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Breeders' Cup 2017

O'Neill Enters Four in Willard Proctor Memorial

Wake Up Nick
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Bad Read Sanchez, a 10-length debut winner June 20 at Santa Anita, and the undefeated Wake Up Nick, top a quartet entered by trainer Doug O’Neill in the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes Sunday at Los Alamitos.

The Proctor is the first of two stakes for 2-year-olds at six furlongs to be offered on the final day of the inaugural Summer Thoroughbred Festival. It is the third of nine races.

Later in the afternoon, six fillies will get together in the $100,000 Cinderella. Headlining the field is Heart of Paradise, an impressive first out winner for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer June 5 at Santa Anita. The Cinderella will go as the eighth race.

Both the Proctor and Cinderella were previously run at Hollywood Park.

Wake Up Nick, who is 2-for-2 after his victory in the $125,200 Santa Anita Juvenile, and Bad Read Sanchez are owned by J. Paul Reddam’s Reddam Racing LLC as is first-time starter Litigation Road. O’Neill also entered Henry’s Holiday.

After winning by 9 ¼ lengths as the 1-2 favorite May 1, Wake Up Nick stepped into stakes company and prevailed by three-quarters of a length June 22. Purchased for $35,000 at the Barretts March sale, the Cindago colt out of the Lion Hearted mare Storm Hearted has earned $108,600.

A $130,000 buy at the 2013 Keeneland September sale, Bad Read Sanchez completed five furlongs in 57.48 seconds when the 2-1 favorite against seven opponents.

The runaway victory was worth $33,600 for the son of Warrior’s Reward and the Pulpit mare Past Twilight.

Owned by Success Racing, Henry’s Holiday was fourth in the Santa Anita Juvenile after winning by 3 ¼ lengths in his May 9 bow. The son of Harlan’s Holiday and the Victory Gallop mare Ford Gallop has earned $41,100.

Purchased for $42,000 at a sale in April, Litigation Road is a son of Bellamy Road and the Dynaformer mare Dynameesch.

Story to Tell followed his debut maiden win May 23 with a runner-up finish in the SA Juvenile.

Owned by Cecil Peacock and trained by Dan Hendricks, Story to Tell, who is by Bluegrass Cat and out of the Silver Deputy mare Haddie Be Good, has banked $58,600.

Peradventure, who dominated California breds by 4 ½ lengths in his June 27 debut, is a gelded son of Papa Clem and the Boundary mare Holiday Sale. Scott Rollins trains for C T R Stables LLC. The victory was worth $33,600.

From inside out, the field for the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes: Bad Read Sanchez, Mario Gutierrez rides, 121 pounds; Wake Up Nick, Saul Arias, 121; Henry’s Holiday, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Story to Tell, Joe Talamo; Litigation Road, Elvis Trujillo, 116 and Peradventure, Joe Steiner, 121.

Owned by Hollendorfer in partnership with Dan Hoefflin and George Todaro, Heart of Paradise earned $33,600 for her 2 ½ length win while covering five furlongs in 57.76.

A $145,000 buy at the 2013 Keeneland September sale, the dark bay is by More Than Ready out of the Speightstown mare Paradise Playgirl.

Shh She’s Ours was a local gate-to-wire winner July 4 as the 2-1 favorite in her debut for Tarilyn Anderson and trainer Paul Aguirre.

Purchased for $35,000 at the Fasig-Tipton sale in Kentucky last October, the daughter of Tiz Wonderful and the Forestry mare Our Secret collected $25,200 for her victory by 1 ¾ lengths.

Global Hart tries tougher after a win against $40,000 maidens June 21 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Jorge Periban for Via Encanto Farms LLC, the Globalize filly out of the In Excess mare Sarah’s Hart has one win in three starts and a bankroll of $24,700.

La Grange finished second against maidens in her June 8 debut over the Polytrack at Arlington Park.

Owned by Big Chief Racing LLC and trained by Keith Desormeaux, the daughter of Curlin and the Awesome Again mare Jennie R. finished directly in front of coupled stablemate Midnight Candy, who was fifth behind Shh She’s Ours in her California bow.

The field is completed by a pair of maidens – Abets Abet and Slew’s Charm - trained by Mike Harrington.

Owned and bred by Harrington and wife Patricia, Abets Abet has started three times and earned $18,068. Her best finish was a distant second behind Lost Bus May 26 at Santa Anita. In her most recent appearance, the Southern Image filly out of the Swiss Yodeler mare Neeko was fifth of nine in the Landaluce Stakes June 22.

A daughter of Roi Charmant and the Unusual Heat mare The Toast of Troy, Slew’s Charm has raced twice and banked $15,568 for owner Barclay Rozmund. She was second behind Line Leader June 12 at Santa Anita.

From inside out, the field for the Cinderella Stakes: Global Hart, Tiago Pereira rides, 118 pounds; Heart of Paradise, Mike Smith, 121; La Grange, Kent Desormeaux, 116; Shh She’s Ours, Iggy Puglisi, 121; Abets Abet, Aaron Gryder, 116 and Slew’s Charm, Tyler Baze, 116.


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