Race of the Week 2017

Dawnie Macho Too Fleet in Landaluce

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One month removed from a record setting victory in her debut at Arlington Park, Dawnie Macho made a successful transition to California, leading throughout to win the $100,000 Landaluce Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park.


In her first start for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John Sadler after being privately purchased, the 2-year-old Macho Uno filly out of the Montbrook mare Blush Of Dawn quickly established command, then withstood a late rally from Izshelegal, who was nearly 21-1.


With the three-quarters of a length victory in 1:10.75 for the six furlongs, Dawnie Macho, the 5-2 third choice in the field of eight, gave jockey Joe Talamo a sweep of the most significant races of the season for 2-year-olds. On July 5, Talamo had captured the $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship aboard favored J P’s Gusto.


Dawnie Macho, who broke the track record for 4 ½ furlongs at Arlington when defeating maidens by five lengths in 51.16 seconds on June 12, returned $7, $4.60 and $3.60.


A first time starter by Maria’s Mon out of the Crafty Prospector mare Astickyproposition, Izshelegal , who was next to last after a half-mile, paid $13.40 and $6.40 as she finished well for trainer Terry Knight.


Belleofthebridle, the 2-1 favorite, finished 1 ¼ lengths behind Izshelegal. She paid $3 to show.


“When I flew to Chicago to look at her she reminded me a lot of Coco Belle, another horse I trained,’’ said Sadler after his second win in three years in the Landaluce. Emmy Darling had won for him in 2008.


“I got into Chicago at 5:30 in the morning to look at her and then got on a plane and flew back. We put a deal together about a week after her first race.’’


Talamo was impressed with Dawnie Macho, who was trained by Wayne Catalano in Illinois.


“She not only has speed, but she’s rateable,’’ he said. “She broke so sharp, then just came right back to me. I talked to John this morning and he gave me all the confidence in the world. He said she will do whatever you want and she did.’’


She’ll Heir, the 2-1 second choice, finished fourth, one length behind Belleofthebridle, then came Hi Ho Yodeler, Swiss Wild Cat, Moonstruck Maya and Michailasheartlite.


One race before the Landaluce, Our Shorty and Mesa Thunder were the principals in the first win dead heat of the meet.


Nearly 7-1, Our Shorty, a 6-year-old Strike Gold gelding, was ridden by Paul Atkinson for owner-breeder Cecil Moore and Jacob Kester and trainer Robert Lucas.

Tyler Baze rode Mesa Thunder, a 3-year-old son of Sky Mesa, for trainer Craig Dollase and West Point Thoroughbreds.


The final time for the six furlongs in the $49,734 allowance was 1:10. Our Shorty and Mesa Thunder finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of third place finisher Scored.


Live racing will resume Thursday. Post time is 1 p.m. General admission will be free.


Hollywood Park will be open for simulcasts on Wednesday – beginning at 10 a.m. Admission is free in the Casino.






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