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Ollie’s Candy, Beautiful Lover & Keeper Ofthe Stars Head Field Of Eleven In Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes

first_imgOLLIE’S CANDY, BEAUTIFUL LOVER & KEEPER OFTHE STARS HEAD FIELD OF ELEVEN FILLIES & MARES IN MONDAY’S GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKESARCADIA, Calif. (May 22, 2020)–Fresh off a huge second place finish on dirt, trainer John Sadler’s Ollie’s Candy heads a solid field of eleven fillies and mares three and up going a mile and one eighth on turf in Monday’s Grade I, $300,000 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita.  Ollie’s Candy will face stiff competition that includes Chad Brown’s lightly raced Beautiful Lover, Jonathan Wong’s Keeper Ofthe Stars, the Richard Baltas-trained Lady Prancealot and others.Named for the brilliant multiple champion Hall of Fame distaffer, the Gamely was first run at Hollywood Park in 1939 as the Long Beach Handicap and was renamed in honor of William Haggin Perry’s Gamely in 1976.OLLIE’S CANDYOwner:  Paul & Karen EggertTrainer:  John SadlerIn what appeared to be her career-best effort on April 18, this 5-year-old Candy Ride mare finished second by a head to highly regarded Ce Ce in the Grade I, 1 1/16 mile Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park on April 18.  A Grade I winner on dirt five starts back last July at Del Mar, Ollie’s Candy hasn’t run on turf since finishing second in the Grade III, one mile Wilshire Stakes here five races back on June 22, 2019.  Second on turf in both the Grade I Del Mar Oaks and Grade II San Clemente Stakes in the summer of 2018, she has three seconds from four tries on turf and is thus a major danger in the Gamely.BEAUTIFUL LOVEROwner:  Paul Pompa, Jr. & Gary TolchinTrainer:  Chad BrownA lightly raced 4-year-old Florida-bred filly by Arch, she was most recently a sharp second in a Grade II stakes at 1 1/8 miles on turf at Tampa Bay Downs March 7.  Raced on turf exclusively in all seven career starts, she has three wins and two seconds and has shown she’s equally effective stalking the early pace or rallying from far back.  Favored on four occasions, she gets the services of top jock Irad Ortiz, Jr. and figures to be plenty tough shipping in from South Florida.KEEPER OFTHE STARSOwner:  Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLCTrainer:  Jonathan WongDismissed at 36-1, she ran the race of her life in taking the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes here on Feb. 22, her second graded stakes win on grass.  A close fourth after pressing the pace in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks seven starts back last August, this 4-year-old Midnight Lute filly is in top form and will hope the extra furlong on Monday will be within her scope with regular rider Abel Cedillo up.THE GRADE I, $300,000 GAMELY STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 11 of 11  Approximate post time 5:30 p.m. PTEtoile–Joel Rosario–122Ollie’s Candy–Drayden Van Dyke–124Lady Prancealot–John Velazquez–126Giza Goddess–Victor Espinoza–122Mucho Unusual–Umberto Rispoli–124Simply Breathless–Jorge Velez–122Beautiful Lover–Irad Ortiz, Jr.–122Tiny Tina–Mike Smith–122Siberian Iris–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–122Bodhicitta–Flavien Prat–122Keeper ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–124First post time for an 11-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m.  Although there is no public admittance, fans are encouraged to wager via 1stBet.com or Xpressbet.com  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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