Trained by Peter Miller, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Empire Maker --Miss Excitement, by Rajab, Miss Empire scored a 9-1 upset when she overcame a troubled start and drew off to win the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths June 16. The Cinderella was the second start for Miss Empire, who races for Gary Barber, Cecil Barber, and Kevin Tsujihara.
Bred by Dan and Frank Cassella, Miss Empire was purchased by Miller for $165,000 from the Eddie Woods consignment to this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March sale of 2-year-olds in training. The filly had previously been purchased by G. Ray Trisler and Mays Farm from the Gainesway consignment at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale.
The same connections are also represented in the Landaluce by Speedinthruthecity, a daughter of City Zip--License to Speed, by Thunder Gulch, who won her career debut at five furlongs on turf June 21.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will be seeking consecutive Landaluce victories when he sends out recent acquisition Wildcat Angie from the outside post.
Last year, the Hollendorfer-trained Killer Graces broke her maiden in the Landaluce in her second career start, jump-starting a successful season that concluded with a victory in the Hollywood Starlet Stakes (gr. I).
Bred in Florida by Barbara Rehbein, Wildcat Angie was purchased by William Dorminy for $15,000 from the Lenora Black consignment at this year’s OBSC April sale of 2-year-olds in training. Trained by John Hancock, the Florida-bred daughter of Wildcat Heir--Sweeping Showers, by End Sweep, was purchased privately by a partnership that includes Hollendorfer after breaking her maiden by 2 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs in her second start.
Another Hall of Famer with a filly in the Landaluce is Bob Baffert, a two-time winner of the race who will be represented by Executiveprivilege.
A daughter of First Samurai --Refugee, by Unaccounted For, Executiveprivilege cost $650,000 when purchased by The Three Amigos from the Eddie Woods consignment at the OBSC April sale. Racing for Mike Pegram, Karl Watson, and Paul Weitman, Executiveprivilege overcame a troubled start to break her maiden in her only previous start.
$150,000 Landaluce Stakes (Race 4, 2:35 p.m.), 2 YO Fillies, 6 Furlongs (All Weather)
PP., Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Unusual Way (CA), G K Gomez, 119, J Bonde
2. Ten Plush (FL), M Garcia, 119, D F O’Neill
3. Miss Empire (KY), K Krigger, 121, P Miller
4. Renee’s Queen (KY), D R Flores, 115, M Conlon
5. O Happy Gray (CA), V Espinoza, 119, M Harrington
6. Executiveprivilege (KY), R Bejarano, 119, B Baffert
7. Speedinthruthecity (KY), J Talamo, 119, P Miller
8. Wildcat Angie (FL), C S Nakatani, 119, J Hollendorfer