04/24/2013 3:18PM

Hollywood Park: McAnally retains faith in B. Thoughtful starter Sugarinthemorning

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Sugarinthemorning will seek to snap an 11-race losing streak in the B. Thoughtful for California-bred fillies and mares.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Sugarinthemorning has started 11 times since she last won, in the Fleet Treat Stakes at Del Mar in July 2011.

But it is not trainer Ron McAnally’s habit to give up on a horse just because of a losing streak. Last Sunday, McAnally, 80, won the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano Handicap at Santa Anita for the third time in his career with Interaction, who was winless in seven starts since last summer.

Sugarinthemorning runs in Saturday’s $125,000 B. Thoughtful Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares at Betfair Hollywood Park, one of four six-figure stakes on the day’s California Gold Rush program. A 5-year-old mare owned by breeder Stephen Weissman, Sugarinthemorning has won 5 of 20 starts and $512,684. She has won 2 of 7 starts at Hollywood Park.

Wednesday at Santa Anita, Sugarinthemorning worked three furlongs in 36.80 seconds, a final tune-up for the B. Thoughtful, which is run over 7 1/2 furlongs.

“She’s ready,” McAnally said. ”She likes that track.”

Sugarinthemorning was fourth in the Grade  3 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita on March 10, but emerged with an excuse.

“The last time, she grabbed a quarter leaving the gate,” McAnally said.

The trainer was more impressed with Sugarinthemorning’s second-place finish in the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes at Santa Anita in January. The winner of that race, Teddy’s Promise, is part of the B. Thoughtful field.

A break of almost seven weeks since the Las Flores works in favor of Sugarinthemorning.

“She likes her races spaced. That’s the way she is,” McAnally said.

Teddy’s Promise will be favored in the B.  Thoughtful, which has also drawn Ismene, who was second in the Irish O’Brien Stakes for California-bred fillies and mares on March 17.

Saturday’s richest race is the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes for 3-year-olds over 1 1/8 miles.

Tiz a Minister, fourth in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, will start in the Snow Chief, trainer Paul Aguirre said on Wednesday. Tiz a Minister is a candidate for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, but Aguirre is worried that Tiz a Minister may not have sufficient qualifying points to gain a spot in the field.

“Since we don’t know if we’ll get in we’ll stay here,” he said.

In the $250,000 Melair Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles, Doinghardtimeagain can win the third stakes of her career. She won the Evening Jewel Stakes at Santa Anita in March. In the Melair, Doinghardtimeagain must beat Unusual Way, who was second to Kentucky Oaks hopeful Midnight Lucky in the Sunland Park Oaks on March 24.

John Scott, who won the Crystal Water Stakes for California-breds over a mile in January, returns in the $125,000 Tiznow Stakes over 7 1/2 furlongs. There are eight runners in the Tiznow, including Mel’s Game, who has won his last three starts but has yet to run in a stakes.

Pair of intriguing first-time starters

The first 2-year-old race for males in Southern California is Friday’s second race over 4  1/2 furlongs, which drew a full field of 10.

Trainers Jeff Bonde (Oneandonlyloveman) and Mike Harrington (Better Bet) have horses that will merit attention.

Oneandonlyloveman, a colt by Bushwacker, has worked consistently since early February. Wednesday, Bonde said he was confident, but stopped short of saying that Oneandonlyloveman will win his debut.

“We expect him to run well,” Bonde said. “He hasn’t missed a beat.”

Better Bet, a colt by Southern Image, has had quick workouts over two furlongs and three furlongs on several occasions since March 1.

“I can’t tip my hand,” Harrington joked when asked about his expectations for Friday. “He’s no Creative Cause, but he can run some.”

Harrington finished third in the 2012 Preakness Stakes with Creative Cause, a three-time stakes winner.

McAnally mulls Interaction’s options

Interaction may run at Hollywood Park’s spring-summer meeting.

Interaction finished a nose in front of All Squared Away in a thrilling running of the San Juan Capistrano. Wednesday, McAnally said that no specific plans have been finalized for Interaction.

One option is the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf on June 8. McAnally said that Interaction has been nominated for the Arlington Million at Arlington Park on Aug. 17, but could run in the $400,000 American St. Leger over 1 11/16 miles on turf the same day.

Moone’s My Name points to Wilshsire

Moone’s My Name, scratched from the $150,000 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita last Saturday, will run in Sunday’s $100,000 Wilshire Handicap over a mile on turf, trainer John Sadler said.

Sadler said he preferred that Moone’s My Name have a three-week break since her last start, a second in the America Beauty Stakes at Santa Anita on April 7. Sadler won the Santa Barbara with Lady of Shamrock, who finished second but was promoted to first after Viva Carina was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch.

Halo Dolly, a seven-time stakes winner for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, is the 120-pound highweight in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap for fillies and mares. Moone’s My Name was assigned 117 pounds.