INGLEWOOD, Calif. (May 4, 2011)—Multiple graded stakes winner Sidney’s Candy will make his first start of 2011 in the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap Saturday at Hollywood Park.
A Grade II at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the LeRoy is the first of three stakes on the 11-race card, preceding the $70,000 Cool Frenchy for older horses at five furlongs and the $100,000 Senorita Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on turf. The LeRoy goes as the third, the Cool Frenchy is the fifth and the Senorita is the 10th.
In conjunction with the simulcast of the 137th Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs, Hollywood Park will have an early post time of 11 a.m. Saturday.
The Kentucky Derby – which has a scheduled post time of 3:24 PDT – will be shown between Hollywood Park’s eighth and ninth races. The entire Derby Day card will be simulcast. Gates open at 7 a.m. at Hollywood Park. The first import is 7:30 a.m.
Owned by Jenny Craig and trained by John Sadler, Sidney’s Candy, whose biggest victory came in the 2010 Santa Anita Derby, has been away since winning the Sir Beaufort last Dec. 26. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride and the Storm Cat mare Fair Exchange has won six of 11 and earned $893,560.
Bred in Kentucky by Craig and her late husband Sid, Sidney’s Candy is seeking his first win at Hollywood Park. In his lone appearance, the chestnut was defeated by a head by Skipshot as the 1-5 favorite in the Swaps Stakes last July 17.
Trained by Richard Mandella for B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm, Crown of Thorns stretches out in the LeRoy after finishing seventh of 10 in his first start of the year in the Potrero Grande April 3 at Santa Anita.
A 6-year-old son of Repent and the Thunder Gulch mare Crowning Touch, Crown of Thorns has two wins in nine races and has banked $687,080. His only graded win – the 2009 Robert B. Lewis at Santa Anita – came at the LeRoy distance.
If Crown of Thorns is successful, Mandella will tie the late Bobby Frankel for most LeRoy wins. Mandella has three, the most recent with Out Of Mind in 2000.
Honour the Deputy will be making his first start on something other than conventional dirt Saturday. Owned by a partnership that includes Barnett Stables LLC, Mark DeDomenico LLC and George Todaro and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, the three time winner is a 4-year-old Honour and Glory gelding out of the French Deputy mare Deputy’s Delight. He’s earned $87,724 in seven outings.
Aiming for his initial graded victory, Honour the Deputy worked a best of the morning six furlongs in 1:12 1/5 April 25 on the Hollywood Park main track. In his most recent start, the gray was second, defeated by a half-length, by Worth Repeating in the Tokyo City, a Grade III, March 26 at Santa Anita.
Worse than second only once in six races over Cushion Track, Spurrier comes off a third in the Tokyo City, finishing 1 ½ lengths behind Honour the Deputy.
Trained by Bob Baffert for owner Arnold Zetcher, Spurrier has won five of 29 and has a bankroll of $348,947. The 6-year-old is a gray son of Dixieland Band and the Valiant Nature mare Humble.
Owned by Gary and Cecil Barber, Coffee Boy will make his California debut for new trainer Peter Miller.
A 4-year-old Yonaguska colt out of the Unbridled’s Song mare Heythisis Sarah, Coffee Boy won three of seven and earned $222,750 while competing in Florida for trainers Todd Pletcher and Marty Wolfson. His lone graded victory came in the Carry Back, a Grade II, last July at Calder.
From inside out, the field for the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap: Honour the Deputy, Brice Blanc rides, 115 pounds; Crown of Thorns, Tyler Baze, 119; Coffee Boy, Joe Talamo, 116; Sidney’s Candy, Alonso Quinonez, 123 and Spurrier, Chantal Sutherland, 115.
Cambina, who rattled off three consecutive stakes victories earlier in the year on turf at Santa Anita, heads a field of eight in the Senorita.
Trained by Jeff Bonde for a partnership, the Irish bred daughter of Hawk Wing and the Peintre Celebre mare Await won the La Habra, a Grade II, the China Doll and the Grade II Providencia in succession in a span of less than seven weeks. She’s won five of nine lifetime with earnings of $240,426.
Fourth behind Cambina after setting the pace in the Providencia, Wave of Applause is one of two entrants for trainer Jim Cassidy.
Owned by David Bienstock and Charles Winner, the Royal Applause filly out of the Danehill mare Making Waves has a win in six starts. Her bankroll is $53,633.
Cassidy will also be represented by Fifth Ave, a sprint winner in her United States debut April 15 at Santa Anita.
Dismissed at 13-1 in the field of five, the daughter of Avonbridge and the Danehill Dancer mare Cozette prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths over favored Rumor in the $56,000 allowance at 6 ½ furlongs on turf.
Owned by Cassidy and Paula Regina, Fifth Ave has won three of 14 and banked $57,731.
Fifth in the Providencia, Hard to Resist has one win in four tries with earnings of $39,400 for a partnership that includes the Estate of Frank Alesia, Bran Jam Stable and Ciaglia Racing LLC and trainer Peter Eurton.
