Cassidy's Star Duo to Get Hollywood Billing
Updated: Friday, April 18, 2003 7:31 PM
Posted: Friday, April 18, 2003 7:31 PM
Steelaninch and Star Vega, the Jim Cassidy-trained duo who swept the La Puente and Providencia, respectively, last weekend at Santa Anita will likely make their next starts during the upcoming Hollywood Park meeting, Cassidy said.
"Steelaninch is being pointed toward the Will Rogers," Cassidy said, referring to the grade III test for 3-year-olds at a mile on the turf on May 25. "Then it's possible we'll take him up to Arlington for the big races there over the summer. But that will depend on how he runs in the Will Rogers."
Steelaninch, an English-bred son of Inchinor owned by Jim Ford Inc. and Deron Pearson, won four races in Great Britain before being purchased by his current owners and imported to California late last year. In his first North American start March 14, the slight gray colt finished second in the Academy Road Stakes and followed that up with his La Puente victory. Overall, he's banked $150,066 from a career line of 12-5-1-2.
Star Vega, who won the Providencia by a neck, was initially set to get a slight break, but had her plans changed after emerging from her latest win in great shape.
"We were going to give her some time, but she came out of the race so well, she'll most likely start in the (June 7) Honeymoon," Cassidy said. The Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap is a nine-furlong turf test for 3-year-old fillies worth $150,000, plus $50,000 in Breeders' Cup money.
"After that she'll probably start in the ($750,000) American Oaks (on July 5). But that's just a plan because there's a chance she may run up at Arlington this summer as well."
Star Vega is also owned by Ford and Peaerson, as well as John Richard Cuchna. She was a two-time winner from four starts in England before being sent to North America. She began her 2003 campaign with a runner-up finish in the Some Sensation Stakes before winning the Providencia. Her career line reads 6-3-1-0, $124,400.
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