05/19/2012 12:32PM

Hollywood Park notes: Quiet Oasis will go long in Gamely

Benoit & Associates
Quiet Oasis gets her first stakes victory in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The victory by Quiet Oasis in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on April 29 was her first in a stakes, a minor surprise, and has led to high expectations for the summer.

The filly was 15-1 in a field of eight and rallied through the stretch to win by a half-length in her first start of 2012. The experience has given trainer Ben Cecil confidence that Quiet Oasis can be competitive in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles on turf May 28.

“Having got the race under her belt, she seems more relaxed since then,” Cecil said Saturday. “I like the way she finished the other day. I’m certainly hopeful for the mile and an eighth.”

Owned by Paul Reddam, who owns Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, Quiet Oasis faces a formidable test in the Grade 1 Gamely.

Other leading candidates include All Star Heart, who won the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap last October; Belle Royale, who won the American Beauty Stakes in her U.S. debut last month; Capital Plan and Cambina, who were first and second in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap last month; and Nereid, winner of the Grade 1 American Oaks (in a dead heat with Cambina) in 2011.

The Gamely will be the longest career start for Quiet Oasis. A winner of 3 of 8 starts and $122,379, Quiet Oasis started in a Grade 1 last fall, finishing sixth in the Matriarch Stakes over a mile.

Reddam and Cecil are hopeful that Quiet Oasis can settle into a campaign this year. Quiet Oasis had four starts at 2 and three last year while plagued by minor issues.

“We’ve always liked her a lot, but she’s had niggling problems that have kind of held her up,” Cecil said. “I’m hopeful that she can get the trip.”

Lovinger has pair for Cinderella

Awe’some Kitten, winner of a maiden race for 2-year-old California-bred fillies Thursday, will make her next start in the $100,000 Cinderella Stakes on June 16. She gives California breeder Terry Lovingier a second hopeful in the first stakes of the year for juvenile fillies.

On April 26, Lovingier teamed with trainer Walther Solis to win a maiden race for 2-year-olds with Awe Golly Molly. Lovingier owns both fillies in partnerships. They are both by Awesome Gambler, a stallion that stands at his Southern California farm.

Awe’some Kitten, trained by Gary Sherlock, ran 4 1/2 furlongs in 52.21 seconds, pulling away through the stretch to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

Lovingier and Solis finished fourth in that race with the promising Gambler’s Beauty, who closed well with a wide move.

Lovingier and Solis are having career-best years due to the success of the 3-year-old filly Willa B Awesome, a three-time stakes winner.

Willa B Awesome won the $300,000 Melair Stakes in her last start April 28 and is expected to start in the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks on June 23.