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Saturday, October 10, 2009


PAIR OF STAKES HEAD ‘DOLLAR DAY’ PROGRAM ON COLUMBUS DAY


ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 9, 2009) – A pair of stakes races, including the revived $65,000 Louis R. Rowan Stakes for fillies and mares at 6 ½ furlongs, head Oak Tree’s special “Dollar Day” holiday racing program on Monday at Santa Anita Park.

The Columbus Day attraction constitutes the only Monday card of the Oak Tree season with a $1 charge offered for General Admission, programs, beer, hot dogs, sodas, popcorn and coffee. The nine-race program begins at 12:30 p.m.


Golden Doc A., a 4-year-old Unusual Heat filly who has fallen on hard times since winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes in February of last year, will attempt to get back on course in the 12th running of the Rowan, last run in 1998.

Rafael Bejarano, who was aboard in the Las Virgenes, will be reunited with Golden Doc A, who will be getting two pounds from 124-pound high weight Ashley’s Kitty among six entrants in the Rowan.

The 5th running of the $60,000 Swingtime Stakes, a supporting feature for fillies and mares at one mile on turf, attracted seven runners with Irish-bred Meydan Princess the high weight at 124 pounds.

Ron McCauley’s Golden Doc A was unable to overhaul Ashley’s Kitty when they met at Del Mar in an allowance event at six furlongs on Aug. 6. But the former bore out at the start before rallying to run second one length behind a game Ashley’s Kitty.

A 5-year-old mare who has captured 7 of 18 lifetime starts for G. Chris Coleman and trainer Ted H. West, Ashley’s Kitty is a multiple stakes winner and a recent winner of Fairplex Park’s Bangles & Beads Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs. Joe Talamo, who rode her to victory in Hollywood Park’s Desert Stormer Handicap last year, will be back aboard the earner of $337,238.

Trained by Barry Abrams and bred by his brother, David, Golden Doc A has banked $582,844 despite a victory drought that has reached 15 starts. The chestnut filly’s overall record is 3-5-2 in 25 trips to the post.

The complete field for the Louis R. Rowan Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Empressive Lady, Aaron Gryder, 117; Supermodel, Alex Solis, 120; Golden Doc A, Rafael Bejarano, 122; Ashley’s Kitty, Joseph Talamo, 124; Oilgonewile, Wesley Henry, Sr., 119, and Free Flying Scout, Mike Smith, 118.

Meydan Princess, a 5-year-old mare trained by James Cassidy for Forging Oaks Farm, appears to be the class of the field in the Swingtime and will run coupled with stablemate Bahama Mama, another Irish-bred.

Meydan Princess won Del Mar’s Osunitas Handicap in July before being beaten by three lengths when fifth in the Grade I John C. Mabee Stakes and by 4 ¼ lengths when fifth in the Grade II Palomar Handicap. David Flores rides the bay filly whose earnings have reached $170,160 from a record of 4-4-1 in 16 career starts.

The complete field for the Swingtime Stakes, with jockeys and weights in post position order: General Consensus, Solis, 120; a-Meydan Princess, David Flores, 124; a-Bahama Mama, Smith, 118; Taste’s Sis, Christian Santiago Reyes, 118; Zardana, Victor Espinoza, 118; Bel Air Sizzle, Bejarano, 122, and Spinning Yarns, Richard Migliore, 118. a-coupled entry.

The Rowan will be run as the eighth race with the Swingtime going as the fifth. After a one-day break on Tuesday following the holiday program, Oak Tree racing will resume on Wednesday at Santa Anita with first post time at 1 p.m.


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