Defending champion Teddy’s Promise
will seek her fifth win over
Cushion Track when she faces six opponents in the $70,000-added Time To
Leave Stakes Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
A five furlong event for older fillies and mares, the Time To Leave
is the third of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m. Track gates will
open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Trained by Ron Ellis for owner-breeders Ted and Judy Nichols,
Teddy’s Promise was the 7-5 morning line favorite in last weekend’s B.
Thoughtful Stakes, one of the main attractions of the 14th California
Gold Rush card.
However, Ellis scratched the 5-year-old mare April 27 – the morning
of the 7 ½ furlong race for fillies and mares bred or sired in
California – due to what he termed a “touch’’ of a bruise on her left
At the time, Ellis said the issue would be addressed during the
upcoming week, and if all went well, Teddy’s Promise would be ready for
the Time To Leave.
A daughter of Salt Lake and the Capote mare Braids and Beads,
Teddy’s Promise, who won the 2012 Time To Leave by a half-length over
Rumor, has won eight of 22 and banked $654,981. She’s earned $157,433 in
eight starts at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Shumoos returns to California after finishing sixth of 10 in the Grade I Madison over the Polytrack at Keeneland April 13.
Owned by Fawzi Abdulla Nass and trained by Ben Cecil, Shumoos has won
three of 10. The 4-year-old Distorted Humor filly out of the Storm Cat
mare Wile Cat has earned $212,541.
Second behind Secret Circle in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile
Sprint at Churchill Downs, Shumoos has won over a synthetic surface. The
Pennsylvania bred captured the Group III Betfred Bonus King Stakes Sept. 3, 2011 at Kempton in Great Britain.
Hidinginplainsight comes off a gate-to-wire victory in the Camilla Urso Stakes March 9 at Golden Gate Fields.
Trained by Mike Puype for a partnership that includes Blinkers On
Racing Stable, Wayne Barker and Robert Butler, the 4-year-old Elusive
Quality mare out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Hot Storm has won two of 10
and banked $131,750.
Journaliste will make her synthetic debut for Hronis Racing, LLC and trainer John Sadler in her first appearance since finishing sixth of seven in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes Jan. 26.
An Argentine bred daughter of Sky Mesa out of the Mr. Prospector
mare Jordanesque, Journaliste has four wins in nine outings and a
bankroll of $57,773. Prior to the Santa Monica, she was fourth in the
Cool Air Stakes over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf in her U.S. debut
last Nov. 23.
Magical Band overcame a sluggish beginning to win a $60,250 allowance by a nose April 12 at Santa Anita.
Owned by B G Stable and trainer Hector Palma, the 4-year-old
daughter of Dixie Union and the A.P. Indy mare Tricky Indy has won three
of nine and earned $132,950. She is winless in two races over Cushion
Scary Ride returns to Betfair Hollywood Park for the first time in
nearly six months after finishing fourth in an optional claimer March
A 5-year-old daughter of Candy Ride and the Deputy Minister mare
Spooky Minister, Scary Ride broke her maiden against $20,000 claimers by
nine lengths over Cushion Track in her debut last Nov. 23.
Claimed for $12,500 by her current connections – owner Karl Pergola
and trainer Denise Breuer – Jan. 5 at Santa Anita, Scary Ride is 2-for-5
with earnings of $37,400.
Sumalee, who hasn’t won since defeating $5,000 claimers at Los Alamitos
Oct. 14, 2011, is scheduled to make her first start of the year for
Udubee Stables, Norman Armstrong and trainer Gail Ruffu.
A 6-year-old daughter of Terrell and the Event of the Year mare Light of the Year has won six of 45 and earned $59,281.
From inside out, the field for the 3rd Time To Leave Stakes:
Sumalee, Salvador Iniguez rides, 118 pounds; Shumoos, Garrett Gomez,
120; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 124; Scary Ride, Alex Bisono,
118; Journaliste, Julien Leparoux, 118; Magical Band, Rafael Bejarano,
122 and Hidinginplainsight, Joe Talamo, 120.