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Grande Melody Rallies for Dahlia Victory

Grande Melody made a dramatic late charge under jockey Julien Leparoux to snare victory from favorite and fellow Irish-bred Naissance Royale at the wire in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) as Hollywood Park's 36-day autumn meet came to a close Monday, Dec. 18.

Smith Caps Big Day as Katdogawn Wins Dahlia

Jockey Mike Smith completed a sweep of Hollywood Park's rich co-features Saturday when he brought Katdogawn from well back in the stretch to hold off Personal Legend by a nose in a furious finish of the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) on the grass Saturday.

No Vindication, but Toccet Duels With Kafwain

A pair of highly promising 2-year-olds, multiple stakes winner Toccet from the East and locally-based Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Kafwain, are set to clash in Saturday's Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park. A field of 11 fillies and mares also entered Saturday's Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT).

Surya Drills as Frankel Mulls Dahlia Options

Trainer Bobby Frankel seeks a record sixth victory in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, but as of Sunday he remained unsure of whether Surya or Tates Creek would represent his stable in the 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Surya Drills as Frankel Mulls Dahlia Options

Trainer Bobby Frankel seeks a record sixth victory in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) Saturday, but as of Sunday he remained unsure of whether Surya or Tates Creek would represent his stable in the 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Tout Charmant Works for Dahlia

Tout Charmant, winner of the 2000 Matriarch (gr. IT) on the turf at Hollywood Park, worked seven furlongs in 1:28.40 at Santa Anita Friday for the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT) for fillies and mares on grass Dec. 21.

Starrer, Verruma Notch Graded Victories at Hollywood Park

Starrer made up for tough luck earlier in the year, coming from off the pace under Jerry Bailey to win the grade II, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap by one length over game California-bred filly Queenie Belle at Hollywood Parkon Saturday. In the day's third graded stakes, Garrett Gomez guided Brazilian-bred Verruma to a half-length victory over Vencera in the $150,000 Dahlia Handicap.

Smooth Player Heads Dahlia Field

Smooth Player was sent off at odds of 5-1 in each of her two most recent races, but the 4-year-old Bertrando filly probably won't offer quite so much value in Saturday's $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT), for which she has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

Smooth Player Heads Dahlia Field

Smooth Player was sent off at odds of 5-1 in each of her two most recent races, but the 4-year-old Bertrando filly probably won't offer quite so much value in Saturday's $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT), for which she has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

Smooth Player Heads Dahlia Field

Smooth Player was sent off at odds of 5-1 in each of her two most recent races, but the 4-year-old Bertrando filly probably won't offer quite so much value in Saturday's $150,000 Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT), for which she has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite.

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