05/31/2011 5:17PM

Hollywood Park: Gamely win spurs global talks and Breeders' Cup hopes

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Dubawi Heights (left), with Joel Rosario riding, defeats Celtic Princess in the Gamely.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - By Tuesday morning, less than a day after Dubawi Heights won her first Grade 1 race in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes at Hollywood Park, trainer Simon Callaghan's international cell phone bill was climbing rapidly.

There was a lot to talk about, particularly to the group that owns Dubawi Heights, whose members were spread across England and Ireland, with one on vacation in Ibiza, Spain, over the weekend.

"It will be pretty insane, I think," Callaghan said of his phone bill. "But it was a really good day."

The Gamely was run at 1:25 a.m. Tuesday, local time, in England and Ireland, but for the partners it was worth losing sleep for. "They all stayed up and watched it," Callaghan said. "They knew the results right away."

What owners such as Neville Callaghan (Simon's father), Michael Magnier, Clodagh McStay, and Annabel Wyatt saw was a 4-year-old filly who gave Simon Callaghan, 28, his first Grade 1 win, with her fourth consecutive victory.

Dubawi Heights raced near the front throughout under jockey Joel Rosario and wore down a stubborn pacesetter in Celtic Princess to win the race over 1 1/8 miles on turf by a head. "I've watched the replay a few times," Callaghan said. "That filly was tough on the lead. Joel was riding like he knew he would always get there. He didn't have to be ultra aggressive with the whip."

Left farther down the field were the third-place finisher, Cozi Rosie, who won the Buena Vista Handicap at Santa Anita in February; and Malibu Pier, who won the Santa Ana and Santa Barbara handicaps at Santa Anita, but was only fifth in the Gamely.

Dubawi Heights, a winner of 4 of 12 starts and $655,196, won her first stakes in the Grade  3 Wilshire Handicap over 1 1/16 miles in late April. Stakes-placed in England at 2 in 2009 as a maiden, Dubawi Heights missed the first eight months of her 3-year-old season last year because of a bone chip in a knee, a bout with colic, and a tibia injury. She finally started on Labor Day, but finished eighth.

The current winning streak began with a victory in a maiden race at Hollywood Park last November. The win in the Grade 1 Gamely has left Callaghan thinking of how to plan the summer, with the initial focus on a start in the  $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes over 1 3/16 miles on turf at Arlington Park on Aug. 13 or the $250,000 John Mabee Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Del Mar on Aug. 14.

In the short term, Callaghan said that Dubawi Heights has earned a break, and one of those mid-August races could be her next start. She emerged from Monday's race in good condition, the trainer said.

"She doesn't need a prep race, and it doesn't take her much to get fit," he said on Tuesday morning. "She's gone from strength to strength. We've jogged her and she's really sound."

While Callaghan contemplates a late-summer campaign, he is beginning to have thoughts about the fall, and the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs in November. "It would be nice to think we could go to Churchill at the end of the year," he said.