Rolly Polly, who last year became the first 3-year-old to win Hollywood Park's Safely Kept Handicap, on Sunday attempts to become the first repeater in the eight-year history of the $70,000 turf sprint for fillies and mares at 5 1/2 furlongs.
Kent Desormeaux will be back aboard the 4-year-old Irish-bred trained by Bobby Frankel when she goes postward as the solid favorite against four challengers.
European import Rolly Polly launched her U.S. career with a victory in the 2001 Safely Kept. The 121-pound high weight, she is coming off a win in the Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on Santa Anita's hillside turf course. Rolly Polly has earned $401,780 for Wildenstein Stable from nine wins in 16 career starts.
Stop Traffic, who won the 1997 running of the Safely Kept, was thwarted in her attempt for a repeat victory when finishing second to Heptathlon the following year.$70,000 Safely Kept Stakes, 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, fillies and mares
PP. Horse, Jockey, Wgt.
1. Party Pirate, Julie Krone, 114
2.Gabriellina Giof, Laffit Pincay Jr., 115
3. Wild Tickle, Alex Solis, 114
4. Harvest Girl, Victor Espinoza, 115
5. Rolly Polly, Desormeaux, 121