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Dynamite duo for Sherman
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - While the Hollywood Park spring-summer meet winds down to closing day Sunday, horsemen are looking ahead to the Del Mar racing season that begins next Wednesday.
That includes trainer Art Sherman, whose Siren Lure won two Hollywood graded sprints, including the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap, and will be freshened before he returns Aug. 20 at Del Mar in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Handicap at seven furlongs.
"He's become the big horse in the barn," Sherman said Tuesday at Hollywood, where he is preparing Princess Lianna for the $65,000 Valkyr Stakes on Saturday.
But ask Sherman which of his sprinters is better - Siren Lure or Grade 3 winner Carthage - and he will pause. Siren Lure has won six stakes since he was claimed for $50,000, while Carthage "has put up some big Beyers," Sherman said. Carthage has won five in a row, including a victory over Lost in the Fog and the 108 Beyer he earned last out makes him a top contender for the Grade 1 Bing Crosby on July 30 at Del Mar.
"It is perfect timing, and I know [Carthage] likes that track," Sherman said.
Sherman claimed Carthage for $32,000 at Del Mar in September 2004, and this year he has emerged as one of the top sprinters in California. Carthage will face Bordonaro in the Bing Crosby, and Sherman will have his largest Del Mar contingent yet, with 29 stalls.
As for Princess Lianna, she has won 4 of 6 since Sherman claimed her in November.
"She's a tough, gutty little thing who was worth the $20,000 I gave for her," he said.
Princess Lianna is not particularly fast - 83 is her career-best Beyer - but she will face a small, weak field in the Valkyr for California-bred fillies and mares.
Silent Name aims for Eddie Read
Silent Name made one start at the Hollywood spring-summer meet, finishing third in the Shoemaker Mile, and will test his endurance opening weekend of Del Mar. Trainer Gary Mandella plans to start Silent Name on July 23 in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap. At 1 1/8 miles, it is one furlong farther than Silent Name has attempted.
"He's really relaxed the last couple weeks, and once he got settled down I was confident with the mile and an eighth," Mandella said.
Silent Name worked seven furlongs in 1:30 on Monday at Hollywood Park, and Mandella timed the final three furlongs in 35 seconds. Winner of the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap at Santa Anita, he was third by two lengths in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile on May 29 at Hollywood, and Mandella said he believes Silent Name ran below par over the fast Hollywood course.
"He might like a little bit more cushion," Mandella said. "If the Breeders' Cup was coming back [to Hollywood] in the fall, I'd be a little worried."
Willow O Wisp gets a rest
One horse Silent Name will not fear in the Eddie Read is horse-for-course Willow O Wisp, who was named the Del Mar horse of the meet last summer after winning the Grade 2 La Jolla Handicap and Grade 2 Del Mar Derby. Willow O Wisp scored his only win from four starts in 2006 in the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap, and trainer Vladimir Cerin said Willow O Wisp needs a break.
"He was just worn out," Cerin said, citing a December trip to Hong Kong and a January ship to Gulfstream Park.
Cerin said Willow O Wisp could return later in the Del Mar meet. Cerin saddled Super Frolic to a third-place finish in the Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday and said he would point toward the Grade 1 Pacific Classic on Aug. 20 at Del Mar. Super Frolic carried eight pounds fewer than Lava Man in the Gold Cup; the $1 million Pacific Classic is run at scale weights.
One last penalty day for O'Neill
The Gold Cup victory by Lava Man was trainer Doug O'Neill's 27th of the meet, and eighth since his horses began running out of the detention barn June 14. Thursday is the final day O'Neill horses will run out of 24-hour detention, the penalty after one of O'Neill's horses tested for a high level of carbon dioxide. O'Neill won with eight of his first 67 starters during detention (11.9 percent) compared with 19 of 110 starters before detention (17.2 percent). In races for winners, O'Neill's detention-barn stats are 6 for 39 (15.3 percent) compared with 11 for 64 (17.1 percent) before detention.
Memorette even better at 4
The California-bred filly Memorette became one year older and a whole lot better this spring at Hollywood, winning two stakes, including the Grade 2 Beverly Hills Handicap, for trainer Bill Currin and owner Betty Currin. Memorette was Grade 1-placed on dirt last year at 3, but she improved as a 4-year-old and is a better filly on turf.
"She's proving that she is [better on grass]," said Bill Currin. "She has a powerful late kick."
Memorette worked six furlongs Monday at Hollywood and will run July 22 at Del Mar in the Grade 1 John C. Mabee Handicap for turf fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.
Currin won with 5 of his first 13 starters at Hollywood. What's the reason?
"It's simple - good help, good horses, and good luck," he said. "Without any of the three, you are screwed."
Bashert, one of the top 2-year-olds in California last summer, remains in steady training and is close to his first breeze. Bashert finished second last summer in the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile and in the Grade 2 Best Pal at Del Mar.
Busy second half ahead for Drysdale
Trainer Neil Drysdale pulled a 13-1 upset in the Oceanside Stakes on opening day of Del Mar last summer. He will try for a second win in the Oceanside with Obrigado, who recently finished fifth, beaten three lengths, after rallying from behind a slow pace in the Grade 3 Cinema Handicap on June 25.
Obrigado will be ridden by Pat Valenzuela in the Oceanside, in which Drysdale will kick off an ambitious second half of the season. Shoemaker Mile winner Aragorn and Grade 1-placed Fourty Niners Son are scheduled for the Eddie Read; Beverly Hills runner-up Live Life runs in the Mabee; and Corey County runs Aug. 12 in the Grade 2 La Jolla. Furthermore, Drysdale and his wife, Shawn, are expecting the birth of their first child, a girl, in November.