Saturday, May 30, 2009
I’ve been following this lovely-moving daughter of Maria’s Mon since January, when she worked at Santa Anita with Chantal Sutherland up, noting that she would be one to watch, particularly going long on turf.
In tomorrow’s Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park, Well Monied will be looking for her third consecutive turf victory and first stakes win, while stretching out to a mile and an eighth. In her most recent race May 2, at a mile on the Hollywood Park turf course, she won by almost two lengths and received a 108 Beyer.
Trainer Howard Zucker, who is not concerned with her outside post position at the distance, said he loves her chances. “Her last was so impressive,” he added. “Everyone seems to like her.” Joel Rosario, who guided her to her last two victories, has the mount again.
The Honeymoon Handicap is a steppingstone to the July 5th American Oaks, a $700,000, Grade I invitational event at 1 ¼ miles.
The field includes Century Park (Victor Espinoza up), Daylumney (Tyler Baze), Candilejas (Martin Garcia), Lexlenos (Alex Solis), Dash Dot Dash (Brice Blanc), Maid For Music (David Flores), Pride Dancer (Joe Talamo), and Acting Lady (Rafael Bejarano).
The Honeymoon will run as the seventh race on a nine-race program. First post time is at 1 p.m.