Las Vegas, NV - Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California will be the scene of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes this Monday, May 27. A purse of $250,000 will be on the line for fillies and mares three years old and upward willing to go 1 1/8 miles on Hollywood Park's turf track.
A strong field of seven older females will take to the track in the Gamely in race 9 on Hollywood Park's Monday card. Post time is 5:00 PM. Here is a brief glance into the past performances of all seven combatants for this Grade 1 stakes.
2013 Gamely Stakes Race Favorites
Lady of Shamrock - is a five time stakes winner (two Grade 1 scores) who won the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap last time out after a second as even money favorite in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes March 24 behind Tiz Flirtatious. Before that was her worst career performance - a fifth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf in November. She finished a close second in the Honeymoon Handicap on June 9 to My Gi Gi and then bounced back with a terrific wins in the Grade 1 American Oaks July 14 and the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks August 18 before the Breeders' Cup. She has won seven of her last 11 starts and although she is prone to the occasional letdown Lady of Shamrock is the most accomplished entry in the field and is certainly the one to beat Monday.
Marketing Mix - has won six of her last 10 starts since switching to turf and four of seven in 2012 with two seconds. Last time out was a good second in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf to follow an easy win in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes and a second in the Grade 1 Beverly D Stakes at Arlington August 18. She won in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly to follow another score in the Grade 2 Nassau Stakes. She has been worse than second just once in her career but hasn't raced since the Breeders' Cup in November - rust has to be a factor doesn't it?
Gamely Stakes 2013 | Remaining Field Entries
Tiz Flirtatious - Tiz Flirtatious has been terrific in her career with six wins, two seconds and a third place finish in nine career starts. She is coming off a win in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Stakes over Lady of Shamrock after a win in the minor Valentine Dancer Stakes January 23 and a pair of seconds in graded stakes races - the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel in December, the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes in November. Tiz Flirtatious has been at or near the top in every career start, has never been worse than second in five starts on grass and is expected to be very competitive Monday.
Halo Dolly - had a win in the minor Miss America Stakes in October and didn't taste victory again until last time out - a very nice win in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap here April 28. She had a third in the minor Golden Poppy Stakes as heavy favorite April 7 followed a third in an Allowance in March after a couple of off the board finished in two starts prior - a fourth in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel and a sixth in the minor Valentine Dancer at Santa Anita in January. Her win last time out has opened a few eyes for this now multiple graded stakes winner. In her only Grade 1 experience Halo Dolly finished eighth in the Flower Bowl September 29.
Gamely Stakes betting at Hollywood Park with OffTrackBetting.com
My Gi Gi - won her first graded stakes June 9 in the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap over Lady of Shamrock and Stormy Lucy to follow an OK second in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes on May 5. She had an OK fourth in the Del Mar Oaks in August and followed that with a fifth in the Grade 1 Rodeo Drive Stakes at Santa Anita in September- a race that Marketing Mix won. She has been out of action since - not a whole lot is expected!
Private Affair - Peruvian bred Private Affair endured over a year off and returned with a win in an Allowance here November 22. He followed that with an ugly tenth in the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup December 15 at Hollywood Park and in 2013 has raced to a pair of fifths - the minor Golden Poppy Stakes last time out April 7 at Golden Gate and at the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes at Santa Anita February 16.
Miss Ellany - Irish bred filly had nine starts at home with two wins, a second and two third place finishes before debuting in North America two back. That result was a sixth in an Allowance at Santa Anita March 16. She followed that with a seventh last time out in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita April 5.