2020 Gamely Stakes at Santa Anita Park

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Santa Anita Park Press Release | OTB Writer
Updated: May 23, 2020

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

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.

2020 Gamely Stakes Odds & Entries

Race 11 at Santa Anita on Monday, May 25 - Post 8:39 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Etoile (FR) 5-2 Joel Rosario
122 Lbs
Chad Brown
2 Ollie's Candy 4-1 Drayden Van Dyke
124 Lbs
John Sadler
3 Lady Prancealot (IRE) 6-1 John Velazquez
126 Lbs
Richard Baltas
4 Giza Goddess 20-1 Victor Espinoza
122 Lbs
John Shirreffs
5 Mucho Unusual 8-1 Umberto Rispoli
124 Lbs
Tim Yakteen
6 Simply Breathless (GB) 8-1 Jorge Velez
122 Lbs
Neil Drysdale
7 Beautiful Lover 5-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
122 Lbs
Chad Brown
8 Tiny Tina 15-1 Mike Smith
122 Lbs
Philip D'Amato
9 Siberian Iris (IRE) 15-1 Jose Valdivia, Jr.
122 Lbs
Richard Mandella
10 Bodhicitta (GB) 12-1 Flavien Prat
122 Lbs
Richard Baltas
11 Keeper Ofthe Stars 8-1 Abel Cedillo
124 Lbs
Jonathan Wong


In 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.

Owner: Paul & Karen Eggert | Trainer: John Sadler


A 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.

Owner: Paul Pompa, Jr. & Gary Tolchin | Trainer: Chad Brown


Dismissed 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.

Owner: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC | Trainer: Jonathan Wong

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