(from Hollywood Park report)
Memorette leads a field of eight 3-year-old fillies in search of their first graded stakes victory in Hollywood Park's $175,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) at 1 1/16 miles on Sunday.
A California-bred daughter of Memo who has made her last four starts in grade I races to rate top billing in the Oaks, is trained by William Currin for his wife Betty Currin. Memo most recently finished sixth in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) at Churchill Downs on May 6.
Memorette finished second in both Santa Anita's Las Virgenes and Santa Anita Oaks (both gr. I), beaten only by 2004 unanimous 2-year-old filly champion Sweet Catomine in the latter. She earlier won the $140,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes at Santa Anita prior to finishing third, beaten by just one-half length, when a troubled third in the $250,000 Sunshine Million Oaks.
Alex Solis will take over the riding assignment on the bay filly,. She has banked $364,957 from a 2-3-3 record in 11 career starts.
Cee's Irish, owned by The Merv Griffin Ranch Co. and trained by Doug O'Neill, is a multiple stakes winner who will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, returning to action after being sidelined since a spill on May 8 when suffering head and knee injuries.
The California-bred daughter of Cee's Tizzy
captured the $250,000 Sunland Oaks at Sunland Park in April. She won the Corte Madera at Golden Gate last year. She has banked $375,480 from a record of 4-4-0 in 10 starts.
Cee's Irish lost by four lengths in her last start when second to Leave Me Alone in Hollywood Park's Melair Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on April 25. It was the third victory in five starts for the chestnut filly trained by Eric Kruljac for S. M. Mitchell Ranch. She's a California-bred sired by Bold Badgett.$175,000-added Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II, Race 8 4:53 p.m.), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Leave Me Alone (CA), 119, Tyler Baze
2. Gn. Group Meeting (CA), 113, Garrett K. Gomez
3. Cee's Irish (CA), 119, Patrick A. Valenzuela
4. Lady Bertrando (CA), 113, Jon K. Court
5. Silver Dawn (KY), 113, Martin A. Pedroza
6. Memorette (CA), 113, Alex O. Solis
7. Brooke's Halo (FL), 113, Victor Espinoza
8. Charismatic Heart (KY), 113, Corey S. Nakatani