Another Thrill for Santos in Hollywood's Gamely
Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 7:06 PM
(from Hollywood Park track notes)
Posted: Wednesday, May 21, 2003 6:41 PM
Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, can cap a dream month Monday when he flies west from New York to ride Dress To Thrill in the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf.
Dress To Thrill, a 4-year-old Irish-bred filly, will make her first start since winning the Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) over the course in December for trainer Dermot Weld. She was transferred to Christophe Clement days after winning the Matriarch and spent the winter with his stable in Florida.
"It's an ambitious race, but she looks good and she's training well," said Clement Wednesday from his training base at Belmont Park in New York. "She just worked five-eighths on the turf here Sunday. She will ship Friday with my assistant, Arnaud Delacour."
Santos and Clement have teamed for success at Hollywood before, winning the 2000 Citation Handicap during the Autumn Turf Festival with Charge d'Affaires.
Santos' four biggest wins at Hollywood came with Chief Bearhart in the 1997 Breeders' Cup Turf; Success Express in the 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Criminal Type in the 1990 Hollywood Gold Cup, and Best Pal in the 1990 Hollywood Futurity.
Clement finished third in the Gamely last year with Voodoo Dancer. Dress To Thrill, who upset female grass champion Golden Apples in the Matriarch last year, again will face stern competition in a five-horse lineup that includes Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) winner Dublino and the Bobby Frankel-trained trio of Tates Creek, Miss Terrible and Megahertz.
Tates Creek, who was supplemented for $10,000, and Miss Terrible worked six furlongs on turf in tandem in 1:13.60 to the satisfaction of Humberto Ascanio, assistant to Frankel. "They worked good; Bobby wanted about 1:14," said Ascanio.
Jose Valdivia, Jr. worked Miss Terrible, while Marco Ramirez was up on Tates Creek.
The probable Gamely lineup: Dress To Thrill, Santos, 122 pounds; Dublino, Kent Desormeaux, 122; Tates Creek, Patrick Valenzuela, 122; Megahertz, Alex Solis, 118, and Miss Terrible, David Flores, 117.
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