Race of the Week 2017

Teddy's Promise Faces Two Grade I Winners in A Gleam

Saturday's Grade II A Gleam field includes three Grade I winners – Teddy’s Promise, Byrama and Book Review.

Teddy’s Promise, who collected her most significant victory in the 2011 La Brea Stakes, will be seeking her sixth win over Cushion Track for owner-breeders Ted and Judy Nichols.

Trained by Ron Ellis, the California-bred daughter of Salt Lake, who was a troubled third as the 4-5 favorite in the Desert Stormer, has started 10 times over the Betfair Hollywood Park main track. She’s been second or third in two of her defeats.

Out of the Capote mare Braids and Beads, the 5-year-old has won nine of 24 and banked $722,397. Teddy’s Promise was fifth in last year’s A Gleam.

Byrama cuts back in distance for Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trainer Simon Callaghan after a 6-1 upset going nine furlongs in the Grade I Vanity Handicap June 15.

The 3 ½-length victory came in Byrama’s initial try over Cushion Track and was her fifth win in 19 starts. The 4-year-old Byron filly out of the Darshaan mare Aymara has earned $484,750.

The last filly/mare to win the Vanity and A Gleam in the same year was Dontstop Themusic in 1985.

Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens has the return call on Byrama. Stevens has won the A Gleam a record seven times, most recently with Alphabet Kisses in 2005.

Book Review is one of two entered by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won this race two years ago with Irish Gypsy.

Owned by breeders Gary and Mary West, Book Review, a 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway filly and the Distorted Humor mare Clever Babe, has excelled at the A Gleam distance. She has won four of five at seven furlongs, including the La Brea last Dec. 26.

Sidelined since finishing second as the 11-10 favorite in the Grade II Santa Maria Feb. 16, Book Review has won five of 12 and earned $664,955.

Maker Or Breaker will make her first start around one turn since she won her debut – at six furlongs – July 26, 2012 at Del Mar.

A 4-year-old Empire Maker filly out of the Flying Chevron mare Shameful, Maker Or Breaker has three wins in six starts for owner-breeders Patti and Hal Earnhardt, III and earnings of $135,460.

Rumor has been away since finishing fifth of nine over a sloppy surface in the Grade I Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard May 4 at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella for Ramona S. Bass, LLC, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider, the 5-year-old Indian Charlie mare has won six of 15. Out of the Deputy Minister mare Mini Chat, Rumor has earned $394,391.

Mandella is a two-time winner of the A Gleam, scoring with Le L’Argent in 1987 and Survive (1991).

Reneesgotzip will make her first start of 2013 for Lanni Family Trust and trainer Peter Miller.

The 4-year-old City Zip filly out of the Distorted Humor mare No Dress Code has been idle since finishing second – beaten by a neck – in the Grade I La Brea last Dec. 26.

Bred in Kentucky by John Liviakis, Reneesgotzip is undefeated in three starts over Cushion Track, including a victory in the Skillful Joy Stakes last Dec. 1. She’s won five of 10 lifetime and earned $514,460.

Winding Way was fifth in the Desert Stormer in her first race since trailing in the L.A. Woman Stakes last Oct. 7.

Carla Gaines trains the 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly for owner-breeder B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm LLC. Out of the More Than Ready mare More Than Pretty, Winding Way has banked $171,281 while winning three of five. Her sole stakes win came in the Grade III Rancho Bernardo Handicap last Aug. 19 at Del Mar.

Conkate will make her graded stakes debut for trainer Doug O’Neill and a partnership that includes Rutherford Group Ltd., Gary Margolis, Jeff Ho and Steve Rothblum.

A 4-year-old gray daughter of Exchange Rate and the Honour and Glory mare First Glory, Conkate has won four of 19 and earned $150,623.

Claimed for $32,000 by her current connections Feb. 10, Conkate has one win in five starts since the purchase. She was fourth in the Desert Stormer.

From inside out, the field for the 59th A Gleam Handicap: Reneesgotzip, Garrett Gomez rides, 118 pounds; Byrama, Gary Stevens, 119; Conkate, Edwin Maldonado, 113; Winding Way, Martin Garcia, 115; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 122; Rumor, Mike Smith, 119; Book Review, Rafael Bejarano, 118 and Maker Or Breaker, Corey Nakatani, 115.


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I chose Teddy's Promise, too, because she looked a winner last out until she was bottled up and didn't get through on the rail.
than you
In the contest, I picked Book Review and Teddy's Promise. Book Review due to the distance being longer than most here might like. Teddy's Promise--her trainer seemed a tiny bit surprised that her roommate won instead of Teddy's Promise last race, when she didn't get through on the rail. Like both for overall speed, too.

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