06/08/2012 1:43PM

Hollywood Park: Starlight Magic to come back quick for Hollywood Oaks

Benoit & Associates
Starlight Magic wins the California Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall. She is targeting the Hollywood Oaks.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – June will be a busy month for the 3-year-old filly Starlight Magic.

Her win in an allowance race against older fillies and mares at Betfair Hollywood Park on Thursday convinced trainer Mark Glatt that a turnaround for the $150,000 Hollywood Oaks on June 23 is a reasonable goal.

“It seems as if it was an easy enough race on her,” he said. “With a lack of dirt races for the rest of the season, I think we have to come back relatively quick.”

The stakes schedule for 3-year-old fillies in California emphasizes turf racing, making the Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks over 1 1/16 miles on Hollywood Park’s synthetic track even more important for Starlight Magic.

Plus, Glatt was not thrilled when Starlight Magic worked five furlongs in 1:01.80 on turf on May 27, leading him to aim for main-track races.

“She didn’t seem all that comfortable,” he said.

Owned by Cory Wagner, Starlight Magic had no problem in Thursday’s race. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Starlight Magic closed from fourth in a field of six to win by 1 3/4 lengths, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.67. She paid $4.60 as the favorite in her first start outside of her age group.

“Anytime you’re in against older fillies and males, you’re a little bit concerned,” Glatt said.

Starlight Magic has won 3 of 7 starts, including the California Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall. Earlier this year, she was second in the $200,000 Evening Jewel Stakes in March and third in the $300,000 Melair Stakes behind Willa B Awesome here April 28.

“I tried to make those races because there was so much money,” Glatt said.

Willa B Awesome, who won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in March, is another candidate for the Hollywood Oaks.

Amarish points to Willard Proctor

Amarish, a sharp maiden race winner in his debut May 26, can prove his status as a 2-year-old to follow in the $100,000 Willard Proctor Memorial Stakes on June 16.

The Proctor, run over 5 1/2 furlongs, is the first stakes for the division this year.

Trained by Jeff Bonde for Jerry Durant, Amarish won a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs by 7 3/4 lengths in 50.98 seconds, leading throughout under jockey Edwin Maldonado. Thursday at Hollywood Park, Amarish worked a half-mile in 48.20, his first workout since the maiden race.

“He’s training excellent,” Bonde said after the workout. “It’s all systems go right now.”

Bonde has a starter in the accompanying race for 2-year-old fillies on June 16 – the Cinderella Stakes – with Unusual Way.

By Unusual Heat, Unusual Way won her debut in a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs by 2 1/4 lengths in 52.01 on May 5.

The purses for the Proctor and Cinderella were increased from $70,000 last year by Hollywood Park officials to entice participation. Those races lead to two six-furlong races worth $200,000 on July 14 – the Landaluce Stakes for fillies and the Hollywood Juvenile Championship.

The leading race on June 16 is the $250,000 Vanity Handicap, a Grade 1 race for fillies and mares over 1 1/8 miles.

Include Me Out, winner of the Grade 2 Marjorie Everett Handicap on May 19, will be a strong favorite in the Vanity, the championship race for the division at the spring-summer meeting.

Rosario loses appeal of suspension

Jockey Joel Rosario, third in the standings of the spring-summer meeting through Thursday, has been suspended for five days after losing an appeal from a suspension issued at Santa Anita in January.

Rosario was cited in January for causing interference in the ninth race on Jan. 14, an incident that led to the disqualification of his mount, Mon Coeur, from first to unplaced. In that race, Mon Coeur bumped Teasing Bernie, who fell near the finish.

Rosario appealed the decision, which was rejected. The new dates of the suspension are the racing dates of June 16-17, 21-23.

Pick six returns $1,592 after carryover

After a pick-six carryover of $107,825 from June 3, bettors added $564,061 to the pool Thursday.

The pick six races were formful on Thursday. The winners were Capture the Call ($3.40), Pardon My Excess ($8.60), Red Defense ($7), Megaride ($3.60), Starlight Magic ($4.60), and Turn On Pumps ($9.60).

The pick six paid $1,592.

The Factor works for Triple Bend

The Factor, the 4-year-old colt who has won five stakes in his 11-race career, worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 at Hollywood Park on Friday.

The Factor is being pointed to the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap over seven furlongs June 30, trainer Bob Baffert said last weekend.

The Factor has not started since finishing sixth in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 31.

The Grade 1 Triple Bend may have an outstanding field. Aside from The Factor, Amazombie, the champion sprinter of 2011, is a candidate, trainer Bill Spawr said Thursday.