Saturday, June 21, 2008
TUTTA BELLA FAVORED IN WORK THE CROWD STAKES
Tutta Bella, a wire-to-wire winner of the Fran's Valentine Stakes at Hollywood Park, has been made a 2-to-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $75,000 Work The Crowd Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Work The Crowd is for fillies and mares and will be contested at one mile on the Lakeside Turf Course. The Fran's Valentine was run at 1 1/16 miles on the Hollywood Park turf and Tutta Bella held on gamely through the stretch to win by a neck in 1:41.87.
Tutta Bella followed up her victory in the Fran's Valentine with a poor effort in the Redondo Beach Stakes, a one-mile turf race in which she never got near the lead and finished eighth. The loss snapped a three-race winning streak for Tutta Bella.
Jockey Alex Bisono will ride Tutta Bella, who tuned up for the Work The Crowd by working four furlongs in a smart 47 1/5 seconds at Hollywood Park on Wednesday.
The field for the Work The Crowd, in post position order, is as follows:
Lightmyfirebaby, Frank Alvarado rides at 123 pounds, 5-to-2;
Bellsblade, Catalino Martinez, 123, 7-to-2;
Tail Spin Topper, Chad Schvaneveldt, 117, 20-to-1;
Famous Secret, Kyle Kaenel, 123, 20-to-1;
Six Cents Of Humor, Martin Garcia, 123, 30-to-1;
Livia La Vida Loca, David Lopez, 117, 15-to-1;
No Means Maybe, Saul Arias, 117,12-to-1;
Come On Margaret, Roberto Gonzalez, 123, 20-to-1;
Tutta Bella, Bisono, 123, 2-to-1;
Andover The Cash, Russell Baze, 123, 6-to-1.
Lightmyfirebaby captured the Irish O'Brien Stakes on Santa Anita's hillside turf course in March. Bellesblade has won three of her last four starts, including a one-mile allowance race on the Lakeside Course in her most recent outing.
RACE FOR LEADING TRAINER -- Jerry Hollendorfer, who is trying to win his 33rd straight training championship at Golden Gate Fields, has a two-win lead (23-21) in the trainer standings over Steve Miyadi and William E. Morey heading into the final two days of the spring meeting.
Hollendorfer and Morey both saddled winners Friday. "The Dorf" took the third race with Kool Comic ($7.00) and Morey won the fourth with Two Step Cat ($4.40). Steve Sherman, who is fourth in the standings with 18 victories, won the seventh race with Prize of the City ($24.80).
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