05/29/2009 11:00PM

Dash Dot Dash a trip play

Benoit & Associates
Dash Dot Dash, a two-time stakes winner on dirt last year, may be even better on turf.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood Park on Sunday is a much-needed second chance at the spring-summer meeting for Dash Dot Dash.

Her first race of the season is best forgotten.

In the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes over a mile on turf on May 3, Dash Dot Dash was blocked in early stretch and steadied near the eighth pole.

"She got wiped out," trainer Vladimir Cerin said.

Dash Dot Dash finished seventh in a field of nine, 6 3/4 lengths behind race winner Mrs Kipling.

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The Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap, for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles on turf, is the most prestigious race of Dash Dot Dash's career. Owned by Southern Comfort Stable, Dash Dot Dash has won 3 of 7 starts and $108,180. Last September, she won two stakes at Fairplex Park - the Bustles and Bows for sprinters and the Black Swan Stakes over 1 1/16 miles.

Dash Dot Dash had made two starts on turf, including a third in the Scottsdale Handicap at Turf Paradise in March, her debut on the surface.

"I think she's better on turf, but she's pretty good on either," Cerin said.

Dash Dot Dash is part of a field of nine in the Honeymoon, six of whom ran in the Senorita. The winner of that race, Mrs Kipling, was not entered in the Honeymoon in favor of the American Oaks on July 5, but the second- through seventh-place finishers are entered - Candilejas, Pride Dancer, Acting Lady, Century Park, Lexlenos, and Dash Dot Dash. The other starters in the Honeymoon are Daylumney, Maid for Music, and Well Monied.

The highweight, at 118 pounds, is Acting Lady, who won the Grade 2 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita in April but was beaten four lengths in the Senorita.

Maid for Music won the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on April 18 in her second start in this country. Trained by Jim Cassidy, Maid for Music was fourth in a $50,000 claimer at Santa Anita on March 19.

The Honeymoon is a sixteenth of a mile farther than the Golden Poppy.

"I think the distance helps her a whole lot," Cassidy said.

Her appearance in a claimer earlier this year was an opportunity for an easy race.

"I doubted that anyone would take her," Cassidy said.