Friday, May 29, 2009

Magical Fantasy, Black Mamba Renew Rivalry in Gamely Stakes

Black Mamba

Magical Fantasy and Black Mamba, who ran first and second in last month's Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita, will square off again this Saturday at Hollywood Park in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes.

Trained by John Sadler for Doubledown Stables Inc., Black Mamba, a New Zealand bred daughter of Black Minnaloushe, won the Grade 1 John C. Mabee and Grade 2 Beverly Hills handicaps last year before finishing 4th to males in the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup in December.

Magical Fantasy, the 2008 Del Mar Oaks winner, has won three of 13 races and $452,431 for trainer Paddy Gallagher and owners Bienstock, Mandabach and Winner.

The field also includes Toque de Queda, third-place finisher in the Santa Barbara, and Diamond Diva, winner of the 2008 CashCall Mile.

The Grade I Gamely is named for the nation's champion mare of 1968, winner of that year's Vanity Handicap as well as the 1968 and 1969 runnings of the Wilshire Handicap, the 1968 Inglewood Handicap, and the 1967 Princess Stakes. It will be run at nine furlongs on the Lakeside Turf Course — the ninth of ten races on Saturday’s card at Holylwood Park. First post time is 1 p.m.

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