Updated on 09/15/2011 12:17PM

Tranquility Lake acts up for Gamely


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The more ornery Tranquility Lake becomes around the barn, the more bettors should pay attention to her chances in important races.

"You can see when she's getting good because you can't get in her stall," trainer Julio Canani said. "She'll savage you."

The Canani barn has been on a high alert this week around Tranquility Lake. It could not come at a better time. On Saturday, Tranquility Lake starts as the 124-pound highweight in the $250,000 Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park, a Grade 1 that has drawn an outstanding field of turf females.

Owned by Marty and Pam Wygod, Tranquility Lake won the Gamely in 1999, but was not racing at this time last year. Through the remainder of 2000, she won 3 of 5 starts and $528,760, a season highlighted by a win in the Yellow Ribbon Stakes.

Tranquility Lake finished worse than second only once last year, running eighth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf over 1 3/8 miles, a distance Canani feels is beyond her best.

A 6-year-old, Tranquility Lake won her first start this year, in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap on April 29, leading throughout a mile on turf.

In the Gamely, run over 1 1/8 miles on turf, Tranquility Lake, who will be ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, is expected to lead, chased by six fillies and mares. Five have won major stakes in the last year.

The challengers are led by Happyanunoit, the winner of the 1999 Matriach Stakes and 2000 Beverly Hills Handicap who is making her 2001 debut. Trained by Bobby Frankel, Happyanunoit has not started since finishing third in the Matriach Stakes last November.

Retirement was considered over the winter, but the 6-year-old Happyanunoit has remained in training. Winless in her last four starts, the longest losing streak of her 19-race career, Happyanunoit has recovered from the sore feet that bothered her last year, Frankel said.

"Watching her gallop this morning, I know she's ready," Frankel said on Thursday.

Happyanunoit is a closer as is Frankel's other starter, High Walden. The 4-year-old High Walden won the Matiara Stakes against 3-year-olds last November, but is winless in three starts this year.

High Walden finished second to Beautiful Noise, another contender in the Gamely, in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap at Santa Anita on March 18, losing by a head after closing from last in the field of 12. "She should have won," Frankel said.

The other top contenders include Kalypso Katie, a stakes winner in England last year who won her U.S. debut in an allowance race on May 2; and Rare Charmer, the winner of two stakes this year - the Buena Vista Handicap in February and Fran's Valentine Stakes for California-breds on April 28.

Eurolink Raindance will be the longest shot in the field. Stakes-placed in England last year, she was second to Kalypso Katie on May 2, and is looking for her first U.S. win after four starts.

Like the others, Eurolink Raindance will be chasing the front-running Tranquility Lake, who will attempt to become the first two-time winner of the Gamely since Tipping Time in 1970-71.

Judging from her win in the Wilshire Handicap and recent behavior at the barn, Tranquility Lake maybe tough to catch in the Gamely.