Top Trainer O'Neill Aims at Hollywood Stakes
Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 6:55 PM
(From track report)
Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 6:55 PM
Doug O'Neill, the leading trainer at the Hollywood Park Autumn Meet with 10 victories entering the final two weeks, plans to enter a pair of horses in sharp form in graded stakes races this weekend.
O'Neill will start Fleetstreet Dancer in the $100,000 Native Diver Handicap (gr. III) Saturday and Cee's Elegance in the $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares Sunday.
Fleetstreet Dancer, a 4-year-old gelding, has won his last two starts here since being claimed off a victory at Santa Anita for $40,000 for owners Lee and Ty Leatherman.
"That's three in a row since Ray Bell gelded him the race before I took him, and it really helped," said O'Neill in explaining the horse's recent improvement.
Cees Stable's Cee's Elegance, a 5-year-old mare, comes off a four-length victory in the Cat's Cradle Handicap for California-breds at 7 ½ furlongs here Nov. 24.
"She has trained here exclusively and running on this track has helped her," said O'Neill of the roan who has posted three of her four career victories here. "She's got speed and heart, a good combination."
Euchre and Grey Memo, the two-four finishers respectively last year, head the probable field for the Native Diver at 1 1/8 miles. Expected to run are: Euchre, Alex Solis, assigned 118 pounds; Grey Memo, Mike Smith, 117; Piensa Sonando, Laffit Pincay, Jr., 116; Fleetstreet Dancer, Tyler Baze, 112, and Nose The Trade, no rider, 112. Possibles include Dig For It, Gentle Giant and High Wire Act, all at 113.
Euchre breezed a half mile in :50 here Wednesday for trainer Bobby Frankel, while Piensa Sonando worked five furlongs in 1:02.40 at Santa Anita for Ron McAnally.
Starrer will defend honors in the Bayakoa at 1 1/16 miles as the probable starting highweight. Considered definite are: Starrer, Patrick Valenzuela, 118; Adoration, Mike Smith, 115; Angel Gift, David Flores, 115; Cee's Elegance, Victor Espinoza, 113, and Secret of Mecca, Julie Krone, 111. Possibles include Netherland (115), Polaire (114) and Top Of Our Game (113).
Frankel said that he would skip the Bayakoa with Surya because of dissatisfaction with the 4-year-old filly's highweight assignment of 119 pounds.
"Either Surya or Tates Creek will run in the Dahlia, if the weights are okay," said Frankel. The $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles on grass here Dec. 21.
Polaire worked a half mile in a bullet :47 here Wednesday for the Don Burke II stable.
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