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Zenyatta Heads Lady's Secret Noms

Zenyatta, who has won all 18 of her starts for owners Jerry and Ann Moss and trainer John Shirreffs, is among 14 fillies and mares nominated to the $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes Presented by TVG.

Scheduled for 1 1/16 miles over the Cushion Track at Hollywood Park, the Lady’s Secret is one of six Grade 1 races that will be run over the first weekend of the inaugural Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meet.

The 22-day season begins on Sept. 30. Four of the Grade 1’s will be run on Oct. 2. In addition to the Lady’s Secret, the others are the $250,000 Norfolk Stakes, the $250,000 Goodwood Stakes and the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes. Entries will be taken for those events on Sept. 29.

The remaining pair – the $250,000 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship, Presented by TVG, and the $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes - will be contested on Oct. 3. Entries will be taken Sept. 30.

The most significant of the Lady’s Secret nominees besides Zenyatta, who has won the race the last two years and who is seeking her eighth win at Hollywood Park, is Kentucky Oaks winner Blind Luck.

A 3-year-old daughter of Pollard’s Vision trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Blind Luck scored one of her most significant victories locally in 2009. She won the Hollywood Starlet by seven lengths.

Shirreffs also nominated Zardana, who won the 2009 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park and is best known for her upset of Rachel Alexandra in the New Orleans Ladies Classic in March at the Fair Grounds.

Eleven 2-year-olds were nominated to the Norfolk, which is run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. Heading the list is J P’s Gusto, who has won four stakes in a row for owner Gem, Inc. and trainer David Hofmans.

The son of Successful Appeal won the Willard L. Proctor Memorial and Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park before victories in the Best Pal and Del Mar Futurity at Del Mar.

Among the 14 nominees for the Goodwood, which will go at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, are 2010 Hollywood Gold Cup winner Awesome Gem, Lookin At Lucky, whose victories include the 2009 CashCall Futurity and the Preakness and Haskell earlier this year, two-time Pacific Classic hero Richard’s Kid and Twirling Candy, fresh off a victory in the Del Mar Derby.

The Yellow Ribbon, run at 1 ¼ miles on turf, also attracted 14 nominations. Among them are Beverly D. winner Éclair de Lune, the consistent Lilly Fa Pootz and Turning Top, who won the Redondo Beach and Beverly Hills over the Hollywood Park grass during the spring-summer meet.

A total of 11 were nominated for the Hirsch, which is run at 1 ¼ miles. The list includes multiple stakes winner Bourbon Bay and Del Mar Handicap winner Champ Pegasus.

Fourteen 2-year-old fillies were nominated to the Oak Leaf, which is run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track. Bob Baffert, who has won the race seven times since 1997, has four nominees – A Z Warrior, Alienation, May Day Rose and Star Presence. Heading the list of nominees is impressive Darley Debutante winner Tell a Kelly, trained by John Sadler for owners Ike and Dawn Thrash.

The first four days of the Oak Tree meet will include one other graded stakes. The $100,000 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap, a Grade III which will be run at six furlongs on turf on opening night (Sept. 30) attracted 14 nominations.

For a complete list of all stakes nominations, visit www.oaktreeracing.com







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