Dance in the Mood and Ask for the Moon, group I winners from Japan and France, respectively, head a list of 14 fillies invited to contest the third running of the $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park (gr. IT) on July 3.
The list of invitations issued June 19 by Hollywood Park racing secretary Martin Panza includes three grade/group I winners, three grade/group II winners, two grade III winners and three stakes winners. California-bred Western Hemisphere and Super Bobbina from Italy are the only fillies without a stakes victory, but both are placed in grade/group II events.
The American Oaks, inaugurated in 2002, was granted grade I status for the 2004 running, its first year of eligibility for grading purposes. It is run at 1 1/4 miles on the lakeside turf course.
Dance in the Mood, a Japanese-bred by Sunday Silence, established herself as the leader of the 3-year-old filly division in Japan with victories in her first four races, including a group III event and the Japanese One Thousand Guineas (Jpn-I). She then finished fourth
Sister Star, from the Ken McPeek stable, was a 3 3/4-length winner in the Regret Stakes at Chuchill Downs. Runner-up Western Ransom, who has not missed the money while winning three of seven starts, has also been invited to the Oaks.Hollywood Story and House of Fortune, meanwhile, have won major races on the main track, but have not started on turf. Hollywood Story won the Hollywood Starlet (gr. I) last December, while House of Fortune has won Oaklawn Park's Fantasy (gr. II) and the Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. II) in 2004.Here is the full list. Name/Bred/Last Race
Ask for the Moon/France/France
Dance in the Mood/Japan/Japan
Hollywood Story/Kentucky/Hollywood Park
House of Fortune/California/Hollywood Park
Lovely Rafaela/Kentucky/Hollywood Park
Lucifer's Stone/Kentucky/Belmont Park
Mambo Slew/Kentucky/Belmont Park
Misty Heights/Great Britain/Ireland
Sister Star/Kentucky/Churchill Downs
Ticker Tape/Great Britain/Hollywood Park
Western Hemisphere/California/Hollywood Park
Western Ransom/Kentucky/Churchill Downs