Reddam Fillies Double Trouble in Gamely BC
Updated: Monday, May 29, 2006 2:29 PM
Posted: Friday, May 26, 2006 7:19 PM
(from Hollywood Park notes)
Sharp Lisa and jockey Corey Nakatani nip Gamely foe Eternal Melody in last month's Santa Barbara Handicap.
J. Paul Reddam, the majority owner of Sharp Lisa and Dancing Edie, entered both 4-year-old fillies on Friday for the $300,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf on Monday.
Reddam would be thrilled if either horse wins the prestigious race but he also has a secondary goal in mind. The first three finishers in the race will earn invitations to the inaugural $750,000 CashCall Mile Invitational (gr. IIIT) on July 1, a race that Reddam is sponsoring in the name of his consumer lending company.
Sharp Lisa, a grade I winner on dirt and a grade II winner on turf, would have a strong case for one of the 12 invitations regardless of how she fares in the Gamely, but Dancing Edie would probably need to finish in the top three for a CashCall invitation. She finished second in the Fran's Valentine Stakes on the Hollywood turf April 30 and was third in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) last year.
Reddam initially planned to send Dancing Edie to Canada for the $300,000 Nassau Stakes (Can-II) at Woodbine on June 3 but elected to enter in the Gamely after conferring with trainer Craig Dollase.
Sharp Lisa, winner of Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) on the grass at Santa Anita last start by a nose over Eternal Melody, heads the Gamely field. Overall, the chestnut filly has won four of 12 starts for earnings of $597,100. Doug O'Neill trains Sharp Lisa.
Both fillies have shown speed in their turf races but Dancing Edie would probably set the pace if both start. Dancing Edie will be ridden for the first time by Tyler Baze, who last year guided Mea Domina to a wire-to-wire victory over stablemate Solar Echo for owner Janis Whitham and trainer Ron McAnally.
Shining Energy won the American Beauty Handicap at one mile on turf in her most recent start and also captured the San Clemente Handicap (gr. IIT) last summer at Del Mar.
Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel has already saddled a record six Gamely winners. Irish-bred Argentina and New Zealand-bred Eternal Melody will represent him in Monday's 40th running.
Hollywood Story is the richest horse in the Gamely field with earnings of $922,015, but she has only started on turf once when she finished third in the 2004 American Oaks.
Dalicia is a group III winner in Germany.
The Gamely joins the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) as co-feature on the Inglewood track's Memorial Day program.$300,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IT, Race 6, 3:50 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Dalicia (GER), 116, David Cohen
2. Shining Energy (KY), 118, Victor Espinoza
3. Ticker Tape (GB), 116, Jose Valdivia, Jr.
4. Hollywood Story (KY), 116, Martin A. Pedroza
5. Argentina (IRE), 116, Alex O. Solis
6. Sharp Lisa (KY), 120, Corey S. Nakatani
7. Dancing Edie (CA), 116, Tyler Baze
8. Eternal Melody (NZ), 116, David R. Flores
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