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Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 2 Adoration Stakes formerly the Marjorie L. Everett Handicap at Hollywood Park comes our way from Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California this Sunday, May 18. Fillies and mares three years old and upward will takes to Santa Anita's main track looking for the winner's portion of the $100,000 purse.
A field of 10 females will line up in the Adoration Stakes - race 8 on Santa Anita's Sunday card. Post time is 4:30 PM. Let's take a brief look into the past performances of all 10 combatants for this Grade 3 stakes.
Let Faith Arise - Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly has five wins, two seconds and a third place finish in 11 career starts and had a true breakthrough performance two back - a win in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes on this track March 15 after a very good second in the Grade 2 Santa Maria behind Iotapa here July 15, another second behind Spellbound in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes here January 19 and a career worst performance - an eighth in her graded stakes debut - the Senator Ken Maddy on this track November 2. Last time out was a bit of a hiccup - a fourth after tiring in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park April 11. But she has three wins and two seconds in her last seven starts overall. Let Faith Arise looks like the one to catch Sunday with Corey Nakatani in the saddle from the rail.
Spellbound - Richard Mandella trained filly has nine career starts - a fourth in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes last time out followed a career highlight - a win in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at 16-1 odds over Let Faith Arise here January 19. This after a sixth in the Grade 2 Bayakoa and a fourth in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks in April 2013. She also won two straight in 2013 - an Allowance February 24 followed a MSW score at Santa Anita. It's boom or bust for this filly - she has won three of her nine career starts and finished off the board in her other six starts. Victor Espinoza gets the call from post 8.
Scarlet Strike - Jerry Hollendorfer trainee has placed in 12 of 15 career starts but hasn't hit the board in her last three overall. She has two wins, five seconds and five third place finishes but started her slide with a sixth in the Grade 1 American Oaks in July before a nine month layoff. She returned to action in April and finished fifth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Golden Gate and was most recently fourth in a similar race on this track May 1. Good results include a pair of runner-up finishes on this track - the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap as 4-5 choice June 8 and in the Grade 3 Senorita Stakes as odd-on-choice in May. She had a very impressive win as 2-1 favorite in the Grade 3 Providencia at Santa Anita April 6 after an OK third in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes March 2, another third in the Grade 3 Santa Ysabel January 16, a second by a nose in the Blue Norther Stakes. She looks to get back into form Sunday with Edwin Maldonado in the reins from the outside post.
Floral Romance - Bill Mott trained mare raced in stakes company for the first time and finished seventh January 4 in the Grade 3 Marshua's River Stakes at Gulfstream after an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Belmont Park October 24. Last time out was a sixth in the Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap on this track April 13 after another disappointing seventh in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Derby March 16 and a very respectable third in the Grade 3 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs January 25. She has three wins and a second and a third place finish in 11 but has placed in just one of four graded stakes so far in her career. Mike Smith gets the call from post 3.
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Warren's Veneda - Craig Lewis trained filly entered her graded stakes debut - the Bayakoa on a nice two race win streak - over Curvy Cat in the minor Cat's Cradle Handicap at Hollywood Park November 17 and an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita October 13. She managed an OK third in the Bayakoa and followed that with another third in her only start of 2014 - the minor Spring Fever Stakes on this track April 26. She has 12 career starts with five wins, a second and four third place finishes having placed in every race since her debut. Joe Talamo will be aboard from post 9.
Eblouissante - has just four career starts for trainer John Sherreffs winning her first two - an Allowance Optional Claiming at Santa Anita and a MSW at Hollywood Park in November by an impressive 4 1/4 lengths. She made her stakes debut in July and finished sixth in the Grade 3 Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga and was forced to the sidelines for nearly seven months after that. She returned February 13 to a second in an Allowance on this track. Eblouissante will have the honor of Gary Stevens in the saddle from gate 6.
Legacy - up and coming John Sadler trained filly makes her graded stakes debut Sunday off an OK second behind the terrific Beholder in the minor Santa Lucia Stakes here April 20 and an Allowance Optional Claiming score also on this track March 23. She has just two wins, a second and two third place finishes in 10 career starts and makes a step up with Drayden Van Dyke aboard from post 2.
Yahilwa - had 13 starts in Britain before her North American debut - a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming on this track January 26. She followed that with a fourth in the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes here February 15, a fifth in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Stakes March 15 and an Allowance score last time out April 19. Yahilwa had two wins, a second and four third place finishes at home before shipping and looked just average in North America before a nice win last time out. Kent Desormeaux has the mount from gate 4.
Champagneandcaviar - Gary Mandella trained mare has 19 career starts with just four wins, two seconds and two third place finishes but had a good Allowance Optional Claiming score at Santa Anita October 11 after failing to place in her previous four starts - all minor stakes action. Last time out was an OK fourth in the Grade 3 Santa Barbara Handicap April 13 after a sixth in the Grade 3 Robert J. Frankel here December 29 and a fourth in the Grade 2 Bayakoa Handicap at Hollywood Park December 7. Champagneandcaviar did win two straight minor stakes races in summer 2012 but hasn't been the same since that time. She has placed in just one of eight starts ahead of the Adoration and will have Tyler Baze guiding her from gate 5.
Irish Presence - last raced in graded stakes company in April, 2013 where she finished sixth in the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes - she hasn't been a whole lot better since. Irish Presence is coming off her best stakes result - a third in the minor Santa Lucia Stakes - the only time she's placed in four starts in 2014. She has just two wins, three seconds and a third place finish in 18 career starts but looks like she's in over her head in this one. She leaves from post 7 with Fernando Hernandez Perez in the reins.
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