Restricted to fillies and mares bred in California and run at 7 ½ furlongs over Cushion Track, the Cat’s Cradle is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m.
Bred by Todd Sheehan and Donald Lindemann, Sparkling Style has won a stakes on California Gold Rush Day the last two years. She won the Alphabet Kisses in 2011 before taking the Warren’s Thoroughbred April 28 in her initial start of 2012.
Owned by breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds LLC, Going for a Spin will be attempting to give Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer his second Cat’s Cradle win in four years. The trainer scored with U R All That I Am – who also raced for Tommy Town – in 2009.
A 4-year-old Ministers Wild Cat filly out of the Mr. Greeley mare Gender Motors, Going for a Spin has won five of 25 and banked $253,752. One of her two wins at Betfair Hollywood Park was the Warren’s Thoroughbred in 2011.
Third in the second division of the California Cup Distaff in her first race after being claimed for $32,000 Oct. 4, Cayanna returns to a synthetic surface.
Owned by a partnership that includes Steve Keh, Robert Richmond and trainer Doug O’Neill, the 4-year-old daughter of Cayoke and the Starborough mare Just Like That has won three of 16 and earned $202,050.
Willa B Awesome, who followed her surprise victory in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks March 31 with a narrow win as the favorite in the Melair Stakes over Cushion Track April 28, is also going turf to synthetic.
Last in the second division of the Cal Cup Distaff, the 3-year-old Awesome Gambler filly out of the Nineeleven mare Cause I’m Tricky has won five of 16 while banking $615,896. She’s trained by Walther Solis for a partnership that includes Phil Daniels, Patsy London, John Winters and breeder Terry Lovingier.
If successful Sunday, Willa B Awesome would be the fifth 3-year-old to win the Cat’s Cradle, joining Valentine Dancer (2003), Curiously Sweet (2007) and U R All That I Am and Tiz Flirtatious.
Magic School returns to the California bred ranks for the first time finishing sixth in the Solana Beach Handicap Aug. 19 at Del Mar.
Owned by breeder Madeline Auerbach and Little Red Feather Racing and trained by Barry Abrams, Magic School, a 4-year-old daughter of In Excess, has won three of 18. Out of the Unusual Heat mare The Usual, Magic School has a bankroll of $192,476.
Really Elegant will be making her first start since finishing fifth against $10,000 claimers Aug. 16 at Del Mar. The 6-year-old Cutlass Reality mare was re-claimed that day by trainer Richard Rosales for owner-breeders Russell and Shirley Girvin. Out of the Habitony mare Her Elegant Ways, Really Elegant is 4-for-20 with earnings of $67,170.
Trained by Marcelo Polanco for his brother Carlos, Camille C will be attempting to end a 20 race losing streak Sunday. The 5-year-old daughter of Roman Dancer and the Rahy mare Paris Operetta hasn’t won since leading throughout in the 2010 Melair Stakes nearly 31 months ago. Camille C has won three of 33 and banked $395,205.
From inside out, the field for the Cat’s Cradle Handicap: Really Elegant, Patrick Valenzuela rides, 109 pounds; Willa B Awesome, Martin Pedroza, 119; Sparkling Style, Joe Talamo, 115; Camille C, Ricardo Jaime, 116; Magic School, Barry Abrams, 113; Going for a Spin, Rafael Bejarano, 118 and Cayanna, Mario Gutierrez, 115.