Thursday, November 13, 2008

Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes Saturday at Hollywood Park

Saturday marks the sixth running of the stakes race named for Southern California philanthropist Audrey Skirball-Kenis, who died in 2002 at the age of 87. The $65,000 stakes for 3-year-old fillies will be contested at one and one-eighth miles on the turf.

Skirball-Kenis, who moved to California in 1941, was a driving force behind many philanthropic projects - including the Skirball Cultural Center , The Audrey Skirball-Kenis Center for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and other projects supporting medicine and the arts.

Skirball-Kenis was a longtime Thoroughbred owner who raced under the name 3+U Stable with her husband, Charles Kenis. Among the stable's winners were Mazel Trick, who set a track record of 1:19 4/5 for 7 furlongs in the 1999 Triple Bend Hcp. and Super Quercus, winner of the 1999 Hollywood Derby and 2001 Hollywood Turf Cup.

This morning at Clockers Corner, I spoke to trainer Bobby Frankel, with whom the Kenis's enjoyed some of their most successful racing years, particularly with the many good horses Frankel brought them back from France, including Sixieme Sens, See You Soon, Uncharted Heaven, Millie's Quest, and The Seven Seas. Frankel had nothing but good things to say about Audrey and her husband, Charles. Although he does not have an entry in Saturday's stakes, Frankel won the 2006 running with Citronnade.

Here's the field for Saturday's stakes, which goes as the 8th on a 9-race card:

  1. Stroppy (Michael Baze)
  2. Mohaka (Victor Espinoza)
  3. Set of Wings (David Flores)
  4. You Lift Me Up (Mike Smith)
  5. Miss Singhsix (Alex Solis)
  6. Solar Miss (Garrett Gomez)
  7. Sensational Love (Rafael Bejarano)
  8. Famous Ruby (Joel Rosario)
  9. Fire n’ Brimstone (Tyler Baze)

1 comment:

zraces said...

Interesting that your previous post on Mr. Van Berg is followed by a post on one of his former patrons. Bobby wasn't the only trainer that had success for Kenis and 3+U.

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