05/23/2012 1:58PM

Hollywood: Elana Mar back from break

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With a little luck, Elana Mar would have had consecutive wins at Santa Anita over the winter.

A victory in a maiden race in January was followed by a troubled fifth in an optional claimer over a mile on turf on Feb. 23. She was beaten three-quarters of a length after bumping with a rival at the eighth pole.

A 4-year-old filly, Elana Mar emerged from that race with a quarter crack. She was sidelined briefly in late winter, and returns from a three-month layoff in an optional claimer for California-bred fillies and mares over a mile on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park on Friday evening.

Giving the filly a break was an easy decision, said Karen Headley, assistant trainer to her father, Bruce. Bruce Headley bred and co-owns Elana Mar with Ed Bernstein and Irwin and Andrew Molasky.

“It’s nice to work for the owners of the horse,” Karen Headley said.

Friday’s race will be Elana Mar’s first start at night. The optional claimer is the seventh race on an eight-race program that begins at

7:05 p.m. The late start does not concern Headley, who says that Elana Mar often trains before dawn at Santa Anita.

Headley was also encouraged by Elana Mar’s recent workouts, including seven furlongs in 1:27.80 at Santa Anita on May 7. “She’s had a couple of nice seven-eighths,” she said.

Elana Mar is part of a field of eight.

Trainer Mike Mitchell will start Donner Wasser and Carrie Rose.

Donner Wasser was third in an optional claimer for California-bred females on April 29 in her first start for Mitchell and 12th career start. She was beaten 2 1/2 lengths in that race.

The runner-up in that field, Unusual Hottie, is part of Friday evening’s field, and will attract ample support. Trained by John Sadler, Unusual Hottie has been second in her last two starts.

Carrie Rose has two wins in 20 starts, but has been second in seven races and third six times. A 5-year-old mare, she was second in the Warren’s Thoroughbred Stakes over seven furlongs at Hollywood Park on April 28. Friday’s race will be her first start on turf since an optional claimer at Santa Anita last November.

Only one filly in the field won her last start – Shewhomustbeobeyed, a 3-year-old trained by Mike Puype. She beat California-bred maidens on a sloppy track at Santa Anita on April 13.