A first out winner down the hill March 18 at Santa Anita, Star Billing will be seeking to give trainer John Shirreffs and owner George Krikorian their second Senorita victory. The duo combined to win with Makeup Artist in 2003.
Part of a favored entry, Star Billing won by 2 ¼ lengths after a pace pressing trip. The win was worth $32,400 for the daughter of Dynaformer and the Thunder Gulch mare Topliner. She was bred in Kentucky by her owner.
Trainer Paddy Gallagher, who won the 2007 Senorita with Valbenny, will try for another Saturday with Entrustment. A winner in her grass debut April 3 at Golden Gate Fields, the daughter of Forestry and the Private Account mare Entrusted is owned by Theresa and Edward DeNike. She has two wins in four starts and has earned $41,320.
Great Hot, an easy winner in her U.S. debut on the Santa Anita main track March 27, will stretch out and try grass for the first time for owner-breeder Jessica Coudelaria and trainer A C Avila. The Brazilian bred daughter of Orientate and the Seeking the Gold mare That’s Hot is 1-for-2 with earnings of $37,430.
A distant third in the Santa Paula Stakes in her only previous visit to Southern California, Justenufappeal returns after scoring in her initial try on turf. The Exchange Rate filly out of the World Appeal mare Hasty Appeal captured the Golden Poppy as the 17-10 favorite April 16 at Golden Gate.
Trained by Steve Specht for a partnership that includes Praz Racing Stable and former jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, Justenufappeal has won three of six with earnings of $109,200.
During his Hall of Fame career, Delahoussaye won the Senorita once, taking the 1987 renewal aboard Pen Bal Lady.
From inside out, the field for the Senorita Stakes: Hard to Resist, Alonso Quinonez rides, 117 pounds; Cambina, Brice Blanc, 121; Wave of Applause, David Flores, 115; Fifth Ave, Tyler Baze, 115; Star Billing, Chantal Sutherland, 115; Great Hot, Omar Berrio, 115; Entrustment, Kayla Stra, 117 and Justenufappeal, Joe Talamo, 121.
Cost of Freedom, a five time winner over Cushion Track, returns after a layoff of more than three months in the inaugural Cool Frenchy.
Named in honor of a 20 time winner who earned over $320,000 for co-owner and trainer Mary Lichlyter, the Cool Frenchy will be Cost of Freedom’s first start since he finished third, beaten by a neck, as the 3-5 favorite in the Sunshine Millions Sprint Jan. 29 at Santa Anita.
Trained by John Sadler for the Barbers, the 8-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding and the Moscow Ballet mare Freedom Dance has won 11 of 22 while earning $879,983. Most of that bankroll has been accumulated since the California bred was claimed by his current connections for $50,000 in July, 2008 at Del Mar.
Worse than third only once in nine starts at Hollywood Park, Cost of Freedom set a track record for the Cool Frenchy distance the last time he competed here. The dark bay won the Miles Tyson Stakes –his third victory in a row over Cushion Track – in 56.14 last Dec. 11.
The winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Dancing in Silks will be seeking to end a six race losing streak in the Cool Frenchy.
Trained by Kathy Walsh for owner Ken Kinakin, the 6-year-old Black Minnaloushe gelding and the Royal and Regal mare Lemhi Lane hasn’t won since his 25-1 surprise in the Breeders’ Cup. He’s earned $1,487,102 while capturing seven of 19.
In his first start for Walsh, Dancing in Silks finished third in the Sensational Star Handicap on the Santa Anita turf in his most recent race Feb. 27.
Goggles McCoy, who has won five of seven with earnings of $150,580, returns to Southern California after a gate-to-wire victory in his 2011 debut March 13 at Golden Gate. Trained by Steve Sherman for owner-breeders Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Shapiro, the 4-year-old In Excess gelding out of the Slew City Slew mare Swahili Song did not fare well in his previous visit to Hollywood Park.
The bay was last of five in the California Cup Sprint during the Oak Tree meet last Oct. 30.
Fourth in the Potrero Grande after disputing the pace in his first race as a 5-year-old, M One Rifle will be shooting for his second victory over Cushion Track.
A winner of four of 12 with earnings of $414,872, the One Man Army gelding and the Bertrando mare Loumena races for a partnership that includes breeders Ed Bernstein, Brian Greenspan and trainer Bruce Headley.
Owned by Green Grass Stable and trained by Ruben Cardenas, Al Instante will be making his first start in this country after winning five of eight in his native Chile. The 4-year-old Caesarion colt and the Carson City mare Alphagram has earned $37,927.
Baffert will be represented by Bulldogger, who won an allowance race as the favorite Feb. 17 at Santa Anita in his first outing of 2011. Owned by Patti and Hal Earnhardt III, the 4-year-old son of Dixie Union and the Tricky Creek mare Silent Stream has won three of six and banked $113,438.
From inside out, the field for the Cool Frenchy Stakes: Al Instante, Joy Scott rides, 120 pounds; M One Rifle, Chantal Sutherland, 118; Cost of Freedom, Tyler Baze, 124; Goggles McCoy, David Flores, 124; Bulldogger, Alonso Quinonez, 120 and Dancing in Silks, Brice Blanc, 118.
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