Is She Next Hollywood Starlet?
Expectations after the Breeders’ Cup that Juvenile Fillies winner Sweet Catomine would be put away for the rest of the year have changed.
Now there is a chance that the strapping filly, who weighs well over 1,000 pounds, might run in the $250,000 Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 19.
A start in the Starlet, which at 1 1/16 miles is the same distance as the Juvenile Fillies, won’t jeopardize Sweet Catomine’s Eclipse Award. A winner of all three of her stakes races, she may be a unanimous divisional choice in the year-end voting.
A Sweet Catomine appearance in the Starlet, though, might result in the smallest field ever for the race. Five times, only five fillies have run, most recently when Habibti defeated You in 2001.
The other post-Breeders’ Cup expectations that Sweet Catomine might take on colts next year haven’t changed.
Trainer Julio Canani’s other Breeders’ Cup runners, Blackdoun and Special Ring, will run at the current Hollywood Park meet. Blackdoun, who finished seventh in the Mile at Lone Star Park, will run in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 28. Special Ring, who lost a shoe and ran 13th in the Mile, is headed for the $400,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 27.
Hollywood’s other Grade I race for 2-year-olds, the $250,000 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18, could draw Declan’s Moon, one of the favorites for an Eclipse Award; Wilko, the 28-1 winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and Proud Accolade, who ran a dull sixth at Lone Star as the second choice.
Proud Accolade, undefeated in three previous starts, appeared to have no excuse for his disappointing Breeders’ Cup finish. A victory over Declan’s Moon and Wilko would give voters reason to reassess trainer Todd Pletcher’s colt.
Declan’s Moon will use next Saturday’s $100,000 Hollywood Prevue as a prep for the Futurity.
Roses In May, who had been a possibility to run one more time this year, at Churchill Downs, will get a rest instead and be pointed for next year’s Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park and the Dubai World Cup.
With horse of the year at stake, Roses In May finished second, three lengths behind Ghostzapper in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
“He ran a tremendous race,” trainer Dale Romans said of Roses In May at Churchill Downs. “But the way Ghostzapper ran, it was just the wrong year to have a strong horse in this division.”
The Breeders’ Cup was Roses In May’s only loss in six starts this year.
Our Mango, a 49-1 winner of the California Cup Distaff, will race five rivals, including Western Hemisphere, whom she nosed out at Santa Anita, in Sunday’s $85,000 Cat’s Cradle at Hollywood Park.... Rock Hard Ten, second in the Preakness and winner of the Swaps at Hollywood, has been moved from trainer Jason Orman to Richard Mandella.
Replacement jockeys at Churchill Downs will be joined this weekend by Keiren Fallon, the six-time British riding champion, who’s riding favored River Belle today in the $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes. Fallon won twice with River Belle in England before she was sold to the Kentucky-based Team Valor.
In her last race, at Keeneland, River Belle was ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who was banned by Churchill after he joined other jockeys in refusing to ride. Bejarano has moved to Aqueduct, where he’ll ride Colita in today’s $100,000 Stuyvesant Handicap.
Fallon, who won last month’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf with Ouija Board, will ride Shadowland in Sunday’s $150,000 Commonwealth Turf at Churchill.