INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 4, 2010)—Trainer David Hofmans, who has won two of the first four renewals of the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes, will try for another Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Hofmans, who won the inaugural Sharp Cat with Balance, a half-sister to Zenyatta, in 2005 and repeated with Runway Rosie the following year, will send out Teddy’s Promise against five opponents.
An ungraded affair for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track and a prep for the $250,000-guaranteed Hollywood Starlet Dec. 11, the Sharp Cat returns to the Autumn meet stakes schedule after a one year hiatus.
Owned by breeders Ted and Judy Nichols, Teddy’s Promise, a California bred daughter of Salt Lake and the Capote mare Braids and Beads, was dominant against maidens in her third start Oct. 17.
After finishing second and 10th in her first two races, Teddy’s Promise won by 7 ¾ lengths as the 11-10 favorite during the Oak Tree/Hollywood Park season.
The win came at 6 ½ furlongs, so the Sharp Cat will be her first venture around two turns. She has earned $31,400.
Big Tiz, a Tiznow filly out of the Carson City mare Squall City, is the only member of the field with a win at the Sharp Cat distance. She defeated maidens by a head Oct. 10.
Owned by Allen and Susan Branch and Cory Wagner and trained by Mark Glatt, Big Tiz has started four times, earning $35,860.
The lone stakes winner in the lineup is True Way of Grace. The daughter of Yes It’s True and the Giant’s Causeway mare Evil’s Causeway won the Barretts Debutante Sept. 18 at Fairplex Park.
The half-length victory was her first in her third outing. Subsequently, True Way of Grace finished fifth of seven in the Oak Leaf Stakes, a Grade I, Oct. 3. She’s banked $62,400 for owner Peter O. Johnson and trainer Alexis Barba.
Second and third with Toro Bonito and Ten Churros when the Sharp Cat was last run in 2008, Bob Baffert will be represented Sunday by May Day Rose.
Owned by Kaleem Shah, the Rockport Harbor filly out of the Pine Bluff mare May Day Bluff won once in two starts at Del Mar, but has yet to travel beyond 5 ½ furlongs. Her bankroll is $40,000.
Darling Ciana is the lone participant that has multiple wins. The Lion Heart filly out of the Afternoon Deelites mare has won two of three for trainer Art Sherman, who also co-owns the Kentucky bred with Phil Banetti.
An earner of $30,400, Darling Ciana was best versus $40,000 maiden claimers Aug. 25 at Del Mar, then won a starter allowance Oct. 15 at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.
A 20-length maiden winner on the grass at Turf Paradise Oct. 22, Wallstreeter returns to Southern California for owner-breeder Darley Stable and trainer Eoin Harty.
The Street Cry filly out of the Forest Wildcat mare Silvestris has started three times with earnings of $7,400. Harty and Darley won the 2008 Sharp Cat with Pamona Ball.
The Sharp Cat is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 12:30 p.m.
From inside out, the field for the Sharp Cat Stakes: Big Tiz, Rafael Bejarano rides, 117 pounds; May Day Rose, Martin Garcia, 117; Wallstreeter, Alonso Quinonez, 117; Teddy’s Promise, Joel Rosario, 115; Darling Ciana, David Flores, 115 and True Way of Grace, Paul Atkinson, 119.
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