09/01/2011 4:49PM

Del Mar: Heleonor Rugby may come back quickly


Heleonor Rugby had a busy summer at Del Mar, sweeping the two stakes for California-bred 2-year-old fillies – the CTBA Stakes on July 22 and Wednesday’s Generous Portion Stakes. In between, she finished third in the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes on Aug. 5.

Trainer A.C. Avila said after the Generous Portion that Heleonor Rugby may make a relatively quick turnaround for the $100,000 Barretts Debutante Stakes at the Los Angeles County Fair meeting at Fairplex Park on Sept. 17. The county fair meeting begins next Friday.

In the Generous Portion, Heleonor Rugby ($14) ran six furlongs in 1:10.21 under jockey Christian Santiago Reyes. “I liked the price,” Avila said.

Heleonor Rugby finished a length in front of 5-1 Roar Baby Roar, who led by 1 1/2 lengths on the backstretch and turn. Roar Baby Roar finished a nose in front of Lookin for Jonesy, who broke a stride slow.

The win denied trainer Jerry Hollendorfer a chance at his 5,999th career win. The Hollendorfer-trained fillies Roar Baby Roar and Lookin for Jonesy finished second and third in the field of seven.

Owned by Luiz Fernando Dannemann, Heleonor Rugby has won 3 of 6 starts and $188,900. A filly by Tribal Rule, she was purchased for $27,000 at the Barretts March Sale of 2-year-olds in-training earlier this year.

Majestic City sharpens for Del Mar Futurity

Majestic City, the winner of the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship in July, worked five furlongs in 59 seconds on Thursday for the $250,000 Del Mar Futurity on Wednesday.

Majestic City worked in company with a stablemate, and closed from off the pace, trainer Peter Miller said.

Owned by Jeff Bloom Racing Stable, Majestic City is unbeaten in three starts, including the Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes at Hollywood Park in June.

“I think he’s gotten bigger and stronger in the last two months,” Miller said.

Majestic City is part of an expected field of seven in the seven-furlong Del Mar Futurity that is led by Creative Cause, the winner of the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes here on Aug. 7. Other probable starters are Basmati, Corsa Di Cavalli, Drill, Mighty Mansoon, and Sheer Talent.

McAnally filly wins debut impressively

The best 2-year-old fillies in trainer Ron McAnally’s barn are part of the family this year, both human and equine.

Wednesday, Charm the Maker, owned by McAnally and his wife, Debbie, won her debut by 4 1/4 lengths in a maiden race over six furlongs. Charm the Maker is out of Charm the Giant, a stakes winner for the McAnallys.

Charm the Giant’s dam is Olympic Charmer, a four-time stakes winner for the McAnallys. Saturday, one of Olympic Charmer’s foals, Special Charm, starts in the first race for maidens. Special Charm was second in her debut on Aug. 14 behind Silent Saga, an entrant in Saturday’s $250,000 Del Mar Derby.

◗ Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has been re-accredited by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s Safety and Integrity Alliance, the alliance said on Thursday. Del Mar is the seventh racetrack to be re-accredited under the alliance’s voluntary program, which requires tracks to comply with a list of standards developed by the alliance.