Updated on 06/27/2012 3:04PM

Hollywood Park: Potesta will race just once more this summer

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Trainer Mike Mitchell says he wants to keep 3-year-old filly Potesta racing on dirt or synthetic surfaces with a long-range goal of this fall's Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Potesta, who won the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday in her stakes debut, may have one more start for the rest of the summer.

Trainer Mike Mitchell said on Sunday that the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 is a long-term goal for Potesta, s lightly raced filly.

With most of the stakes schedule for 3-year-old fillies at Del Mar on turf later this summer, Potesta will be pointed for the $100,000 Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on the Polytrack synthetic surface there on Sept. 2.

Races on turf, or races outside of California, are not being considered.

“I want to keep her on synthetic or dirt,” Mitchell said. “I just don’t want to ship her. We’ve got the Breeders’ Cup in our own backyard.

“We’re really limited and I want to stay off the grass,” he said. “We can space her races.”

In the Hollywood Oaks over 1 1/16 miles, Potesta stalked the pace for the first six furlongs, engaged even-money favorite Eden’s Moon in early stretch and won by a nose after a thrilling stretch duel.

Mitchell said he would like to start Potesta at Santa Anita in the fall in a prep for the BC Ladies’ Classic. Santa Anita is expected to announce the stakes schedule for its fall meeting in coming weeks.

By Macho Uno, Potesta races for Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino.

After a second in her debut at Santa Anita on March 22, Potesta beat maidens by 11 1/2 lengths in a race over 1 1/16 miles on May 3. The Hollywood Oaks was her third start.