Updated on 09/16/2011 8:14AM

Crazy Ensign in top form for Wilshire


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Three weeks after an impressive win in the Miss America Handicap at Bay Meadows, Crazy Ensign returns as the favorite in Friday's $100,000 Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Even though she ran the top race of her U.S. career in the Miss America, the Argentine-bred Crazy Ensign has remained in top form in recent weeks, trainer Richard Mandella said.

"She gained weight after the race," Mandella said. "It didn't take too much out of her. She's a nice filly and training very well."

The Wilshire is the third race on Friday's nine-race program, which starts at 7 p.m.

Run over a mile on turf, the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap should suit Crazy Ensign well. A closer, she has drawn the outside post in the field of six fillies and mares and has two front-runners to her inside, Queen of Wilshire and Walts Wharf.

Queen of Wilshire set the pace in the Miss America and finished second. She will attempt to break a five-race losing streak dating back to an allowance race last October.

Walts Wharf is a speedball who won an allowance race on the hillside turf course last month at Santa Anita.

In the Miss America, Crazy Ensign was fourth on the backstretch, moved closer on the final turn and won by two lengths. In the Wilshire, she will carry 118 pounds and will be ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr.

The biggest danger to Crazy Ensign is Rolly Polly, the 120-pound highweight. The mount of Kent Desormeaux, Rolly Polly has won her last two starts for trainer Bobby Frankel - an allowance race on Feb. 3 and the Grade 3 Las Cienegas Handicap on April 7. Both victories were on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita. Rolly Polly has never won over a mile, but scored a victory in the Group 3 Fred Darling Stakes over seven furlongs in England last year.

Eurolink Raindance and Impeachable round out the field. Eurolink Raindance won an allowance race on March 27, but has not been competitive in stakes. Impeachable was second in the Grade 3 Brown Bess Handicap at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 2, and won an allowance race at Santa Anita on March 1, but was only fourth in the Miss America.

"I was going to give her some time off, but I couldn't keep her on the ground after I started jogging her after her last race," trainer Scott Hansen said. "I'd like to see her get a stakes win."

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