06/07/2013 3:25PM

Hollywood Park: Appealing enters Redondo Beach on a roll

Benoit & Associates
Unusual Hottie, winning the Fran's Valentine, will try to become the second three-time winner at the meet in Sunday's Redondo Beach.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The first running of the Redondo Beach Stakes in 2006 was won by Singalong, a Paddy Gallagher-trained European moving up from an allowance win.

When the eighth and final Redondo Beach at Betfair Hollywood Park is run Sunday, the one-mile turf race will have a familiar ring. Here again comes Gallagher, with another European import moving up in class at the top of her game.

Appealing seeks her third straight win in a surprisingly large field in the $70,000 Redondo Beach during the final spring meet at Hollywood.

Gallagher always stops short of predicting success, but he is confident that Appealing will fire. She always does.

“She’s not a big filly, but she’s stout,” he said. “And so far, she’s honest. She won, and then she came back and won again [May 19] against tougher horses. It’s running her back a little bit soon, but she seemed to bounce out of her last race really well.”

Appealing is among 12 fillies and mares entered in the stakes, restricted to nonwinners of a Grade 1 or 2 at a mile or more this year. Others include Grade 2-placed Long Face, California-bred stakes winner Unusual Hottie, Grade 3-placed Customer Base, and front-runner Sugarinthemorning.

Appealing benefitted from easy trip setting the pace three weeks ago winning a second-level allowance wire to wire. Sunday, the front is likely to already be occupied.

“I don’t know how she’ll react,” Gallagher admitted. “The other day, she was in front. That helped her. I’ll leave it up to [jockey Mike Smith]. He might take her back.”

It would not be the first time Appealing rallied from off the pace.

Two starts back, she won a sprint from sixth position. Appealing is owned by Yvonne Jacques, whose top turf horse Grandeur raced three times in the United States last fall before returning to Europe.

Grandeur finished second in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby and scored an impressive win for Gallagher in the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup. That was mid-December, about the time Jacques shipped Appealing to Gallagher. Soon after, Grandeur returned to Europe.

Grandeur was aiming for a Dubai campaign, but those plans hit a snag and he has not started since December. He reportedly has resumed training in Europe and is being considered for the Arlington Million.

As for Appealing, her rivals Sunday include sharp California-bred mare Unusual Hottie. Jeff Mullins trains Unusual Hottie, winner of the $100,000 Fran’s Valentine on May 18. She makes her third start of the meet Sunday, and Mullins believes she will fire again. Can she win again?

“If she gets the same trip like last time, I think she has a good chance,” Mullins said.

Joe Talamo gave Unusual Hottie a ground-saving ride, split horses, and won going away. She will try to become the second horse this meet to win three races. Unusual Hottie won a seven-horse race last time. Sunday, she is one of 12.

“I didn’t think it would come up with that many entries,” Mullins said. “But sometimes with a filly like her, the more the merrier. She wants to be covered up and then make her move.”

Unusual Hottie has won 6 of 18.

The others in the field are Little Emily, A Jealous Woman, Good Karma, La Zubia, Journaliste, and Morocco Moon.