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