Saturday, November 08, 2008


GERMAN-BRED CAPRICE SEEKS FIRST U.S. WIN IN HERMOSA BEACH


INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 7, 2008) — German-bred Caprice will carry high weight of 118 pounds as she aims for her first North American victory in a contentious field of nine fillies and mares in the $65,000 Hermosa Beach Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Caprice, based in the East with trainer H. Graham Motion, won at the Hermosa Beach distance of 1½ miles in France last September. The 5-year-old mare, who came to the U.S. for her 2008 campaign, has failed to win but has not missed the board in four starts. Most recently, she finished third in the Dowager Stakes at Keeneland. Prior to that, she was only beaten a neck while finishing second in the Claire Marine at Arlington Park. Both races were on the turf at 1½ miles.


The field for the Hermosa Beach lines up as follows from the rail out:

Opal Haze, with Michael Baze up, carries, 114 pounds; High Heel Sneakers, Victor Espinoza, 115; Elle Pickle, Aaron Gryder, 116; Caprice, Rafael Bejarano, 118; Le Cirque, Joseph Talamo, 112; Brushed Gold, Garrett Gomez, 114; Rushen Heat, Jose Valdivia Jr., 114; Restless Soul, Joel Rosario, 112, and Sports Edition, Martin Garcia, 111.

Brushed Gold, from the Todd Pletcher stable, stretches out after winning a 1 1/16-mile allowance race in September at Delaware Park. The 4-year-old daughter of Touch Gold finjsihed seventh in the Miesque Stakes here two years ago and is three-for-eight overall.

Great Britain-bred High Heel Sneakers faces easier after finishing seventh in the Grade I Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita Park. Prior to that she was second while running 1 3/8 miles in a minor stakes race at Del Mar. The 5-year-old has yet to win in three starts for Ben Cecil and is two-for-19 overall.

Opal Haze won a pair of races at 1 1./2 miles in Europe; New Zealand-bred Elle Pickle won at nine furlongs two starts back on the Santa Anita turf; Le Cirque aims to improve after four unsuccessful efforts at the distance; Rushen Heat set the pace before settling for second in the Cal Cup Distaff; Great Britain-bred Restless Soul seeks her first U.S. win after three seconds and a third in five starts here, and Sports Edition enters following a third in her first start for trainer Alfredo Marquez in the Cal Cup Distaff Handicap.

The Hermosa Beach will run as the eighth of nine races on Sunday’s program. First post time is 12:30 p.m.


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