07/07/2012 8:46PM

Hollywood Park: Quiet Oasis takes Royal Heroine in three-horse photo


INGLEWOOD, Calif.- Quiet Oasis has grown up quite nicely during the Betfair Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting.

A filly once prone to being overeager early in her races has learned to settle. The results at the current meeting include a win in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap in April, a second in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes in May, and a win in Saturday’s $150,000 Royal Heroine Stakes over a mile on turf.

Ridden by Mario Gutierrez in the Grade 2 Royal Heroine, Quiet Oasis ($8) closed from fifth in a field of eight fillies and mares to edge Mega Dream by a head, finishing in 1:35.06. Mega Dream, the winner of the Great Lady M Stakes for turf sprinters on May 27, outfinished pacesetter Briecat by a head.

Nereid finished fourth, 1 1/2 lengths behind the winner, and was followed by Ninth Infantry, Up In Time, City to City, and All Star Heart, the 8-5 favorite. All Star Heart was being urged by jockey Brice Blanc with three furlongs remaining and was out of contention by early stretch.

The Grade 2 Royal Heroine was the second career stakes win for Quiet Oasis, who is trained by Ben Cecil.

“The problem with her before she was headstrong,” Cecil said. “She’s gotten more settled. I think she will go further.”

Quiet Oasis, a 4-year-old Irish-bred filly by Oasis Dream, has won 4 of 10 starts and $262,379.

Quiet Oasis’s victory came on a poignant day for Gutierrez and owners Paul and Zillah Reddam. Earlier in the day, their I’ll Have Another, the winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in the spring, was paraded before an adoring crowd.

Retired because of a tendon injury the day before the Belmont Stakes last month, I’ll Have Another is scheduled to go into quarantine on Sunday, in advance of being sent to Japan for stud duty in 2013 


JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I'll Have Another looked fabulous today in his bon voyage tribute at Hollywood. His beautiful copper coat literally gleamed in the sunlight. My, I'll Have Another looked so handsome walking to the Winner's Circle, and standing in his place of honor!! IHA stood there straight and proud. I'll Have Another was on his toes the very second he hit the arena, and he was ready for action - ready to mow down the opposition. In his mind, he was in alredy in racing mode, all business and ready to dominate. I'll Have Another stood with great pride for the cameras in the Winner's Circle, he's a natural in front of cameras. IHA looked and acted every bit of the great, first class, champion horse that he is. I was very happy to see him today, and i was also very sad that we North Americans are losing him, all at the same time. Our loss is Japan's great gain. The crowd was appreciative, and let him know it this afternoon. It's fantastic that all I'll Have Another heard and saw today was applause, smiling fans waving signs that said 'Hero', and happiness. It's what he has earned and deserves. It's a wonderful memory for him to take with him to Japan. I'm happy I'll Have Another gets to leave racing at the top of his game. He will be an incredibly wonderful sire for many generations of international champion horses in the future. My prayers and best wishes for great good fortune in life go with I'll Have Another. Bon voyage, noble champion warrior. You gave us some amazing thrills and marvelous, top-drawer racing. Well done, my boy! Your fabulousness will not be forgotten. Have a great and happy life! And may your 'romantic' life be significant and thrive for countless years to come. Cheers! Here's to your progeny - all of the future 'I'll Have Anothers'.
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
I am thrilled for Mario Gutierrez in winning this race. I was pulling for him to win this race because I like Mario very much, both as a jockey and as a person. Quiet Oasis is a very good horse and made the race exciting, winning with determination. Not wild about the owner right now, but I am thrilled for Mario and for the horse, it was an excellent effort by both of them. Just as an aside, Mario looked so happy today astride I'll Have Another during IHA's bon voyage tribute, and in the winner's circle when he won on Quiet Oasis. Mario's smile and attitude were dazzling both times. It's really nice to see Mario enjoying living his dream.
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
As an after-thought, you really have to admire Brie cat. she is one tough,honest mare.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
She really is an honest mare.
Annalisa Sumaray More than 1 year ago
I know that if this horse was under Mario, I know he's going to win. And they both did! Thank you, Mario! I have not lessened my faith you will win.
victor More than 1 year ago
Mario Gutierrez gave this horse a nice ride. He did not panic, but stayed on till a spot opened at the eighth pole, and he edged away. i'm really surprised he is not getting many mounts at Hollywood.
Jerome Moynihan More than 1 year ago
he will. he's the real deal. good hands,good head. good attitude.good agent.