ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2015) – Leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will once again pair with jockey Elvis Trujillo when he sends out Heat the Rocks Saturday in the Sunshine Millions Xpressbet California Cup Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf.
Though she has never raced on turf, 3-year-old Heat the Rocks has run well at a mile, running second in her last out, the Soviet Problem Stakes Dec. 7. The filly by Unusual Heat and out of the Tribal Rule mare Rockella is owned by Hollendorfer, Brett Tahajian and George Todaro. Bred in-part by Hollendorfer and Todaro as well, Heat the Rocks is 4-1-2-0 overall with earnings of $90,160.
Hollendorfer will also send out Light One, a horse from his Golden Gate contingent in Saturday’s Oaks. The Comic Strip filly comes off a 5 ½ furlong maiden special weight win at Golden Gate Dec. 27; her first start with trainer Hollendorfer.
Owned by Gatto Racing, LLC, USA Thoroughbred Racing Management, Inc, Gray, et al, she is 2-1-1 lifetime with earnings of $27,040.
Northern-California based trainer Steve Specht has the most experienced filly in the gate with Swiss Skimmer, who has run the mile distance in her last four outings in an eight race career. Coming off a maiden special weight win at Golden Gate Dec. 14, the Swiss Yodeler filly is owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
She is 8-1-1-3 overall with earnings of $41,103.
Second going a mile on turf in a maiden special weight at Santa Anita Jan. 1, Doug O’Neill’s Silver Starlight will break from the far outside with new rider, French import Flavien Prat.
The filly by Marino Marini is owned by Neil Haymes, Michael Ryan and Sterling Stables. She is a maiden with a second and a fourth from two starts and $14,560 in earnings.
Tim Yakteen and Phil D’Amato will send out Patsy G and Me and Sheer Pleasure respectively off six furlong maiden special weight wins at Los Alamitos Dec. 19.
The complete field for Saturday’s Xpressbet California Cup Oaks, to be run as the fifth race on a ten-race card, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Patsy G and Me, Drayden Van Dyke, 117; Singing Kitty, Aaron Gryder, 117; Swiss Skimmer, Frank Alvarado, 117; Heat the Rocks, Elvis Trujillo, 117; Sheer Pleasure, Kent Desormeaux, 117; Light One, Rafael Bejarano, 117; Tribal Express, Alonso Quinonez, 117; Silver Starlight, Flavien Prat, 117.
Special first post time on Saturday of 12:00 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:00 a.m.