This week is a race recap written by Robert Hebert of the 1968 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park won by Gamely.
Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Gamely, Charles Whittingham, Monrovia, , All American, Lone Star Park Handicap, Winning Colors, Arlington Classic, Daytona, Red Bank, Japanese Derby, Sha Tin Vase, Nassau, Marine, and more.
The grade 1 action is at The Great Race Place on Saturday, May 27 of Memorial Day weekend, as the $300,000 Gamely Stakes and $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes share top billing.
- By Steve Haskin
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Lemon Chiffon, a lightly-raced 6-year-old mare, hopes to spring an upset in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf May 30.
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Magical Fantasy, winner of the Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita last month, and Black Mamba, who came up a nose shy in a desperate stretch drive, will battle again in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf May 30.
Heavy favorite Precious Kitten got her first win in the Lael Stables silks when she collared pacesetting Diamond Diva at the top of the lane and cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory in the $283,000 Gamely (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park May 26.
English import Diamond Diva faces the biggest challenge of her career when she takes on grade I winners Precious Kitten and Rutherienne in the $250,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup (gr. IT) on the Inglewood turf May 26.
Stronach Stables' odds-on choice Citronnade earned her fourth successive stakes win and her first grade I score with a front-running victory in the $367,800 Gamely Breeders' Cup for fillies and mares on the Hollywood Park turf during Monday's Memorial Day program.
Trainer Bobby Frankel will saddle the highly-regarded duet of Citronnade and Price Tag as he aims to add to his record six wins in the $300,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IT) on turf Monday at Hollywood Park.
Grade I winner Vacare, a 4-year-old filly unbeaten in five starts, will be shipped to Hollywood Park for the $300,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup (gr. IT) on May 28, trainer Christophe Clement said Friday from New York.
Shining Energy isn't just a mile specialist anymore. The Julio Canani-trained 4-year-old filly trailed the field in Monday's $349,500 Gamely Breeders' Cup (gr. IT) into the far turn, then unleashed a tremendous bid in the stretch to win going away in a mild surprise on the Hollywood Park turf.
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.
Film Maker, the probable favorite for Monday's $300,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park, won't be making the trip from Maryland after she popped a quarter-crack, according to trainer H. Graham Motion.
Trainer Julio Canani said Wednesday that Shining Energy would join the lineup in the $300,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Hollywood Park Monday.
Owner/breeder Janis R. Whitham and Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally doubled their pleasure Monday when their Mea Domina held on to beat entry mate Solar Echo in the $441,500 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) on the Hollywood Park turf.
Multiple stakes winner Miss Terrible, who returned to action after a long layoff with back-to-back graded stakes wins, will ship west for the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park on Monday.
Halo Ola, champion older female in Argentina last year, will make her United States debut in the $350,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park on May 30, trainer Luis Seglin announced on Thursday.
Jockey Mike Smith, bumped from Azeri for Monday's Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I), notched a grade I win on Memorial Day anyway. He guided Noches De Rosa to an upset victory over a furiously closing Megahertz in the $324,250 Gamely Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park.
Megahertz and Dimitrova, winners of the first two American Oaks, will hook up in Monday's $350,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.
Ladies Din, an 8-year-old gelding whose legacy will be closely linked to the Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), will seek a repeat victory in the grass stake at Hollywood Park on Monday. A small but talented field of a half dozen fillies will look to the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) as their turf showcase.
Trainer Laura de Seroux hopes to repeat the memorable Memorial Day weekend she experienced last year when Azeri won the Milady (gr. I) on Saturday and Astra captured the Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on turf on the following Monday. With Astra retired, de Seroux will send out highly regarded Dublino in the $350,000-added Gamely.
Jose Santos, who rode Funny Cide to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, can cap a dream month Monday when he flies west from New York to ride Dress To Thrill in the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on the Hollywood Park turf.
Dublino, a leading contender for the $350,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) May 26, drilled five furlongs in 1:01.80 on the Hollywood Park turf Sunday.
Tranquility Lake, never worse than second in seven tries over the Hollywood Park turf, heads a classy field of seven distaffers in Saturday's $250,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. I) at nine furlongs. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Marty Wygod, the Rahy mare captured the 1999 running of the Gamely by better than five lengths.
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