06/17/2012 7:37PM

Hollywood Park: Hollywood Juvenile, Landlaluce await weekend stakes winners

Shigeki Kikkawa
The unbeaten and untested Amarish will make his next start in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The 2-year-old stakes winners Amarish and Miss Empire  from Saturday are bound for $150,000 stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in July, their trainers said on Sunday.

Amarish extended his unbeaten record to two races with an easy win by 4 1/2 lengths in Saturday’s $100,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes over 5 1/2 furlongs. The winner of a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs by 7 3/4 lengths on May 26, Amarish has yet to face a serious challenge.

Trainer Jeff Bonde said on Sunday that he expects Amarish to thrive as the distances increase in coming months. The gelding’s next start will come in the $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship over six furlongs on July 14.

“I don’t think he’ll have too much trouble going farther,” Bonde said. “He’s a good-minded horse to be around.”

Owned by Jerry Durant, Amarish, by Scat Daddy, has earned $91,200.

The Hollywood Juvenile Championship may also include Scherer Magic, claimed for $50,000 by owner Gary Barber and trainer John Sadler.

Scherer Magic won his debut by 7 1/4 lengths in a five-furlong race.

Barber owns Miss Empire, who was a maiden before Saturday’s Cinderella Stakes, having finished fourth in her debut on May 5.

In the Cinderella over 5 1/2 furlongs, Miss Empire closed from fourth and pulled clear to win by 4 3/4 lengths over Awesome Annie. The first two finishers are likely to return in the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes for 2-year-old fillies over six furlongs on July 14.

The style of Miss Empire’s win surprised trainer Peter Miller.

“I thought she’d run well, but I was a little surprised she ran that well,” he said. “She bounced out of it super.”

By Empire Maker, Miss Empire is co-owned by Barber with his brother Cecil, and Kevin Tsujihara. Miller said the distance and timing of the Landaluce Stakes is favorable for Miss Empire.

“It’s set up well and it’s a little more distance,” he said.

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