06/09/2013 4:31PM

Hollywood Park: Sarach to face familiar foes in American Oaks

Benoit & Associates
Sarach wins the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap by a length at Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Sarach, who won the $150,750 Honeymoon Handicap for 3-year-old fillies Saturday, will have a familiar list of rivals when she starts in the $350,000 American Oaks on July 14.

The second- through fourth-place finishers in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap – Scarlet Strike, Macha, and Becky Lou – are candidates for the Grade 1 American Oaks, which is run over 1 1/4 miles on turf. The American Oaks is California’s richest race for 3-year-old fillies.

Sarach (8-1) led throughout the Honeymoon Handicap over 1 1/8 miles, winning by a length under jockey Martin Garcia. Sarach carried 116 pounds, six fewer than Scarlet Strike, the highweight.

Owned by Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and trained by Richard Mandella, Sarach won her first stakes in the Honeymoon. She was fifth behind Scarlet Strike in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita on April 6.

Sarach fought for the early lead in the Providencia but faded through the final quarter-mile. She had a clear lead throughout the Honeymoon. Disputing the pace is her preferred running style, Mandella said.

“I think that’s what she wanted to do all along, just as long as she is comfortable,” he said. “She’s one-paced.”

June has been an outstanding month so far for the Wertheimers. On June 1, they won the French Derby at Chantilly with Intello. On Saturday, they won the Group 3 Prix Paul de Moussac at Chantilly with Anodin, a 3-year-old full brother to Goldikova, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile each year from 2008 through 2010.