11/08/2011 3:42PM

Hollywood Park: All Star Heart points to Matriarch

Benoit & Associates
All Star Heart wins the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita last Sunday.

All Star Heart, winner of the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita last Sunday, is likely to make her Grade 1 debut in the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25, trainer Ron McAnally said earlier this week.

Owned by breeder Gerald Gibbs, All Star Heart, 4, won the Grade 2 Las Palmas Stakes over a mile on turf by two lengths over City to City, closing from last in a field of five in the final quarter-mile. The Matriarch Stakes is run over a mile on turf.

“She ran big,” McAnally said. “She’s done everything right. My job is to keep her fit and sound.”

By Arch, All Star Heart has won 5 of 15 starts and $261,705.

All Star Heart has won 5 of 7 starts this year, but one of the losses occurred in an allowance race at Santa Anita in February when she slipped and fell on the final turn of the turf course. All Star Heart did not start again until July, returning to win an allowance race at Hollywood Park.

Last month, All Star Heart won her first stakes in the restricted Swingtime Stakes at Santa Anita.

Trainer Lloyd disbanding his stable

Trainer Jamie Lloyd, who won the Grade 2 Oak Tree Derby with Fantastic Pick, is disbanding his stable this month to return to his native England, where he will focus on bloodstock sales.

Lloyd, 30, won 25 races from 290 starters with a stable that ranged from 15 to 25 runners in recent years. A former assistant to Jim Cassidy and Paddy Gallagher, Lloyd’s final starter was Fantastic Pick, who finished ninth in the Lure Stakes at Santa Anita last weekend.

“I had some great owners and some great teachers,” he said.

In the last year, Lloyd and his wife, Roz, have begun forming a bloodstock and quarantine business in England that will focus on the exportation of Thoroughbreds to the United States and Asia. They have purchased a yard, with stables and a one-mile training track, in central England to use as a base. Lloyd said he could train in England in the future, but said he was unlikely to do so in the next year.

While training in recent years, Lloyd also has bought horses at English sales on behalf of other trainers, notably St Trinians who won the Grade 2 Santa Maria Handicap at Santa Anita in 2010 for trainer Mike Mitchell.

In recent days, Lloyd has been relocating his stable to other trainers, including Dan Blacker, a 29-year-old former assistant to Tom Albertrani who is in the process of opening a stable at Hollywood Park.

Blacker, a 29-year-old native of England, previously worked in California as an assistant for Richard Mandella.

“It’s always been my ambition to do it since I arrived in America,” Blacker said of opening a stable. “I have an opportunity and I’ve grabbed it with both hands. Hopefully, we’ll have some luck and win some races.

“Right now, I’ve got five with maybe one or two more possibilities coming in. Fantastic Pick is an exciting prospect. He was coming off a long layoff and he’s got a promising future ahead of him.”