INGLEWOOD, Calif. (April 28, 2010)-Cat By The Tale, who chased Tuscan Evening in her two most recent starts at Santa Anita, is the likely favorite in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
A Grade III at one mile on the turf, the Inglewood is the ninth of 11 races on the program. In conjunction with the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs, post time on Saturday at Hollywood Park is 11 a.m. Gates will open at 7 a.m. and the first simulcast is at 7:30 a.m.
Locally, the Derby will be shown between the eighth and ninth races. Scheduled post time for the Kentucky Derby is 3:24 p.m. PDT.
Trained by Neil Drysdale for owner Matthew Cioros, Cat By The Tale was fourth behind Tuscan Evening, the Horse of the Meet at Santa Anita’s winter-spring season, in the Buena Vista, then second in the Santa Ana Handicap on March 21.
A 5-year-old daughter of Tale Of The Cat out of the Irish bred mare St Clair Ridge, Cat By The Tale has won five of 19 and earned $287,258. Co-highweight along with Princess Haya at 118 pounds, Cat By The Tale will break from post 5 in the field of 10. She will be ridden for the first time by Tyler Baze.
Owned by Eileen Hartis and trained by Carl O’Callaghan, Princess Haya, a 5-year-old Street Cry mare, will be making her Hollywood Park debut in the Wilshire.
Idle since a third place finish in the E.P. Taylor last Oct. 17 at Woodbine, the Texas bred has won four of 14 and earned $412,901. Travis Dunkelberger, who made his first Hollywood Park appearance last weekend with a couple of mounts on California Gold Rush Day, will ride.
Sweeter Still will be looking for her second Grade III win on the Hollywood Park turf course. The 5-year-old Irish bred daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar and the Belmez mare Beltisaal won the 2008 Senorita. Felipe Valdez has the mount for owner David Lanzman and trainer Jeff Mullins. She has won four of 11 and banked $271,761.
Trainer Jim Cassidy, who won the Wilshire with Diamond Diva two years ago, will send out a pair – April Pride and Dextera.
Sixth of eight in the Santa Ana in her first race of 2010, April Pride has won three of 15. Her most recent win came in the Harold C. Ramser Handicap last Oct. 24 during the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. She has post nine and stablemate Dextera, who has won four of 18, will break directly outside of her.
From the inside out, here is the complete cast for the 49th running of the Wilshire: You Lift Me Up, Russell Baze rides, 116 pounds; Toque De Queda, Brice Blanc, 115; Exquisite, Victor Espinoza, 114; Sweeter Still, Felipe Valdez, 117; Cat By The Tale, Tyler Baze, 118; Princess Haya, Travis Dunkelberger, 118; Czechers, Frank Alvarado, 116; Medaglia D’Amour, Alonso Quinonez, 112; April Pride, Julio Garcia, 116 and Dextera, Silvio Amador, 113.
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