INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 9, 2013)—Defending champion Dhaamer will try to stay undefeated over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf course when he takes on five opponents in the $70,000-added Round Table Stakes Sunday.
A 1 ½ mile race for older horses, the Round Table is the seventh of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Trained by Mike Mitchell for owners Edward J. Brown, Jr. and Jay Manoogian, Dhaamer won the Round Table by 4 ½ lengths as the 11-10 favorite in 2012. The Irish bred gelding followed that decisive victory with a 3 ¼ length score – at the same distance – in the Grade III Sunset Handicap a little over two months later.
A 6-year-old son of Dubai Destination out of the Ahonoora mare Arjuzah, Dhaamer returns to the grass after finishing sixth of eight in the Grade III Tokyo City Stakes March 23 over the Santa Anita main track.
The subpar performance came after eight months on the sidelines for Dhaamer, who was worse than second only once in five starts last year. He’s won five of 16 in his career with earnings of $214,522.
Diamondsdiplomat will make his first appearance for trainer Peter Miller and Rockingham Ranch after being claimed for $50,000 April 27.
It was the third consecutive race from which the 5-year-old Diplomatic Jet gelding out of the Kipper Kelly mare La Kipper was claimed. He finished fourth as the 2-1 favorite after setting a quick pace in his Betfair Hollywood Park debut last month.
Bred in Florida by George Gurrola, Diamondsdiplomat has won six of 25 and banked $218,212.
Lime Rickey will be making his first start over the local turf after finishing fourth in the Grade II San Juan Capistrano Handicap April 21 at Santa Anita.
Owned by a partnership that includes Whitney LLC and trainer Bill Spawr, the 7-year-old gelded son of Lemon Drop Kid and the Deputy Minister mare Kootenai has won seven of 39 and earned $442,347.
Niagara Falls will try winners for a second time after breaking through againsdt maidens May 5.
The 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway colt won at 1 3/16 miles in his first excursion over the Betfair Hollywood Park turf.
Out of the Kingmambo mare Istikbal, Niagara Falls has one win in five starts and earnings of $44,160 for Mrs. Paul Shanahan and trainer Patrick Biancone.
Rounding out the Round Table lineup are two females – Madera Castana and Little Emily.
A 6-year-old, Chilean-bred daughter of Indy Dancer and the Dancing Groom mare Madera Fragante, Madera Castana has been idle since finishing last in an optional claimer over the Tapeta at Golden Gate Feb. 23.
Owned by Green Grass Stable and trained by Angel Rodriguez, the dark bay has lost 23 in a row since winning the Group I Alberto Solari Magnasco in her native country Nov. 6, 2010.
Winless in 21 races in the United States, Madera Castana is 2-for-32 lifetime with earnings of $144,278.
Little Emily stretches out four furlongs after finishing last in the Grade III Wilshire Handicap April 28.
Trained by Robert Leonard for owner Penley Leonard, Little Emily has won four of 14. The 5-year-old daughter of Castledale and the Dom Alaric mare Emily’s Charm has earned $114,900.
From inside out, the field for the fifth Round Table Handicap: Lime Rickey, Rafael Bejarano rides, 115 pounds; Diamondsdiplomat, Joe Talamo, 117; Little Emily, Brice Blanc, 116; Niagara Falls, Martin Pedroza, 117; Dhaamer, Garrett Gomez, 121 and Madera Castana, Omar Figueroa, 121.
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