Friday, November 7, 2008

Maryland Shipper Caprice in Sunday's Hermosa Beach Hcp. at Hollywood Park

Maryland shipper Caprice has been supplemented by trainer Graham Motion to Sunday's $65,000-added Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park. The stakes is for fillies and mares, 3 and up, at one and a half miles on the turf. Rafael Bejarano has the mount.

The German-bred mare will be seeking her first U.S. victory. Most recently, she finished third in the Dowager Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 19.

The stakes is named for the eclectic city on the Pacific Ocean just a few miles from the track. Hermosa Beach is bordered by two other famous Southern California playgrounds - Manhattan Beach and Redondo Beach. Hermosa Beach pier, at the end of Pier Avenue, is one of the city's main areas for shopping and dining, including the best Cajun food restaurant west of the Mississippi, the Ragin' Cajun. Coincidentally, the Ragin' Cajun is owned and operated by my cousin Steven Domingue from Lafayette, Louisiana! If you're ever in Hermosa Beach, ya'll come!

Here's the entire field for the Hermosa Beach Stakes:

1 Opal Haze (Michael Baze)
2 High Heel Sneakers (Victor Espinoza)
3 Elle Pickle (Aaron Gryder)
4 Caprice (Bejarano)
5 Le Cirque (Joe Talamo)
6 Brushed Gold (Garrett Gomez)
7 Rushen Heat (Jose Valdivia)
8 Restless Soul (Joel Rosario)
9 Sports Edition (Martin Garcia)


Valerie Grash said...

Hi Mary!

Love your blog—nice to get a California perspective. Caprice looks tough in the Hermosa. I’m not sure why I put in her my Virtual Stable, but I see Le Cirque is entered here too—maybe Joe Talamo can get her back on track. Looking at the past performances, though, I’m thinking Restless Soul could be a longshot place-chance here. By Singspiel, she should relish the distance—her maiden (and only) victory was 12f on polytrack in England; she’s been close up in all five US starts and, after a string of slow works, she really kicked it up a notch in her last two.

Too bad I can’t bet Hollywood on Twinspires. What is going on with horsemen out there and ADW companies?!?


Mary Forney's Blog said...

Valerie, thanks for the nice comment! The Hermosa Beach is shaping up to be a good race. I'm heading to Hollywood Park this morning, and looking forward to the Real Quiet S. this afternoon.

I'm sorry you are unable to bet on Hollywood Park right now, but hopefully the situation will be resolved soon. Horsemen are continuing negotiations with the ADW companies. Because of my affiliation with the owners' organization, I can't comment personally, but would refer you to an explanation on TOC's website, Thanks again, Mary.

Valerie Grash said...

Oops, sorry, didn't mean to put you on the spot there! :) Foot in mouth syndrome :)lol

Mary Forney's Blog said...

Not a problem... comes with the territory!

Patrick J Patten said...

mary, thanks for following my blog, have you thought about joining the TBA?

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