INGLEWOOD, Calif. (June 13, 2013)—Trainer Ron Ellis will send out multiple graded stakes winners Teddy’s Promise and Include Me Out against seven opponents in the $70,000 Desert Stormer Handicap Sunday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Named in honor of the 1995 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner, the Desert Stormer, which is for older fillies and mares at six furlongs over Cushion Track, is the eighth of nine races. Post time Sunday is 1 p.m. Track gates will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Owned by breeders Ted and Judy Nichols, Teddy’s Promise comes off a 4 ¼ length victory as the 2-5 favorite in the Time To Leave Stakes May 5 in her return to Betfair Hollywood Park.
The victory was the fifth in nine races over Cushion Track for the 5-year-old daughter of Salt Lake and the Capote mare Braids and Beads. Overall, Teddy’s Promise is 9-for-23 with earnings of $710,991.
A winner of four graded events in 2012 – including the Grade II Marjorie L. Everett Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park – Include Me Out will be making her 5-year-old debut Sunday.
Owned by Samantha Siegel’s Jay Em Ess Stable, the daughter of Include and the Mazel Trick mare Don’t Trick Her has been sidelined since finishing third behind Royal Delta and My Miss Aurelia in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic last Nov. 2.
The dark bay, who is stabled at Betfair Hollywood Park, has won six of 13 and banked $911,600. She has a win and two seconds in three appearances over Cushion Track.
Winding Way returns after a layoff of more than eight months for owner-breeder B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm LLC and trainer Carla Gaines.
A 4-year-old Malibu Moon filly, Winding Way began her career 3-for-3 before trailing at 3-10 in the L.A. Woman Stakes last Oct. 7 at Santa Anita.
Out of the More Than Ready mare More Than Pretty, Winding Way is proven fresh and over Cushion Track. She broke her maiden by 4 ¾ lengths in her local debut June 10, 2012.
Via Villaggio is also on the comeback trail for owner and California Horse Racing Board commissioner Steve Beneto and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
The 4-year-old Bernardini filly out of the Alhaarth mare Hoh Buzzard has been idle since finishing 11th of 13 in the Grade II Raven Run last Oct. 20 at Keeneland.
Bred in Kentucky by Michael Lynch, Via Villaggio has won three of 15 and earned $294,695. She earned her lone win over Cushion Track in the Grade III Railbird Stakes May 19, 2012.
Shumoos will seek her second win of the year after chasing Teddy’s Promise in the Time To Leave.
Owned by Fawzi Nass and trained by Ben Cecil, the 4-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor and the Storm Cat mare Wile Cat has three wins in 11 starts and a bankroll of $227,011.
Conkate switches surfaces after finishing third behind Egg Drop and Hidinginplainsight in a $57,842 allowance on turf May 24.
Owned by a partnership that includes Gary Margolis, Rutherford Group, Ltd. and Steve Rothblum and trained by Doug O’Neill, the 4-year-old gray daughter of Exchange Rate has won four of 18. Out of the Honour and Glory mare First Glory, Conkate has earned $146,180.
Givine will also go turf to synthetic after being pulled up in the Great Lady M. Stakes May 26.
Owned by Marsha Naify and trained by Julio Canani, Givine has six wins in 26 starts and earnings of $255,780. She has lost 16 in a row since winning the Great Lady M. May 29, 2011.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the 2006 Desert Stormer with My Miss Storm Cat and again in 2011 with Irish Gypsy, will be represented Sunday by Candrea.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the 4-year-old Trippi filly out of the American Chance mare Burn Brightly, has won three of 14 and earned $198,000. Two of her wins have come in three starts over Cushion Track.
The Florida bred has been away since finishing second to Sister Kate in the Santa Lucia Stakes April 14 at Santa Anita.
Self Preservation will be making her first start since winning an optional claimer over the Polytrack at Del Mar last Sept. 1.
Cecil trains the 4-year-old daughter of Lion Heart and the Dahar mare Saintly Speaking for Reddam Racing LLC. She’s earned $243,997 while winning two of nine.
From inside out, the field for the Desert Stormer Handicap: Self Preservation, Mario Gutierrez rides, 113 pounds; Conkate, Edwin Maldonado, 113; Teddy’s Promise, Victor Espinoza, 124; Candrea, Martin Garcia, 117; Givine, Jorge Carreno, 113; Via Villaggio, Julien Leparoux, 117; Include Me Out, Joe Talamo, 124 and Shumoos, Tyler Baze, 116.
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