04/23/2011 12:01PM

Evening Jewel staying home for Wilshire

Shigeki Kikkawa
Evening Jewel is being pointed for the Wilshire Handicap and Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Evening Jewel, a two-time Grade 1 winner in 2010, is expected to make her next start in the $100,000 Wilshire Handicap at Hollywood Park Saturday, pending a workout early this week, trainer Jim Cassidy said.

Cassidy had considered sending Evening Jewel to Churchill Downs for the $300,000 Humana Distaff over seven furlongs on May 7, Kentucky Derby day, but has opted to stay in California. He is hoping to start Evening Jewel in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes on May 30, a Grade 1 race for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf. The Wilshire is run over a mile on turf.

“I’m going to work her first,” Cassidy said. “Chances are I’m going to run unless she’s not right. It’s what I’d like to do because it’s a long way to the Gamely.”

The California-bred Horse of the Year of 2010, Evening Jewel has struggled this year, with one victory in four starts – the Sunshine Millions Distaff at Santa Anita in January. Since that race she has finished second in the Valentine Dancer Handicap at Santa Anita and fourth in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes at Keeneland on April 14. Evening Jewel needed a shoe repair before that race and finished three lengths behind Shotgun Gulch.

Owned by Marilyn Braly, Evening Jewel, 4, has won 7 of 18 starts and $1,217,943.

The Gamely field is expected to include Malibu Pier, the winner of the Santa Ana Stakes and Beverly Hills Handicap at Santa Anita this spring.