Happyanunoit, purchased by Newsells Park Stud for $1.4 million at last year's Keeneland November sale, produced her first foal, a Giant's Causeway filly, at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. She will be bred back to Danehill.
Some of the most exciting female runners of 2001 will stay in training, barring injury, through 2002. However, a number of grade or group I-winning mares will visit the breeding shed for the first time this year.
Happyanunoit, a champion in her native New Zealand before earning millionaire status in North America for John and Jerry Amerman's Amerman Racing Stable, is booked to European champion Giant's Causeway.
Happyanunoit, who was being pointed to the July 21 Ramona Handicap (gr. I), has instead been retired due to an injury to an ankle ligament.
On Sunday, Astra avenged a defeat to Happyanunoit in last year's Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT), pulling away in the stretch to a four-length triumph over last year's winner in the $200,000 Hollywood Park feature.
Jockey Kent Desormeaux will return from a 10-week stint in Japan to ride at Hollywood Park on Sunday. Included in Desormeaux's four mounts on the card is Astra, the Santa Barbara Handicap winner who will carry 121 pounds in the Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT).
Favored Tranquility Lake received no respite from a pair of Bobby Frankel trainees in Saturday's $221,350 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park. After Frankel-trained High Walden took the front-running Tranquility Lake out of her game early on, stablemate Happyanunoit rallied in the stretch to win by a head. The win marks the fifth time a Frankel-conditioned horse has won the Gamely Handicap.
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.
Millionaire mares Tranquility Lake and Happyanunoit offer the packed resumes for the $250,000-added Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT) for fillies and mares on Saturday at Hollywood Park, but Kalypso Katie appears to be the interesting filly on the rise.
Millionaire Happyanunoit, who finished third in the Nov. 26 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park in her last start, will stay in training for the 2001 season.
Tout Charmant earned her second career grade I stakes win by beating Tranquility Lake and Happyanunoit to the wire in a thrilling stretch duel in the $500,000 Matriarch Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Age proved no impediment to 9-year-old gelding John's Call, who led all the way Saturday in the $750,000 Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) at Belmont Park. Jean-Luc Samyn was the winning rider in both of the day's premier turf events, taking both the Turf Classic and the co-featured Flower Bowl Handicap (gr. IT).
Snow Polina and Happyanunoit, the first- and second-place finishers, respectively, from the Beverly D Stakes (gr. IT) at Arlington International in August will face each other again in the $750,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Belmont Park.
Gary A. Tanaka's Snow Polina rallied from just off the pace to upset 3-5 favorite Happyanunoit by a length in the $500,000 Beverly D Stakes (gr. IT) Saturday at Arlington International.
Amerman Racing's Happyanunoit scored a three-length victory in the $250,000 Beverly Hills Handicap (gr. IT) Saturday at Hollywood Park.
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