04/21/2013 5:35PM

Lady of Shamrock may get rabbit's help in Hollywood's Gamely

Benoit & Associates
Trainer John Sadler says he wants to ensure Lady of Shamrock will have sufficient pace to set up her kick when she makes her next start in the Gamely at Betfair Hollywood Park.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Lady of Shamrock may have a stablemate working in her favor when she starts in the $250,000 Gamely Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park on May 25.

Lady of Shamrock finished second in Saturday’s Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita, and was promoted to first when Viva Carina was disqualified for causing interference in the final furlong.

The Santa Barbara was Lady of Shamrock’s second start of 2013, and second runner-up finish. She was second to Tiz Flirtatious in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes on March 24. In both races, she chased a moderate or slow pace and could not catch the leader.

“I’m going to have to go out and get a rabbit,” trainer John Sadler said. “I’m in the market for one.”

Whether Sadler can find a pacemaker for Lady of Shamrock remains to be seen, but it might help. Lady of Shamrock was last of five in the Santa Barbara through a slow six-furlong fractional time of 1:14.41. She was within a length of Viva Carina with a furlong remaining, but was forced to take up late when the leader drifted to the inside. The stewards reversed the order of finish after an inquiry.

Jockey Victor Espinoza, who rode Viva Carina, was suspended three days by stewards for causing inteference. The suspension begins on Saturday at Hollywood Park and continues through May 2.

Espinoza was cited for failing to make the proper effort to maintain a straight course in the Santa Barbara Handicap

Sadler said he wished that Lady of Shamrock was more involved in the race earlier.

“She’s gotten really relaxed this year and it’s scary,” Sadler said. “She wants to sit way back and close.”

Owned by Kosta and Pete Hronis, Lady of Shamrock has won six stakes and 7 of 13 starts in her career. She won two Grade 1 races for 3-year-olds last year- the American Oaks at Hollywood Park and the Del Mar Oaks.

Scott Herrick More than 1 year ago
It's about time Victor Espinoza get's a suspension for he's riding. He's trying to say he would have won that race. Are you kidding me. Lady of shamrock would have gone right bye him for an easy win.
jttf More than 1 year ago
joe johnson came over too late to block grace hall, which ends getting a nice filly hurt. now, victor comes over too late and almost slammed lady of shamrock into the rail. these guys are willing to take out nice horses. 3 day suspensions are not going to stop these guys from dangerous rides. when tony stewart comes over too late to block. he causes 25 car pile ups. he doesnt get suspended and he still blocks. forget the suspension, give them a huge fine. 10 % of the purse.
Scott Herrick More than 1 year ago
You're so right a suspension is not enough. Fined Victor some real money. If Victor is on a horse I like. I will not bet on him he sucks.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Even considering that Lady of Shamrock was probably going to get up without the interference, it still wasn't a strong performance from her. She was having to grind in the stretch. For a horse that is often odds-on, her late running style is not easy on the nerves of the bridge jumpers. Aside from the betting angle, Lady of Shamrock is going to have trouble beating elite open fields if insists on lagging back so much. She does have an excellent turn of foot, but Tiz Flirtatious showed she also has a strong kick in the Santa Ana, and she is more tractable than Lady of Shamrock. The same is true of Eastern runners like Centre Court and Daisy Devine. It's going to be challenging for Lady of Shamrock to spot those horses 4 or 5 lengths turning into the stretch.
Mick More than 1 year ago
Geez, this article doesn't give Lady of Shamrock any credit. Anyone knows she would have easily crossed the line first had she not encountered interference.
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
John you know well enough if the horse wants to run that way and she is doing it the way she is winning....... you leave well enough alone...just get your rabbit...