Class Included, overmatched when seventh at 38-1 in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) last month, should get some class relief in the $200,000 Bayakoa Handicap Presented by Oak Tree Racing Association (gr. II) Dec. 8 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The 1 1/16-mile Bayakoa attracted some tough distaffers, among them 2011 Queen's Plate winner Inglorious and Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) winner Willa B Awesome. But the Emerald Downs-based 4-year-old filly won't be facing the likes of champions Royal Delta and My Miss Aurelia, the first two finishers in the Ladies' Classic Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by Jim Penney, Class Included will be making her synthetic debut for Michael and Amy Feuerborn, who bred the daughter of Include . The Bayakoa goes as the sixth race on Saturday's 10-race program at Hollywood Park. Probable post time for the Cushion Track test of fillies and mares is 3:04 p.m. PST. The race is followed later on the card by the $500,000 Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) for 2-year-old fillies.
Steadied early and rank, Class Included found herself near the back of the field in the Ladies' Classic, not where she wants to be, and the pride of the Northwest was never a factor while beaten 11 1/4 lengths.
Jockey Kevin Krigger takes over for Russell Baze on Class Included, who finished worse than second for the first time in her 17-race career in the Breeders' Cup. The grade III winner, who had her four-race win streak snapped, has 10 prior victories at Emerald Downs and Hastings Racecourse. Class Included will break from post 7 under 119 pounds in the eight-horse field.
Inglorious drew the far outside slot in her Southern California racing debut for trainer Josie Carroll and owner Donver Stable. Inglorious has done most of her racing at Woodbine, where she ripped off three wins in a row last year, including prestigious victories in the Woodbine Oaks Presented by Budweiser and the Queen's Plate over 3-year-old males.
She is winless in five starts since the Queen's Plate, however, including three races this year, all on turf. Inglorious has won five of her six lifetime starts on synthetic tracks. The daughter of Hennessy posted her first workout at Hollywood Dec. 1, breezing five furlongs in 1:04 4/5.
Mike Smith takes the call on the bay filly, who has not been out since running third behind Marketing Mix in the Dance Smartly (Can-IIIT) July 8 at Woodbine. Inglorious is a five-time winner from 12 starts and leads the field in earnings with $1,378,751.
Willa B Awesome, who captured the Santa Anita Oaks by a nose over Reneesgotzip in a 13-1 upset March 31, is the 121-pound highlight in the Bayakoa. The California-bred daughter of Awesome Gambler looks to get back into winning form after four consecutive losses for trainer Walther Solis. Her last win came at Hollywood, also by a nose, in the Melair Stakes for state-breds at the Bayaoka distance April 12.
Third in the one-turn Cat's Cradle Handicap Nov. 18, Willa B Awesome tuned up for her start with a bullet five-furlong move in 1:01 flat Dec. 1 at Hollywood, fastest of 27 on the day. Martin Pedroza guides the chestnut filly from post 2.
Charm the Maker last visited the winner's circle more than a year ago following the Sharp Cat Stakes over the track and distance. She makes her first appearance on Cushion Track since a runner-up finish to Killer Graces in last year's Hollywood Starlet. The Ron McAnally trainee has been close in her past two starts, both on turf, including a good closing third in the one-mile Autumn Miss Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Santa Anita Oct. 27.
Three of McAnally's wins in this race came when it was known as the Silver Belles Handicap: Happy Guess (1981), Paseana (1991), and Brought to Mind (1992). He won the 1996 Bayakoa with Listening.
Open Water, another 3-year-old comes off a fifth in the Autumn Miss for trainer Eric Guillot. She was third in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) this summer and has performed well on synthetic tracks with two wins from four tries.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the 2010 Bayakoa with Washington Bridge, sends out Lady of Fifty. Co-owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, the daughter of After Market has won five of 10 starts, including the Palm Springs Handicap at Santa Anita Nov. 1. The 3-year-old gray will be making her first start at Hollywood Park.
$200,000 Bayakoa Handicap (gr. II, Race 6, 3:04 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/16 Miles (All Weather)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Open Water (KY), C S Nakatani, 114, E J Guillot
2. Willa B Awesome (CA), M A Pedroza, 121, W Solis
3. Lady of Fifty (KY), M Garcia, 114, J Hollendorfer
4. Madera Castana (CHI), B Blanc, 117, A M Rodriguez
5. Changethechannel (KY), T Baze, 114, S McCarthy
6. Charm the Maker (KY), G K Gomez, 114, R L McAnally
7. Class Included (KY), K Krigger, 119, J Penney
8. Inglorious (ON), M E Smith, 117, J Carroll