Woebegon, a first out maiden winner over Cushion Track June
26, will make her first start in some 2 ½ months in the $100,000 Moccasin
Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Photo: Hollywood Park
Won a year ago by Turbulent Descent, the Moccasin is for
2-year-old fillies and contested at seven furlongs. It is the third of nine
races. Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m.
Owned by Jay Em Ess Stable and trained by Peter Miller,
Woebegon was nearly 14-1 when she wired nine opponents in her debut. Since
then, the daughter of Saint Anddan and the Montbrook filly Wontoo has finished
fourth in the Landaluce, then was eighth of 10 in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante
Purchased for $125,000 earlier this year at a Florida sale,
Woebegon has earned $36,000 in her three starts.
Samantha Siegel of Jay Em Ess Stable has been involved with
two previous Moccasin winners in partnership with her late parents Jan and Mace
Siegel. The Siegels won with Ifyoucouldseemenow in 1990 and Urbane (1994).
Eva’s Joy will make her first appearance in Southern
California for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John Sadler.
Purchased privately by her current connections after she
prevailed in her debut at Calder Oct. 6, the Kitten’s Joy filly out of the Rahy
mare Vineyard Vines was third in the Golden Gate Debutante Nov. 5 at Golden
Gate Fields. She’s earned $24,300.
A victory Sunday would be the second in the Moccasin for
Sadler, who won with Evita Argentina in 2008.
A two-time winner of the Moccasin, Hall of Fame trainer Bob
Baffert will be represented by Lady Hokulea.
Successful by a neck first time out Sept. 11 at Emerald
Downs when in the stable of Jim Penney, Lady Hokulea, who is owned by Kamaaina
Thoroughbreds, has earned $9,130. She’s by Roman Ruler out of a Broad Brush
mare Tennis Lady.
Baffert’s two wins in the Moccasin came in consecutive years
– Victory U.S.A. (2003) and No Bull Baby (2004).
A well-beaten third in the Anoakia Stakes Oct. 22 at Santa
Anita, Evelyn’s Dancer will make her Hollywood
Park debut for trainer
Troy Taylor. A Songandaprayer filly out of the Southern Halo mare Seraphic Too,
Evelyn’s Dancer is 2-for-4 with a bankroll of $37,191.
Owned by Mark DeDomenico LLC and North American Thoroughbred
Racing Co. Inc., Evelyn’s Dancer earned her wins in the first two starts of her
career. She defeated $25,000 maidens June 24 at Emerald Downs, then took a
starter allowance sprint July 28 at Del
Mar in her first start for her current connections.
Fresh off a maiden victory Oct. 23 at Santa Anita, Made to
Love Her is the most experienced member of the field. She’s been worse than
third only once in five races, earning $53,960.
Trained by Jim Kasparoff for Copper Penny Stables, Made to
Love Her is a daughter of Stevie Wonderboy and the Storm Boot mare Love Boot.
In her lone try at Hollywood
Park, she was second
outing July 7.
From inside out, the field for the 25th Moccasin
Stakes: Evelyn’s Dancer, Mario Gutierrez rides, 116 pounds; Woebegon, Joe Talamo, 116; Made to Love Her, Rafael
Bejarano, 116; Eva’s Joy, Joel Rosario, 116 and Lady Hokulea, Martin Garcia,