06/12/2012 4:17PM

Hollywood Park: Italian filly coming for American Oaks

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My Gi Gi (right) defeats Lady of Shamrock in the Honeymoon Handicap. They are expected to meet again in the American Oaks.

INGLEWOOD, N.Y. - Angegreen, second in the Group 2 Italian Oaks at San Siro Racecourse on May 26, will make her American debut in the $350,000 American Oaks on July 14, according to the Team Valor International partnership.

Co-owned with Robert Lapenta, Angegreen is an Italian-bred filly by Ekraar. Trained by John Hammond, Angegreen has won three races, and made her stakes debut in the Italian Oaks over 1 3/8 miles on turf where she was beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Cherry Collect.

The Italian Oaks was Angegreen’s first start for Team Valor and LaPenta.

The Grade 1 American Oaks is run over 1 1/4 miles on turf.

Angegreen will be trained by Graham Motion in Maryland following the American Oaks.

The American Oaks is expected to include the first two finishers of the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap last Saturday – My Gi Gi and Lady of Shamrock.

My Gi Gi won the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf by a nose over Lady of Shamrock, who was in traffic in early stretch.

“She came out of it really good,” trainer Peter Eurton said of My Gi Gi. “She’s starting to get into her feed tub.”

Lady of Shamrock won three stakes during the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting earlier this year, including the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf in April.

Gene Martin More than 1 year ago
I highly doubt My Gi Gi will ever beat Lady Shamrock again... I also doubt you will see Quinonez on Lady Shamrock again anytime soon...