11/07/2009 12:00AM

Tuscan Evening boosts her value


ARCADIA, Calif. - The men in the announcers' stand at the Fasig-Tipton November sale on Tuesday will have a major update for Hip No. 36.

Tuscan Evening won her second graded stakes of 2009 in Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita. She is scheduled to be flown to Kentucky on Sunday in advance of the sale, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said.

Hollendorfer is hoping that Tuscan Evening makes a quick round-trip back to California and that owner William de Burgh opts to retain the 4-year-old filly.

"I might give him a couple of speeches," Hollendorfer said. "She's been good to us."

De Burgh held out the option of retaining the filly. "I don't know what will happen," he said.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Tuscan Evening ($9.80) ran a mile on turf in 1:33.50. She stalked the pace in second, took the lead in early stretch, and won by 1 1/4 lengths.

"She showed me a big kick in the stretch," Bejarano said. "We had to run to hold off those fillies, but I still had something left."

Closeout, a stakes winner at Churchill Downs during the summer, finished second, a nose in front of Cat by the Tale in the field of 14 fillies and mares.

Hollendorfer thought that Tuscan Evening could get an ideal trip when Bahama Mama scooted away from an inside post to set a quick pace 23.08 and 47.23 seconds.

"Rafael rode her perfect," Hollendorfer said. "I thought [Bahama Mama] might be on the pace, and it was perfect for us."

Tuscan Evening, a 4-year-old filly by Oasis Dream, has won 6 of 20 starts and $509,408. All six of her wins have come this year, including the Grade 2 Royal Heroine Stakes over a mile on turf at Hollywood Park on July 11.

Hollendorfer said that Tuscan Evening will be considered for the $300,000 Matriarch Stakes, a Grade 1 over a mile on turf for fillies and mares at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28.