Sumaya Us Stables' Isola Piu Bella has been installed as the morning line favorite for Saturday's $250,000 Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III) at Hawthorne. The nine-furlong test for fillies and mares three and up drew a field of seven.
Isola Piu Bella was named Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old filly in her native Chile last year. She has won four group one affairs in Chile, and in her second North American start, annexed the Sabin Handicap (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park in February. She came back to run second to D'Wildcat Speed in the Rampart Handicap (gr. II) last month. The 5-year-old daughter of Rich Man's Gold is conditioned by Todd Pletcher.
Bobby Frankel will ship Edmund Gann's Personal Legend to Chicago to contest the Sixty Sails. The 5-year-old by Awesome Again
has banked $500,340 lifetime and is a three-time stakes victor, including the Stage Door Betty New Year's Day at Calder to kick off her 2005 campaign. She was most recently a close-up fourth behind Tarlow in the Santa Margarita Invitational Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita in March.
Injustice capped off an Oaklawn Park campaign this season with a victory in the Azeri Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) in March. The gray by Lit de Justice
is trained by local kingpin Wayne Catalano.
Rare Gift ships in from New York after a third in the Next Move Handicap (gr. III) at Aqueduct, where she took the Ladies Handicap (gr. III) last year. She has hit the board in six stakes affairs and has banked better than $200,000 lifetime. Friel's for Real finished just behind Rare Gift in the Next Move after winning the Maryland Racing Media Handicap at Laurel in February. She is a three-time stakes winner and races as a homebred for Gilbert Campbell.
Ghostly Gate will be the local hero in the field, having taken the Merry Colleen over the surface April 1. She also scored in an allowance tilt at Oaklawn in March, and has won a stake in each of the past three seasons. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer brings Uninhibited Song in from California, where she won the Foster City Handicap in March by daylight.
The field for the Sixty Sails, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
1) Ghostly Gate (Chris Emigh, 113)
2) Friel's for Real (Harry Vega, 114)
3) Injustice (Eusebio Razo Jr., 115)
4) Rare Gift (Joe Bravo, 115)
5) Personal Legend (Jerry Bailey, 117)
6) Isola Piu Bella (John Velazquez, 118)
7) Uninhibited Song (Larry Sterling Jr., 113)