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Breeders' Cup 2017

Baffert Sends Out Pair in A Gleam

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the A Gleam for the first time a year ago when Irish Gypsy edged Ultra Blend, will send out a pair – American Lady and Glamorista – in search of a repeat.

Owned by Kaleem Shah, American Lady, a 4-year-old gray daughter of Stormy Atlantic and the Rubiano mare Comfort Zone, comes off a win as the 9-10 favorite in the restricted Reminiscing Stakes June 1.

The win was the second in three races over Cushion Track – she was second in her loss – for American Lady. She’s 3-for-6 overall with earnings of $133,866.

Glamorista has the same record at Betfair Hollywood Park while winning three of five lifetime. The 5-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song and the Dr. Blum mare Critical Crew has banked $113,500 for Thoroughbred Legends Racing Stable.

Grade I winners Switch and Teddy’s Promise will try to rebound after subpar performances in the Desert Stormer Handicap June 17.

Trained by John Sadler for Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, Switch was fourth in the Desert Stormer, extending her losing streak to eight.

Winner of the 2010 La Brea and 2011 Santa Monica in succession, the 5-year-old daughter of Quiet American and the Nicholas mare Antoniette hasn’t won since taking the Santa Monica by 3 ½ lengths well over 16 months ago.

Part of the exacta in five of six races over Cushion Track, Switch has won five of 20 lifetime and earned $1,242,562. Sadler is seeking his third A Gleam victory in five years. The trainer won back-to-back with Dearest Trickski (2008) and Evita Argentina (2009).

Teddy’s Promise, who won the 2011 La Brea at 16-1, was fifth in the Desert Stormer, six weeks after a last-to-first victory in the Time To Leave Stakes.

Trained by Ron Ellis for owner-breeders Ted and Judy Nichols, the 4-year-old California bred daughter of Salt Lake and the Capote mare Braids and Beads has won six of 16 and banked $414,681. Four of her wins have come in seven starts over Cushion Track.

Second behind Turbulent Descent in the Desert Stormer, Izzy Rules will be aiming for the most significant win of her career. Trained by Jeff Bonde for owners George and Mary Clare Schmitt, the daughter of Peace Rules and the Dayjur mare Da Dance has won seven of 20 and earned $257,683.

The only graded win for the Florida bred came earlier this year when she dominated five opponents as the 13-10 favorite in the Grade III Las Flores March 11 at Santa Anita.

Winless in three synthetic efforts, Mildly Offensive also exits the Desert Stormer. The Sharp Humor filly out of the Personal Flag mare It’s Personal finished third for owner Warren B. Williamson and trainer Carla Gaines. The 4-year-old has won three of nine and has a bankroll of $191,826.

Sugarinthemorning cuts back and changes surfaces after finishing second as the 7-10 favorite in the grassy Fran’s Valentine Stakes May 20.

Trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally for owner-breeder Stephen B. Weissmann, Sugarinthemorning is a California bred daughter of Candy Ride and the In Excess mare Social Belle. She’s earned $386,684 while winning five of 15.

Moonstruck Maya will be making her first appearance in a graded race after winning her last two starts by a combined 12 ¾ lengths.

The most recent victory for the 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly came in an optional claimer June 24 in her first race for trainer Peter Miller and owners Kirk and Judy Robison. Those connections had claimed the Kentucky bred, who is out of the Crafty Prospector mare Astickypropostion, for $40,000 out of an eight length win May 31. Moonstruck Maya is 3-for-12 lifetime with earnings of $106,352.

From inside out, the field for the 58th A Gleam Handicap: Mildly Offensive, Joe Talamo rides, 115 pounds; Moonstruck Maya, Juan Hernandez, 111; Glamorista, Chantal Sutherland, 115; Switch, Garrett Gomez, 122; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 120; American Lady, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Izzy Rules, Edwin Maldonado, 117 and Sugarinthemorning, Martin Garcia, 116.



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