Unusual Hotie Aims for Another Stakes Win in Redondo Beach

June 06, 2013 12:30pm
Unusual Hottie will aim for her second stakes win of the Spring/Summer meet in the $70,000 Redondo Beach Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

A one mile turf event for older fillies and mares, the Redondo Beach is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.

Owned by Seyyed Nilforushan, Unusual Hottie is 2-for-2 at the meet, her first two starts for trainer Jeff Mullins.

The 4-year-old Unusual Heat filly out of the Ski Champ mare Branca Como Neve won an optional claimer at six furlongs on turf April 25, then stretched out and took the Fran’s Valentine – at the Redondo Beach distance - against fellow California breds May 18.

The three-quarters of a length victory in the Fran’s Valentine was her sixth in 13 starts and pushed her earnings to $289,498.

Second in the Fran’s Valentine, Sugarinthemorning will be trying to end a losing streak that has reached 13 for owner-breeder Stephen B. Weissman.

The 5-year-old daughter of Candy Ride and the In Excess mare Social Belle is 5-for-22 lifetime with earnings of $540,184, but hasn’t won since capturing the Fleet Treat Stakes July 30, 2011 at Del Mar.

Ron McAnally trains Sugarinthemorning. The Hall of Famer could become the first trainer to go back-to-back in the Redondo Beach. McAnally won a year ago with All Star Heart.

Trainer Paddy Gallagher, who won the inaugural Redondo Beach with Singalong in 2006, will send out Appealing.

Owned by Yvonne Jacques, the 4-year-old Bertolini filly out of the Spectrum mare Radiant Energy has won two of three in the United States. After finishing third in her debut in this country March 24, the Irish bred won an optional claimer at about 6 ½ furlongs on the Santa Anita turf April 20, then stretched out successfully to a mile May 19, winning another optional claimer by 3 ½ lengths May 19 at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Appealing has earned $98,379 while winning four of 11.

La Zubia and Morocco Moon are also coming off victories.

Owned by co-breeder Sarl Darpat France and trained by Simon Callaghan, who won this race in 2010 with Turning Top, La Zubia upset Miss Pippa in a $56,194 allowance May 4 in her Betfair Hollywood Park debut.

The win was the second in eight starts for the 4-year-old Montjeu filly out of the Diesis mare Trylko and boosted her bankroll to $61,264.

Morocco Moon hasn’t been seen since winning an optional claimer at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf in her U.S. bow last Oct. 5 at Santa Anita.

Trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale, Morocco Moon has won three of five and earned $49,284. The 4-year-old daughter of Rock of Gibraltar and the Pivotal mare One Giant Leap is owned by Alice Bamford and Anthony Speelman.

A two-time winner over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course, A Jealous Woman has been sidelined since finishing fifth of six in the Grade II Santa Ana Stakes March 24.

Trained by Francis Meza for Three Cent Stable and Niles Dickey LLC, the 7-year-old daughter of Muqtarib and the Fly So Free mare Miss Free Bird has won eight of 21 and earned $447,106. A Jealous Woman was sixth in last year’s Redondo Beach.

Long Face was runner-up behind Halo Dolly in the Grade III Wilshire Handicap in her last start April 28.

The 4-year-old Whywhywhy filly out of the Seeking the Gold mare Louve Mysterieuse has won three of 12 and earned $156,090. Patrick Biancone trains for Robert Trussell.

Journaliste returns to turf as she seeks her first win in the U.S. for Hronis Racing LLC and trainer John Sadler.

No better than fourth in three starts in this country, the 5-year-old Sky Mesa mare comes off a sixth place finish in the Time To Leave Stakes May 5. Out of the Mr. Prospector mare Jordanesque, Journaliste has won four of 10 and banked $58,023.

Stormy Lucy has been idle since finishing last in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf last Nov. 2.

Trained by Frank Lucarelli for owner Frank Gaunt, the 4-year-old Stormy Atlantic filly out of the Dixieland Band mare Here Comes Lucinda has won four of 13 and banked $206,045. Her best previous finish in two starts over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf was a third in the Grade II Honeymoon Handicap June 9, 2012.

Customer Base stretches out for Glen Hill Farm and trainer Tom Proctor, who won the 2011 Redondo Beach with Wild Mia, after finishing third behind Schiaparelli and stablemate Purim’s Dancer in the Great Lady M. Stakes May 26.

The 4-year-old daughter of Lemon Drop Kid and the Tale of the Cat mare Little Cat Feet has three wins in 11 starts and earnings of $153,472.

Owned by Arnold Zetcher LLC and trained by Ben Cecil, Good Karma has been inactive since finishing fifth of eight in the 2012 Redondo Beach.

An Italian bred daughter of Tobougg and the Slewpy mare Greedy Slewpy, the 5-year-old has won six of 15 and earned $275,317. She is winless in four races in the U.S. All of her victories came in her native land.

Little Emily is back with her own sex after finishing fourth in the Round Table Handicap May 12.

The 5-year-old daughter of Castledale and the Dom Alaric mare Emily’s Charm has four wins in 15 starts and earnings of $119,316. Robert Leonard trains for Penley Leonard.

From inside out, the field for the Redondo Beach Stakes: Little Emily, David Flores rides, 119 pounds; A Jealous Woman, Brice Blanc, 123; Long Face, Julien Leparoux, 119; Good Karma, Orlando Mojica, 115; Unusual Hottie, Joe Talamo, 119; La Zubia, Alonso Quinonez, 117; Journaliste, Edwin Maldonado, 115; Sugarinthemorning, Tyler Baze, 115; Appealing, Mike Smith, 117; Stormy Lucy, Martin Pedroza, 115; Customer Base, Garrett Gomez, 115 and Morocco Moon, Rafael Bejarano, 115.


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