Friday, November 14, 2008
MITCHELL-GOMEZ AIM FOR REPEAT IN MOCCASIN STAKES
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (Nov. 14, 2008) — The combination of trainer Mike Mitchell and jockey Garrett Gomez will aim for their second straight Moccasin Stakes victory Sunday at Hollywood Park as unbeaten Mi Chiamano Mimi aims to increase her winning streak to three in the $100,000 event.
Mitchell sent out Spring Awakening to win the seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies in a stakes record 1:21.33 in 2007. The victory was a record 71st for Gomez in a stakes as he went on to finish the year with 76, eclipsing Jerry Bailey’s mark of 70 in 2003.
Mi Chiamano Mimi, owned by Nathaniel Friedman, was a 4 ½-length winner while running for a claiming tag of $80,000 in her career debut Aug. 29 at Del Mar. She then won the six-furlong Anoakia in a swift 1:07 4/5 at Santa Anita on Oct. 19.
The daughter of Came Home will face tough competition in the field of 11, which lines up as follows from the rail out:
Mi Chiamano Mimi, Gomez up, carries 118 pounds; Casino Gold, David Flores, 116; Will O Way, Rafael Bejarano, 116; Wind Caper, Jose Valdivia Jr., 116; Malusita, Joel Rosario, 116; Pasar Silbano, Mike Smith, 120; Montana Fields, Michael Baze, 118; Evita Argentina, Tyler Baze, 122; Palacio de Amor, Victor Espinoza, 116; Wynning Ride, Joseph Talamo, 116, and Moontune Missy, Aaron Gryder, 116.
Evita Argentina and Palacio de Amor both try to rebound following ninth and 13th-place finishes, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Evita Argentina, trained by John Sadler, is the lone graded winner in the field. She won the Sorrento at Del Mar in her second start before finishing fourth in the Del Mar Debutante.
Palacio de Amor, owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, finished second behind Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Stardom Bound in the Del Mar Debutante and the Oak Leaf — both Grade I races.
Pasar Silbano won four of six starts in Ireland for trainer Ger Lyons and his wife, Lynn, who made the trip here for the Moccasin. The filly, recently purchased from the couple by Three Chimneys Racing, will be transferred to trainer Jim Cassidy following the race. Her first two starts — both victories — were on the all weather track at Dundalk, Ireland.
Casino Gold was fourth in the Anoakia; Will O Way won her career debut at Calder before finishing third in the Del Mar Debutante and sixth in the Oak Leaf; Wind Caper aims for her second win in as many starts; Malusita broke her maiden her in June and seeks her second win in her seventh start; Montana Fields has won two of five starts; Wynning Ride attempts to keep her record perfect in her second start, and Moontune Missy tries to improve her record to two-for-three.
The Moccasin will run as the eighth race on Sunday’s nine-race program at Hollywood Park. First post time is 12:30 p.m.
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