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Hollywood Park: Miss Ellany must be caught in Friday allowance
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – After serving as a pacesetter for stablemate Lady of Shamrock in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park in May, Miss Ellany has been given a chance to build her own career this summer.
A 4-year-old Irish-bred filly, Miss Ellany won an allowance over 1 1/16 miles on turf June 15, her first win in four starts in the United States. She can win her second consecutive start in a $57,000 allowance race over a mile on turf in Friday’s second race at Hollywood Park.
“I’m looking forward to seeing a validation of her last race,” trainer John Sadler said. “I think it’s there.”
Owned by Hronis Racing, Miss Ellany led throughout her June 15 win and could display the same tactics Friday. Miss Ellany is part of a field of five and is the lone front-runner. Sadler said he is comfortable with Miss Ellany racing in front.
“I thought she relaxed beautifully when she was on the lead,” Sadler said.
A winner of 3 of 13 starts and $50,085, Miss Ellany won twice in England at minor tracks in 2012. She finished sixth and seventh in her first starts in California, which came during the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting earlier this year, races that were not reflective of her ability, Sadler said.
“She’s one of those foreign horses that didn’t get off on the right foot when she came here,” he said.
In the Grade 1 Gamely, Miss Ellany set the pace to early stretch and faded to finish sixth of seven at 52-1. On June 15, she led by as much as 3 1/2 lengths, was headed in the stretch, and fought back to win by 1 1/2 lengths under Edwin Maldonado, who has the mount Friday.
“We’re very happy with the win,” Sadler said. “She’s training really good.”
All five fillies or mares in Friday’s second race have stakes experience.
Creditcardroulette and Koko Loca have yet to win or place in a stakes. Freedom Reigns, trained by Neil Drysdale, was second in the Hatoof Stakes at Arlington Park last August when trained by Doug Matthews. Freedom Reigns joined Drysdale’s stable last winter.
High Jinks was a Group 3 winner in Brazil last November. Trained by A.C. Avila, High Jinks was seventh in the Group 1 Grand Prix Diana there March 17, her most recent start.
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