Dollase's Irish Warrior Tops Citation Field

(from Hollywood Park report)
Irish Warrior, who rallied boldly for fourth in the recent Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), should be a solid candidate to provide trainer Wally Dollase with a record fifth victory in the $400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

The 1 1/16-mile Citation is one of six graded grass stakes that constitute the track's three-day, $1.85-million Turf Festival presented by John Deere that concludes on Sunday with a pair of Grade I events: the Matriarch and Hollywood Derby. The $100,000 Generous (gr. IIIT), a Grade III for 2-year-olds that attracted 12 runners, supports the Citation on Saturday's 10-race program.

A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred who captured the Del Mar Handicap (gr. IIT) last summer, Irish Warrior will receive three pounds from top-weighted Redattore, an 8-year-old millionaire who will carry 120 pounds among six entrants in the 27th Citation.

With regular rider Alex Solis competing in Japan this weekend, David Flores will ride Irish Warrior for the first time as Dollase attempts to separate himself from legendary trainer Charlie Whittingham in number of Citation victories.

"He's right on track for the Citation," Dollase said. "A mile, like in the Breeders' Cup race, is a little short for him."

Irish Warrior rallied six wide from 13th in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Mile to finish 2 1/4 lengths behind victorious Six Perfections. He has earned $585,000 from a 6-6-4 record in 21 career starts.

Redattore has career earnings of $1,469,883 from a mark of 13-2-6 in 30 lifetime starts. He is winless in three races since capturing the $350,000 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) in his last start at Hollywood Park on May 26. Solis, too, has been Redattore's regular rider. Trainer Richard Mandella has named Julie Krone to take over on Saturday.

Three promising youngsters from Europe – Castledale, Dealer Choice and Terroplane– are among the juveniles set to challenge the locals in Saturday's Generous.

Castledale has been competitive with some of the top 2-year-olds in Ireland. Dealer Choice, who has joined Bobby Frankel's stable, was never worse than second in his four starts in France. Terroplane took his last pair in France and has joined Neil Drysdale's barn. The local contingent includes Rush Into Heaven, victorious in Santa Anita's Nov. 1 Pinjara Stakes, which was his debut on grass.

$400,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT), 3 & up, 1 1/16 mile on turf
PP. Horse, Rider, Wgt.
1. Green Line, Jose Valdivia Jr., 113
2. Captain Squire, Tyler Baze, 115
3. Irish Warrior, David Flores, 117
4. Mister Acpen, Patrick Valenzuela, 116
5. Nicobar, Ryan Fogelsonger, 114
6. Redattore, Julie Krone, 120

$100,000 Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT), 2-year-olds, 1 milel on turf
1. Castledale, Julie Krone, 116
2. Presumption, Joe Steiner, 114
3. Dealer Choice, Flores, 116
4. Atten Hut, Kevin Krigger, 116
5. Black Horse Money, Tyler Baze, 114
6. Lucky Pulpit, Patrick Valenzuela, 116
7. Terroplane, Kent Desormeaux, 116
8. General Moody, Ryan Fogelsonger, 116
9. Rush Into Heaven, Iggy Puglisi, 116
10. Borrego, Jose Valdivia Jr., 116
11. Tricky Flash Flood, Gary Boag, 114
12. Mambo Train, Eric Saint-Martin, 116