Las Vegas, NV -- The 51st running of the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap comes our way this Sunday, April 29th from Betfair Hollywood Park. The race is open to fillies and mare three years old and upward willing to go 1 mile on Hollywood Park's turf course.
$100,000 is up for grabs for the eight entries that will be part of race 8 on Hollywood Park's Sunday schedule. Post time is 4:40 PM. Let's take a look at the eight starters, multiple stakes winners among them, and the recent performances that brought them to the Wilshire.
Wilshire Handicap Race Favorites
Nereid - has placed in all six of her career starts with three wins including an impressive score at the Grade 1 American Oaks Stakes on this track in July. Since that time she has raced to two third place finishes - the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in August and the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes in October at Keeneland. Nereid has won two straight stakes races on this track and has three wins overall at Hollywood Park.
Briecat - has three starts in 2012 but has failed to place in any of them - a fifth in the Pasadena Handicap on January 15th, an 11th in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap on February 20th and most recently a fourth at the American Beauty Stakes on March 7th. Briecat does have a decent history at Hollywood Park however - a win in the Cool Air Stakes in December, a win in the Grade 2 Las Palmas Handicap in October 2010 and a second in the Swingtime Stakes in October 2010.
Remaining Field Entries
Go Forth North - has a pair of third place finishes in her last two starts - the American Beauty Stakes on March 7th and the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap at Del Mar in September. Go Forth North hasn't tasted victory since the Grade 3 Harold Ramser Sr. Handicap on this track in October 2010 and she has placed in four of five starts at Hollywood Park. She has three wins, two seconds and six third place finishes in 16 career starts.
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Wild Mia - most recently finished an impressive second in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes on March 25th. In four starts this year Wild Mia has two seconds, a third and a fourth place finish - all at Santa Anita. She has four wins, four eighths and one third place finish in 18 career starts.
Antares World - has raced three times in 2012 - a win and a second in Allowance races at Golden Gate and a sixth in the Valentine Dancer Stakes at Santa Anita on January 28th. Antares World does have a history on this track - an impressive second in the Grade 1 American Oaks in July 2010, a third in the Grade 3 Harold C. Ramser Sr. in October 2010 and more recently a win at the Pacific Heights Stakes on December 17th, 2011.
Up In Time - two time graded stakes winner that was second last time out in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap at Santa Anita on February 20th and before that was a fifth in the Grade 3 Monrovia. Last time at Hollywood Park was an eighth in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes on November 25th. Up In Time does hold some impressive recent wins however - the Grade 3 Ramser at Santa Anita on October 16th, the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap at Hollywood in June and the Grade 2 San Clemente last fall.
Imperialistic Diva - won an Allowance Optional Claiming race at Hollywood in December but followed that up with a sixth in the Megahertz Stakes, a second in an Allowance and a seventh last time out in the American Beauty Stakes.
Quiet Oasis - makes her 2012 debut after a win in an Allowance in October and a sixth last time out in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes here on November 25th. Quiet Oasis has two wins, a second and a third place finish in seven career starts.
Wilshire Handicap Entries
Race 8 on Hollywood Park's Sunday card with a Post Time of 4:40 PM.
|1||Briecat||J. Talamo||V. Cerin|
|2||Antares World||K. Krigger||S. Specht|
|3||Nereid||M. Smith||J. Shirreffs|
|4||Quiet Oasis||B. Blanc||B. Cecil|
|5||Wild Mia||D. Flores||J. Fanning|
|6||Imperialistic Diva||E. Flores||S. Callaghan|
|7||Up In Time||J. Rosario||S. Callaghan|
|8||Go Forth North||V. Espinoza||A. Avila|