Trainer Ron McAnally hopes to spring an upset in the $200,000 Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday at Hollywood Park with French-import Alozaina. If he does, he will tie the late trainer Charlie Whittingham for most Honeymoon victories.
McAnally won the 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares with Do So in 1988 and Antespend in 1996. He took last year's renewal with Innit.
Arnold Zetcher purchased the Irish-bred Alozaina after she recorded one victory, two seconds, and two thirds in France. Zetcher, a Boston resident who owns the Talbots women's clothing store, has expanded his stable to five after winning his first race, the Manhattan Beach Stakes, with Gabriellina Giof at Hollywood Park last year. All five runners are stabled with McAnally.
Challenging Alozaina for the Honeymoon title will be Always Country, who is shipping in from her Florida base. Always Country enters the Honeymoon off a come-from-behind nose victory in the Lenta Stakes on the Calder turf May 4. The Formal Dinner filly has posted two firsts, one second, and two thirds in nine outings for trainer Steve DiMauro.
Megahertz, La Martina, High Society, and Arabic Song--all with proven form on the Southern California circuit-are expected to highlight the lineup.
Megahertz and La Martina will make their first starts since Megahertz nipped the latter by a nose in the Providencia Stakes on the Santa Anita turf April 13. High Society finished second in the Senorita Stakes and Arabic Song enters off two strong turf allowance scores.
The probable field for the Honeymoon includes: Megahertz (Patrick Valenzuela, 120); La Martina (Jose Valdivia, Jr, 119); Arabic Song (Chris McCarron, 117); High Society (David Flores, 116); Always Country (Laffit Pincay, Jr., 115); and Alozaina, Goncalino Almeida, 114).