07/04/2013 1:50PM

Hollywood Park: Schiaparelli trying a mile in Royal Heroine Stakes


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Schiaparelli has been a brilliant turf sprinter since her career began in spring 2011. Whether she can be equally as effective over a mile will be better known in Saturday’s $150,000 Royal Heroine Stakes on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park.

“It’s the only question,” trainer Mike Puype said. “It’s a graded race, and it’s worth a shot.”

The Grade 2 Royal Heroine is Schiaparelli’s first start since a convincing win in the Great Lady M Stakes over six furlongs on turf here May 26. Sent off at 3-5, she led throughout under jockey Joe Talamo, winning by 2 1/2 lengths. Talamo has the mount in the Royal Heroine.

There are clues in Schiaparelli’s pedigree that suggests that she can handle a mile. She is by Ghostzapper, a stallion with stamina influences, and is out of the brilliantly quick mare Cambiocorsa, by Avenue of Flags. Cambiocorsa was outstanding on Santa Anita’s hillside turf course, winning four stakes.

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Cambiocorsa had mixed results at a mile. She was 13th in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes in 2006 but won the minor Wishing Well Stakes over a mile on turf at Hollywood Park earlier that year.

Owned by Ran Jan Racing, Schiaparelli will be easy to find in the Royal Heroine field. A gray mare, she is likely to be on or near the lead in the field of six. Schiaparelli will be opposed by the stakes winners My Gi Gi, I Dazzle, and Stormy Lucy; the stakes-placed Appealing; and Egg Drop, who won her turf debut in an allowance race May 24.

Egg Drop, trained by Mike Mitchell, stalked the pace in the May 24 race over six furlongs, taking the lead in the stretch and holding off a rival by three-quarters of a length. The Royal Heroine Stakes is her turf stakes debut. Earlier this year, she was last of five in the Santa Lucia Stakes on the main track at Santa Anita.

My Gi Gi and Stormy Lucy are capable of improved performances after losing their first starts of 2013.

My Gi Gi won the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap in June 2012, but was fifth in a tough running of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes here May 27. Stormy Lucy, who won the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in 2012, was a fast-closing fourth in the Redondo Beach Stakes over a mile on turf June 9.

Appealing, who won two optional claimers on turf in April and May, was only ninth in the Redondo Beach Stakes, fading from contention in the final quarter-mile.

I Dazzle won the minor American Beauty Stakes over a mile on turf at Santa Anita on April 7 and was third in the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap on the synthetic main track here May 18. The recent loss is a performance to dismiss, trainer John Sadler said.

“My filly hated the synthetic last time,” he said. “The fact that she was third is a good thing. We had to give it a try.

“She’s back on grass, which is where she belongs. I expect a really good race.”