Adoration Tunes Up for Sunday's Vanity

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Adoration, the high weight and probable favorite for the $250,000 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park on Sunday, blew out four furlongs in :48 4/5 seconds Thursday for the 1 1/8 mile-test for fillies and mares.

"She's ready to go," said trainer David Hofmans after the drill under regular jockey Mike Smith. "It was very nice. This will set her up. I'll probably school her on Saturday."

Adoration, winner of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) in October, comes off a two-length victory over Star Parade in the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) on March 14 at Santa Anita.

"I hope the Vanity is a rerun of the Santa Margarita," said Hofmans. In that race, Adoration stalked the speedy Star Parade until the top of the stretch before drawing alongside and passing her.

Star Parade defeated Adoration in two previous meetings in the Bayakoa and Santa Maria handicaps.

Smith seeks his third straight Vanity triumph after victories aboard Azeri the last two years. No jockey has won the race three consecutive times in 62 previous runnings. Adoration has won six of 17 starts and earned $1,638,856 for owners John and Jerry Amerman of Palos Verdes Estates.

A field of four to six is shaping up. Probable are: Adoration, Smith, 122 pounds; Star Parade, Victor Espinoza, 117; Hope Rises, David Flores, 116, and Victory Encounter, Alex Solis, 116.

Possible are Potra Fabulous (114) and Beaucette (108).

Beaucette, a recent maiden winner, worked four furlongs in :48 for trainer Neil Drysdale. Argentine-import Potra Fabulous drilled a half mile in :48 2/5 for trainer Bobby Frankel.