Thursday, October 14, 2010
HAROLD C. RAMSER, SR. HANDICAP DRAWS FULL FIELD
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (October 14, 2010)—It Tiz, who is perfect over the Hollywood Park turf course, is among a dozen 3-year-old fillies scheduled to run in the $100,000 Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap Sunday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park.
The Ramser, which will be run for the 24th time, is a Grade III at one mile. It is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 1 p.m.
After winning an optional claimer in her grass debut on June 4, It Tiz returned four weeks later to win the Le Cle Stakes by 1 ¼ lengths as the 13-10 choice. Unplaced in the San Clemente Handicap and Del Mar Oaks, It Tiz has won two of nine overall with earnings of $194,145.
Antares World returns to Southern California after winning an allowance on the Golden Gate turf Sept. 23. Owned by breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry Williams and trained by Steve Specht, the daughter of Decarchy and the Spinning World mare Alashir’s World has won six of 13 and banked $273,458.
In her last start at Hollywood Park, Antares World was second at nearly 13-1 in the American Oaks, a Grade I, on July 3.
Go Forth North is making her second start of the Oak Tree season. The North Light filly out of the Holy Bull mare Witch Tradition was eighth of nine against older rivals in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes on Oct. 2.
Owned by L-Bo Racing, Monte Pyle and Summer of Fun Stables LLC and trained by A C Avila, Go Forth North has won two of 10 while earning $111,164.
In addition to It Tiz, four others in the Ramser lineup possess victories over the Hollywood Park turf.
Trained by Carla Gaines for Spendthrift Farm LLC, Malibu Pier overcame trouble to win her debut here at six furlongs on July 15. The Malibu Moon filly out of the Lomitas mare Blue Moon has since won at the Ramser distance, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in an optional claimer on Aug. 14 at Del Mar. She has earned $58,800.
Timezone, a daughter of Pulpit and the Unbridled mare Time Clock, won at mile on this course on July 15. Owned by breeder Claiborne Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Timezone has won three of five. Her bankroll stands at $102,600.
No worse than second in six races on grass in Florida and California, Westwood Pride earned her Hollywood Park score in a starter allowance affair on July 16.
Owned by Juliana and Rustin Kretz, the 3-year-old Pleasantly Perfect filly out of the Kingmambo mare Palau is trained by Kristin Mulhall, who won the second division of the 2002 Ramser with Sentimental Value. It was the first stakes success of Mulhall’s career.
A Kentucky bred who was purchased privately by her current connections in the spring, Westwood Pride has won three of nine and earned $81,044.
Off the board in her three most recent races – two of them graded affairs – Conniption won a first level turf allowance at Hollywood Park on May 20.
Owned by Michael Tabor and trained by Simon Callaghan, Conniption has won two of nine and earned $50,078.
Third in the Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows when last seen in June, All Due Respect will be making her initial appearance on grass for owners Al and Saundra Kirkwood and trainer Kathy Walsh.
A daughter of Value Plus and the Devil His Due mare Aunt Due, All Due Respect has won two of 10 and earned $208,432. She has yet to win a graded stakes, but was second, beaten only a neck, by Switch in the Santa Anita Oaks, a Grade I, on March 6.
Berg Bahn, sixth in the Del Mar Oaks in her U.S. debut on Aug. 21, has won two of seven and earned $116,735. The Irish bred daughter of Big Bad Bob and the Barathea mare Ski For Me is owned by Anamoine Ltd. and trained by Gerard Lyons. Both of her wins came in her native country.
Third in the Le Cle in her last local start, Crisis of Spirit has been away since finishing third behind stablemate Fund Raiser over the Polytrack at Del Mar on Aug. 18.
Owned by breeder Mike Pegram and trained by Bob Baffert, the Vindication filly and the Storm Cat mare Silverbulletway has won two of nine, banking $103,911.
Trainer Jim Cassidy, who won this race in 2009 with April Pride, will be hoping for a repeat with longshot Pincelada.
Owned by M Racing, the Wildcat Heir filly and the Ocala Slew mare Flo’s Z Fury has not been close in her three most recent starts. She has two wins in six attempts and has earned $62,200.
Completing the field is Warren’s Jitterbug, a California bred daughter of Affirmative and the Peaks and Valleys mare Jitterbug Jan. Owned by breeder Benjamin Warren and trained by Jorge Gutierrez, she has won thrice – all on turf at Santa Anita and Del Mar – and earned $218,238 in 14 outings.
From the inside out, the field for the Harold C. Ramser, Sr. Handicap: Conniption, Brice Blanc rides, 114 pounds; All Due Respect, Joe Talamo, 116; Antares World, Frank Alvarado, 118; Crisis of Spirit, Martin Garcia, 114; Go Forth North, David Flores, 118; Berg Bahn, Corey Nakatani, 118; Malibu Pier, Rafael Bejarano, 115; Warren’s Jitterbug, Patrick Valenzuela, 117; Westwood Pride, Alonso Quinonez, 115; Timezone, Mike Smith, 116; It Tiz, Joel Rosario, 116 and Pincelada, Victor Espinoza, 114.
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