INGLEWOOD, Calif. (August 17, 2011)—Cambina and Nereid, who finished in a dead heat in a thrilling Grade I American Oaks July 16 at Hollywood Park, were among 13 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for the $250,000 Del Mar Oaks.
A Grade I at 1 1/8 miles on turf, the Del Mar Oaks is the eighth of 10 races Sunday. Post time at Del Mar is 2 p.m. Track gates at Hollywood Park open at 10:30 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by a partnership and trained by Jeff Bonde, Cambina was able to earn a share of the victory despite encountering trouble in the stretch. An Irish bred daughter of Hawk Wing and the Peintre Celebre mare Await, Cambina has won six of 12 and earned $370,426. She will be reunited Saturday with jockey Garrett Gomez, who was aboard for three consecutive stakes wins earlier in the year at Santa Anita.
Trained by John Shirreffs for owner Eric Kronfeld, Nereid won for the third time in as many races on turf when making her stakes debut in the American Oaks. The Rock Hard Ten filly has banked $168,800.
Summer Soiree will make her California debut for trainer Graham Motion and owner Team Valor International in the Oaks. In her initial race for her current connections and her first start on turf, Summer Soiree, a daughter of War Front, romped in the Boiling Springs, winning the Grade III by 8 ½ lengths June 25 at Monmouth Park.
From inside out, the field for the Del Mar Oaks (the last three listed are also-eligibles) : Entrustment, Alonso Quinonez rides, 122 pounds; Star Billing, Victor Espinoza, 122; Summer Soiree, Gabriel Saez, 122; Bizzy Caroline, Manoel Cruz, 122; Sarah’s Secret, Joel Rosario, 122; Celestial Kitten, Patrick Valenzuela, 122; Cambina, Garrett Gomez, 122; Singapore Lilly, Mike Smith, 122; Nereid, Joe Talamo, 122; Up In Time, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Halo Dolly, Russell Baze, 122; Rosehill Dew, Brice Blanc, 122 and Dynamo, Martin Pedroza, 122.
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