05/16/2013 1:38PM

Hollywood Park: Lady of Fifty gets favorite surface in Everett


INGLEWOOD, Calif. − Lady of Fifty’s Santa Anita campaign was abandoned in February after losses in two graded stakes early in the year.

It was an easy decision for trainer and co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer. The Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting was not that far off, and Lady of Fifty adores Hollywood Park’s synthetic main track.

The winner of the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park last December, Lady of Fifty returns to her favorite surface for Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000 Marjorie Everett Handicap at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares.

“After we watched her race at Santa Anita, after she trained so well here, we decided to wait,” said Hollendorfer’s assistant, Dan Ward. “I like Lady of Fifty a lot, especially on this track.”

A two-time stakes winner co-owned by Hollendorfer and George Todaro, Lady of Fifty, 4, finished fourth in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes against 4-year-old fillies in January and third in the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes against fillies and mares in February. In the Santa Maria, Lady of Fifty stalked the pace for the first six furlongs under jockey Joe Talamo but faded from contention in the stretch.

“He had to ask her to keep up,” Ward said.

Lady of Fifty is one of three Hollendorfer-trained fillies and mares in the Everett, joined by two 5-year-olds − the stakes winner Sister Kate and the stakes-placed Lady Aspen. Sister Kate won the restricted Santa Lucia Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on April 14 and may set the pace in the Everett.

“Her recent races are very good,” Ward said of Sister Kate.

Lady Aspen is a closer. She was second in the Golden Poppy Stakes on a yielding turf course at Golden Gate Fields on April 7.

The race drew a field of seven but may not have that many runners. More Chocolate, who won the La Canada but is winless in two subsequent starts, may be withdrawn in favor of the $250,000 Vanity Handicap on June 15, trainer John Sadler said.

“I might give her more time,” he said. “That’s the way I’m leaning.”

More Chocolate, fifth in the Grade 2 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 3, is the 119-pound highweight for the Everett. Sadler also entered I Dazzle, who won the American Beauty Stakes on turf at Santa Anita on April 7. The Everett was not Sadler’s first choice for I Dazzle.

“She’s doing well, but I didn’t have a grass race for her,” he said.

Top Kisser leads Fran’s Valentine

The Hollendorfer-trained Top Kisser can win her fourth consecutive race in the $100,000 Fran Valentine Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares earlier on Saturday’s 11-race program.

Owned by breeders Tom and Debbie Stull, Top Kisser won a maiden race and two allowances races from mid-February to mid-April at Santa Anita. A 4-year-old filly, Top Kisser has drawn the rail and will race near the front under leading rider Rafael Bejarano.

The Fran’s Valentine Stakes is run over a mile on turf and has drawn a field of seven. The field includes Sugarinthemorning, who was second in the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes over seven furlongs at Santa Anita in January, and Bench Glory, who won the Irish O’Brien Stakes for California-bred female turf sprinters at Santa Anita in March.

Dancingtothestars, third in the Irish O’Brien, is a threat from off the pace. She was third in the B. Thoughtful Stakes over 7 1/2 furlongs on the main track here on April 27 for trainer Doug O’Neill.

Unusual Hottie has already won at this meeting. Trained by Jeff Mullins, Unusual Hottie won an optional claimer over six furlongs on turf on April 25 in her first start of 2013. In 2012, she was second in the Solana Beach Handicap over a mile on turf at Del Mar, a performance that would make her competitive in the Fran’s Valentine.