Ger Lyons, who has sent out Pasar Silbano to four victories in six starts in Ireland this year, stood near her stall in Barn 51 South Wednesday morning at Hollywood Park in preparation for her United States debut in the $100,000-added Moccasin Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs Sunday.
“She’s part of the family,” said Lyons’ wife, Lynne, as the couple readied to bid the filly adieu after the Moccasin. Pasar Silbano was purchased privately by Kentucky-based Three Chimneys Racing last month and will probably be transferred to locally-based Jim Cassidy after the Moccasin.
Lyons arrived here Monday night, five days after the filly was flown from Ireland. “She’s just trotting, and we’re trying to keep her happy,” said Lyons, a 15-year veteran on his first visit here.
Lyons said Cushion Track played a major influence in the decision to race here. “She was two-for-two at Dundalk, and I’m the leading trainer on Polytrack over there,”he said. “That was behind her coming over.”
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will ride the filly for Three Chimneys, which won the CashCall Mile here this summer with another European import, Diamond Diva.
A field of ten is shaping up: Mi Chiamano Mimi (Garrett Gomez), Palacio de Amor (Victor Espinoza), Pasar Silbano (Smith), Will O Way (Rafael Bejarano), Wind Caper (Jose Valdivia, Jr.), Wynning Ride (Joseph Talamo), Malusita (Joel Rosario), Casino Gold, Evita Argentina and either Broadway Hennessey or Montana Fields from the Jerry Hollendorfer stable.
The Moccasin serves as a prep for the $250,000, Grade I Hollywood Starlet at 1 1/16 miles Dec. 13.
GOMEZ BUSY IN TURF FESTIVAL
Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez, the national earnings leader with more than $22 million in purses, has been named on mounts in the three richest races of the Turf Festival here Nov. 28-30, agent Ron Anderson said Wednesday.
Gomez has taken calls on Gio Ponti in the $500,000 Hollywood Derby and Visit in the $500,000 Matriarch on Nov. 30, and Whatsthescript in the $400,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 28. The three Grade I races highlight the six-race festival.
The early probable lineups include:
Hollywood Derby — Court Vision (Ramon Dominguez), Dixie Chatter (Tyler Baze), Gio Ponti (Gomez), Madeo (Mike Smith), Muny (David Flores), Sailor’s Cap (Alan Garcia), Cowboy Cal (John Velazquez) and Winchester.
Matriarch — Precious Kitten (Rafael Bejarano), Visit (Gomez), Cocoa Beach (Dominguez), Roshani (Velazquez), Rosinka, Passified, Magical Fantasy.
Citation — Whatsthescript (Gomez), Hyperbaric (Tyler Baze), Shakis (Alan Garcia), Mast Track (Bejarano), Proudinsky, Lord Admiral, Ferneley, Galantas.
SOLAR MISS SUPPLEMENTED TO SKIRBALL-KENIS
Trainer Kathy Walsh supplemented Solar Miss for $1,300 Wednesday to the $65,000-added Audrey Skirball-Kenis Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf Saturday,
Solar Miss finished fifth in the Harold Ramser Stakes in her last start at Santa Anita Oct. 11, beaten by two lengths after being crowded at the start. She has won two of six starts.
Solar Miss made her first three starts on the Hollywood Park turf this summer, finishing second twice before breaking her maiden at six furlongs June 28.
Garrett Gomez, who took the stakes call, seeks his third victory in four years in the race. He won aboard Pussycat Doll in 2005 and Hucking Hot last year.
TURF FESTIVAL LEADER NAKATANI EYES RETURN
Jockey Corey Nakatani, who suffered a broken collarbone in a spill at Santa Anita Sept. 24, is nearing a return to the saddle, agent Ron Ebanks said Wednesday.
“He hopes to be getting on horses at Santa Anita around the end of the week,” said Ebanks. “He’s feeling good. He’s had therapy and been exercising and his attitude is good.”
Ebanks said Nakatani hopes to be back in top shape for the Turf Festival Nov. 28-30. Nakatani is the leading jockey in Turf Festival victories with 13.
FINISH LINES — Trainer Walther Solis said Charlie’s Moment, third-place finisher as the favorite in the Real Quiet Stakes, will get some time off. “I just want to refresh his mind,” said Solis. “I’m going to give him a couple weeks off at my farm in Temecula. He has run seven good races this year, and it’s a long 3-year-old campaign.”…Trainer Bobby Frankel said 2-year-old filly star Stardom Bound was scheduled to join his stable at Santa Anita today after being purchased for $5.7 million by IEAH Stable at Keeneland. “She’s being pointed to the Santa Anita Oaks,” said Frankel of the filly who will be trained by Rick Dutrow. Stardom Bound was stabled here with former trainer Chris Paasch before winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies to wrap up divisional honors…Owner-breeder-trainer Bill Currin watched Ever So Pretty, a 3-year-old full sister to 2006 Hollywood Futurity winner Stormello, work five furlongs in 1:00.60 on the comeback trail. Currin said Malibuwed, a 2-year-old half-sister to Stormello, is back in training after showing brilliance earlier in the year. “She had a little sore back, and we eased up on her,” he said. Currin looks forward to a full brother of Stormello by Stormy Atlantic-Wilshewed being foaled in a few months. He also still owns stakes winner Memorette, who failed to make her $1.5-million reserve at the Keeneland sale in foal to Empire Maker. “They only went to $800,000, so we’ll race the foal and breed her back to Awesome Again,” said Currin…Full brothers Slew’s Tiznow and Slew’s Tizzy, unplaced in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, each worked a half mile for trainer Doug O’Neill.