Friday, January 20, 2012


ALBANY -- Lady of Fifty has won two straight stakes and the Kentucky-bred filly is favored to collect another stakes victory Saturday in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

Lady of Fifty is the 8-to-5 morning line favorite in the California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. The stakes attracted a field of seven, however, the lineup was reduced to six runners when trainer Jerry Hollendorfer scratched Milania from the race Friday morning.

Hollendorfer will still have two shots at victory in the California Oaks as he conditions Lady of Fifty and Sweet Nothings, the 7-to-2 third choice on the line. Hollendorfer hopes to duplicate the feat he pulled off in the Corte Madera Stakes when he sent out Lady of Fifty and Sweet Nothings to a one-two finish.

Lady of Fifty held off Sweet Nothings to win the one-mile Corte Madera by a half-length. Prior to the Corte Madera, Lady of Fifty captured the six-furlong Golden Gate Debutante by a nose.

Lady of Fifty was ridden by Kevin Krigger in both the Golden Gate Debutante and the Corte Madera but will have a new pilot in the California Oaks since Krigger recently moved his tack to Southern California. Russell Baze, who guided Lady of Fifty to her debut victory last summer, will be back aboard the filly Saturday.

Jockey Aaron Gryder will ride Sweet Nothings, who broke her maiden in a one-mile turf contest prior to running second in the Corte Madera.

The 2-to-1 second choice in the California Oaks is Southern California-based Your Special Day, who is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park. Trained by James Cassidy, Your Special Day won her first two starts at Santa Anita and came within a nose of running third in the Miesque.

The field for the California Oaks, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Sweet Nothings, Gryder rides at 116 pounds, 7-to-2; Run the Blues Away, David Lopez, 116, 8-to-1; Lady of Fifty, Baze, 122, 8-to-5; Distant Image, Alejandro Gomez, 116, 10-to-1; La Chispa, Anne Sanguinetti, 116, 12-to-1; and Your Special Day, Kerwin John, 116, 2-to-1.

Post time for the California Oaks, the eighth race on a nine-race program, is 4:15 p.m.
Post time for the first race is 12:45 p.m.

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