ARCADIA, Calif. (June 25, 2014)–Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes at Santa Anita has attracted a wide-open field of 10 fillies and mares at one mile on turf with graded stakes winners Parranda, Moone’s My Name, Stormy Lucy and Wishing Gate all figuring prominently.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Parranda took command turning for home en route to an authoritative 1 ½ length win in the Grade III, one mile turf Wilshire Stakes on April 27 and was subsequently third, beaten 2 ¼ lengths as the 2-1 favorite in the Grade I, 1 1/8 miles turf Gamely Stakes on May 26. A 5-year-old Florida-bred mare by English Channel, she will make her third start for Hollendorfer on Saturday and will be ridden by Elvis Trujillo, who guided her to an allowance win on July 4, 2013 at Monmouth Park and to a minor stakes victory at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 28 of last year.
Owned by Campbell, Clark, Gatto Racing LLC, Hollendorfer and Skoda, Parranda has four wins from eight starts at a mile on turf and is 23-9-2-3 overall with earnings of $548,655.
Second to Parranda in the Wilshire on April 27, trainer John Sadler’s Moone’s My Name was a one length winner of the one mile turf American Beauty Stakes two starts back on March 29 and will hope to benefit from the freshening. A gate to wire winner of a 1 1/16 miles turf allowance on Dec. 5 at Hollywood Park, she has employed a stalking style in six other stateside starts.
A 6-year-old English-bred mare, Moone’s My Name has three wins, two seconds and four thirds from 13 starts at a mile on grass and is 24-8-4-5 overall with earnings of $219,483. She’s owned by the Batchelor Family Trust.
A back to back winner of the Grade II, 1 1/8 miles turf Santa Ana and the Grade III, 1 ¼ miles turf Santa Barbara Handicap on March 16 and April 13 respectively, Stormy Lucy ran an even fourth, beaten 3 ¾ lengths, in the Grade I Gamely on May 26 and will be ridden for the second time in-a-row by Joe Talamo.
Formerly trained by Frank Lucarelli, Stormy Lucy, a 5-year-old mare by Stormy Atlantic, was sold privately following the Santa Ana and will be making her third start for trainer Ed Moger, Jr. Winless from four tries at a mile on turf, she’s 23-7-2-3 overall and is owned by Moger’s brother, Steve Moger. She has career earnings of $500,200.
Glen Hill Farm’s homebred Wishing Gate, a Florida-bred filly by Indian Charlie, has been idle since running fifth to Parranda as the 4-5 favorite in Gulfstream Park’s Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Stakes at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 18 and will hope to turn the tables in the Royal Heroine.
Trained by Tom Proctor, she’ll again be ridden by Gary Stevens, who guided her to victories in last year’s Grade II San Clemente Handicap on July 21 and the Grade III Autumn Miss at Santa Anita on Oct. 26–both at one mile on grass. Sixth, beaten just 1 ½ lengths two starts back in Hollywood Park’s Grade I Matriarch at a mile on grass two starts back Dec. 1, Wishing Gate will try to get a ground-saving stalking trip from post position three.
With four wins and a second from seven tries at a mile on turf, she’s 12-4-3-0 overall with earnings of $310,094.
The complete field for the Royal Heroine Stakes, to be run as the fifth race on a 10-race program Saturday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Stormy Lucy, Joe Talamo, 124; Dancingtothestars, Mario Gutierrez, 119; Wishing Gate, Gary Stevens, 121; Redressthebalance, Corey Nakatani, 119; Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith, 119; Moone’s My Name, Victor Espinoza, 119; Habibi, Brice Blance, 119; Dutchessa, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Kathleen Rose, Edwin Maldonado, 119, and Parranda, Elvis Trujillo, 121.