Saturday, November 15, 2008

$100,000 Moccasin Stakes Sunday at Hollywood Park

Trainer Ron Ellis, who starts Wind Caper in Sunday's Moccasin Stakes.

Wind Caper will make her West Coast debut Sunday at Hollywood Park for trainer Ron Ellis. In her last start, Wind Caper beat maiden specials by a neck at Presque Isle Downs.

"She's in pretty tough," said Ellis, "but we couldn't find an allowance race for her."

Sunday marks the 22nd running of the $100,000-added Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at 7 furlongs on the Cushion Track. The race serves as a prep for the $250,000 Hollywood Starlet Dec. 13th. Here's how the field lines up:

  1. MI CHIAMANO MIMI (Garrett Gomez)
  2. CASINO GOLD (David Flores)
  3. WILL O WAY (Rafael Bejarano)
  4. WIND CAPER (Jose Valdivia, Jr.)
  5. MALUSITA (Joel Rosario)
  6. PASAR SILBANO (Mike Smith)
  7. MONTANA FIELDS (Michael Baze)
  8. EVITA ARGENTINA (Tyler Baze)
  9. PALACIO DE AMOR (Victor Espinoza)
  10. WYNNING RIDE (Joseph Talamo)
  11. MOONTUNE MISSY (Aaron Gryder)

A Little Bit of History...
(1963-1986) was an American Champion and the only two-year-old filly to be voted Horse of the Year. She shared the honor in 1965 with Roman Brother. Undefeated in 8 starts as a 2-year-old, Moccasin was the first female to be named Horse of the Year since Busher 20 years earlier. Her wins included the Spinaway, Matron, Alcibiades, Selima and Gardenia Stakes. A full sister to Ridan, Moccasin's grandsire was the champion Nasrullah who in turn was sired by the very important Nearco.

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