April 23.
The win was her third in four races over Cushion Track. The 5-year-old has won
nine of 20 overall while earning $535,646.
Perfect in two starts on the Hollywood Park main, Washington Bridge will
make her first start since finishing in a dead heat for third in the
Doubledogdare, a Grade III, April 22 at Keeneland.
Owned by Mark DeDomenico and
trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the 4-year-old Yankee Gentleman filly out of the
Prized mare Stirling Bridge won
the restricted Life Is Sweet Stakes and the Bayakoa Handicap, a Grade II, in
succession during the 2010 Autumn meet. She has five wins in 21 starts with
earnings of $248,464.
Tanda, who won the 2010 Railbird
Stakes in her second try over Cushion Track, will be making her two turn
debut. The 4-year-old daughter of Sweetsouthernsaint and the Dr. Caton
mare Doc’s Stormy Girl has four wins in eight attempts and has banked $223,710.
She is trained by Dan Hendricks for Tommy Hutton’s Dream Stable LLC.
Owners Jerry and Ann Moss and
trainer John Shirreffs, who won the Milady in 2008 and 2009 with Zenyatta, will
try for another victory with Makoma. The 4-year-old homebred daughter of Malibu
Moon and the Dixieland Band mare Rhapsodic will be making her graded stakes
debut Saturday. She has won two of five and earned $75,000.
A win by Makoma would be the
fourth in the Milady in six years for Shirreffs, who also took the 2006 renewal
Church Camp will also be seeking a
first graded win as she tries for her third victory in a row for a partnership
that includes Judith Carmel and Legacy Ranch and trainer Brian Koriner. The
4-year-old Forest Camp filly out of the Demons Begone mare Holy Forest has
won four of nine and banked $146,420.
In her first venture around two
turns, Church Camp won the restricted Santa Lucia March 27 at Santa Anita. The Kentucky
bred prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths at the Milady distance.
No worse than second in five
career outings for Kaleem Shah and trainer Bob Baffert, American Story is also
making her initial appearance in a graded event. The 4-year-old daughter of
Ghostzapper and the Meadowlake mare Holiday Runner has three wins and a
bankroll of $159,200.
In her first Hollywood Park start,
American Story won an optional claimer as the 3-5 favorite April 22.
Owned by the Estate of Frank Alesia,
Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC and trained by Peter Eurton, She’s
Cheeky has failed to win in four previous appearances in graded races. Her best
finish was a third in the 2009 Santa Monica
at Santa Anita.
A 6-year-old daughter of Black
Minnaloushe and the Saint Ballado mare Zadkiel, She’s Cheeky has won three of
18 and earned $235,633.
From inside out, the field for the
Milady Handicap: Tanda, Joel Rosario rides, 117 pounds; Washington Bridge,
Rafael Bejarano, 117; Church Camp, Tyler Baze, 115; She’s Cheeky, Brice Blanc,
113; St Trinians, Joe Talamo, 119; American Story, Alonso Quinonez, 114; Ultra
Blend, David Flores, 118 and Makoma, Chantal Sutherland, 112.
Pedaltothemedal, a winner in her
2011 debut April 24, will be aiming for her third victory in four starts in the
Trained by Sherman
for Ackerman Stables LLC, the Medallist filly out of the Meadowlake mare
Something Brewing has earned $69,400. The 6-1 allowance upset last month was
her first start since she had defeated maidens last July 25 at Del
Owned by John Carver, Mark
DeDomenico and trainer Hollendorfer, Alec’s Moon is returning to a synthetic
surface and trying a shorter distance after finishing third in the Golden Poppy
last month on the turf at Golden Gate Fields. The daughter of Malibu Moon and
the Conquistador Cielo mare Bello Cielo has four wins in nine starts and
earnings of $124,240.
Second behind Pedaltothemedal
earlier in the meet, Big Tiz has a win in seven races for owners Allen and
Susan Branch and Cory Wagner and trainer Mark Glatt. The Kentucky bred is a Tiznow filly out of the Carson City mare Squall City. She
has banked $140,110.
An 8 ½ length winner against
$50,000 claimers April 30, Advantage Player will try tougher for Doubledown
Stables Inc. and trainer Peter Miller. The Bernstein filly out of the With
Approval mare Regal Approval has two wins in six attempts with earnings of
Shah and Baffert will be
represented in the Railbird by May Day Rose, who returns to California after winning the Instant Racing
Stakes April 16 at Oaklawn Park. The
win was the fourth in eight starts for the Rockport Harbor
filly. Out of the Pine Bluff mare May
Day Bluff, May Day Rose has earned $264,555.
In two races over Cushion Track,
the Florida bred has a
win in the Sharp Cat Stakes last Nov. 7, followed by a fourth place finish in
the Grade I Hollywood Starlet.
Trainer John Sadler, who won the
Railbird with Melair in 1988 and Sportfull Snob in 1994, will seek another
victory with Hout Bay. Owned
by breeder Keith Abrahams and Michael Talla, the Harlan’s Holiday filly out of the West by West mare
Western Rush has one win in three races, earning $53,440.
Third in the race Pedaltothemedal
won last month, Spectacular Sky will be aiming for her second career win for
owners AJM Racing LLC and Jason Litt and trainer Marty Jones. The daughter of
Sky Mesa and the Boone’s Mill mare La Princesse Jolie has banked $54,750 in
The lone California bred in the lineup is Warren’s
Flyer. Third in the Melair at 1 1/16 miles April 23, the Doc Gus filly out of
the French Sassafras mare Perilous Flyer has won two of 10 and earned $114,200
for owner-breeder Benjamin Warren and trainer Jorge Gutierrez.
Owned by a partnership that
includes Tom Lenner and Skyline Stables, Orientatious was runner-up against
maidens in her lone start April 16 at Santa Anita. Trained by Mike Puype, the
daughter of Orientate and the Woodman mare Energise was beaten a half-length as
the 8-5 favorite. The second place finish was worth $10,800.
From inside out, the field for the
Railbird Stakes: Alec’s Moon, Tyler Baze, 121; Pedaltothemedal, Joe
Talamo, 117; Spectacular Sky, Chantal Sutherland, 115; Orientatious, Rafael
Bejarano, 115; Advantage Player, Angel Felix, 115; Big Tiz, Patrick Valenzuela,
115; Hout Bay, Alonso Quinonez, 115; Warren’s Flyer, Martin Pedroza, 117 and
May Day Rose, Joel Rosario, 121.