Tuesday, September 04, 2012


Halo Dolly Wins Yellow Ribbon ‘Cap


Four-year-old filly Halo Dolly, a confirmed front-runner until this summer at Del Mar, utilized her new come-from-behind style to maximum effectiveness Monday with a going-away victory in the featured Grade II Yellow Ribbon Handicap for older fillies and mares.

Rallying from mid-pack under the red-hot Joe Talamo, Halo Dolly charged into command in the stretch and went on to score by 1 ¼ lengths over City to City, the 2011 winner of the race under its former name, the Palomar Handicap.


City to City, the 5-2 favorite under Mike Smith, nosed out longshot Vivo Per Lei for second, with fourth-place Go Forth North another head farther back.

Halo Dolly, a daughter of Popular owned by Hoefflin, Tahajian and Todaro and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, won the Solana Beach Handicap August 19, her second straight success in that race, also rallying from far back, as she did again Monday.

Halo Dolly provided Talamo with his eleventh stakes victory of the meeting, only one behind Rafael Bejarano who was sixth in theYellow Ribbon aboard well-supported Byrony. The record for most stakes wins in a Del Mar season is 12 shared by four riders, Laffit Pincay, Jr., Gary Stevens, Chris McCarron and Corey Nakatani.

Halo Dolly went to the gate at 5-1 and returned $13.60, $6.40 and $4.60 while earning $150,000 after her 13th win in 22 career starts. Her earnings now total $623,396.

City to City, also trained by Hollendorfer, paid $4.20 and $3.20, while Vivo Per Lei returned $9.60 to show.

Final time for the mile and one-sixteenth over the infield grass course was 1:40.52.

In the first of two supporting features on the Labor Day program, 14-1 outsider Native Treasure and jockey Juan Hernandez scored a decisive victory in the $150,000 I’m Smokin Stakes for California-bred two-year-olds.

Native Treasure, a son of Tribal Rule owned by Heeg, Neary Racing and trainer Ed Moger, Jr., who had been competing in Northern California, defeated The Humancomplaint by almost two lengths in 1:09.69 for the six furlongs. Strong Wind was third, with 3-2 favored Ballard Ruler fourth.

Native Treasure returned $30.40 to win after scoring his second triumph in five starts. He increased his earnings to $103,100 after receiving first money of $85,500.

In the second stakes on the undercard, GEM Racing Stable’s Renee’s Queen, the longest shot in the field of ten two-year-old fillies at 30-1 under jockey Agapito Delgadillo, outfinished her rivals in a blanket finish to win the inaugural $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Fillies in a $63.60 upset.

Renee’s Queen, a non-winner in three previous starts, hit the wire a head in front of 13-1 Shrilanka, with 3-2 favorite Speedinthruthecity another nose back in third and a neck in front of Truly Marie.

Renee’s Queen, a daughter of After Market trained by Eric Guillot, ran the mile on the infield turf course in 1:36.36 to earn first prize of $60,000. GEM Racing Stable is the nom de course of Gabriel Moreno of Lafayette, Louisiana.

With no perfect tickets in Monday’s Pick Six, Wednesday’s closing-day card will have a carryover of $194,259. Wednesday’s Pick Six will begin with the fifth race of the ten-race program. Post time for the first race will be 2 p.m. and the feature will be the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity for two-year-olds.

Monday’s attendance was 12,223.


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