06/19/2013 3:42PM

Hollywood Park: Fiftyshadesofhay will miss Oaks with foot abscess

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With Fiftyshadesofhay unable to run because of a foot abscess, Saturday's Hollywood Oaks will have just five starters.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Fiftyshadesofhay, the winner of the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico on May 17, will miss Saturday’s $150,000 Hollywood Oaks at Betfair Hollywood Park because of a foot abscess.

Trainer Bob Baffert said the condition of the foot improved after the abscess was relieved, but that Fiftyshadesofhay was not entered for Saturday’s race.

“I had a setback with her,” Baffert said Wednesday. “She’s doing better, but I don’t want it to develop into a quarter crack.”

Fiftyshadesofhay has won 3 of 9 starts and $492,490. She worked a half-mile in 48.20 seconds at Santa Anita on Tuesday, her first work in 12 days.

Fiftyshadesofhay won the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita in January and was later second in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks, losing both races to Beholder, the champion 2-year-old filly of 2012.

The Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks is run over 1 1/16 miles and has a projected field of five – Ciao Bella Luna, Doinghardtimeagain, Iotapa, Ondine, and Unbridled Wee. Baffert trains Ondine, who has yet to start in a stakes but has won her last two races.

Doinghardtimeagain and Iotapa won stakes in their last starts. Doinghardtimeagain won the Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita on March 30 and the Melair Stakes here on April 27. Those races were for 3-year-old California-bred fillies.

Iotapa was second in the Santa Anita Oaks and won the minor Railbird Stakes over seven furlongs on May 19 for her third win in four career starts.

Three stakes winners in turf sprint

The California-bred stakes winners Bench Glory, Bella Viaggia, and Ismene start in an optional claimer over six furlongs on turf in Friday’s fifth race at Hollywood Park.

Bench Glory won the Irish O’Brien Stakes for Cal-bred turf sprinters at Santa Anita in March but has been fourth and seventh in two subsequent stakes. She is entered for a $62,500 claiming price.

Bella Viaggia has not started since winning a division of the California Cup Distaff on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita last October. Trained by Mike Puype, Bella Viaggia finished second against maidens in May 2012 and is unbeaten in three subsequent starts.

Ismene, who won two stakes as a 2-year-old in 2011, has been second in her last two starts – the Irish O’Brien Stakes and the B. Thoughtful Stakes on the synthetic main track at Hollywood Park on April 27.

Trained by Bill Spawr, Ismene led by two lengths in the stretch of the B. Thoughtful, but finished a length behind Curvy Cat.

 

Bob Rose More than 1 year ago
Yawn...put that in your pipe and smoke it.