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Trainer and co-owner Walther Solis, who scored his biggest victory here with Time to Get Even in the 2007 Lazaro S. Barrera Stakes, thinks it's time for another stakes victory with Charlie's Moment in the $100,000-added Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track Saturday.
Charlie's Moment, a gelded son of Indian Charlie, is the most accomplished candidate for the race with a stakes win in the Gateway to Glory at Fairplex Park and earnings of $108,450.
"This horse is on top of his game right now and worked great by himself yesterday," Solis said Sunday. "He worked five eighths with (Joel) Rosario, and the clockers got him in 1:13 and four for six on the gallop-out."
Charlie's Moment, a $17,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase, has recorded two firsts, two seconds and one third in six starts.
"He ran as a ridgling with an undescended testicle in his first two races before we gelded him," said Solis. "In his first race as a gelding, he broke his maiden at Del Mar, beating Street Hero (who later won the Norfolk Stakes).
"He got the worst of the bumping in the Best Pal Stakes," continued Solis of an elevation from fourth to third via disqualification. "Then he won the Gateway to Glory by 2 ¸ lengths. He just finished second by a nose (in the six-furlong Goodman Stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 18) but that race was too short for him, and (Rafael) Bejarano did a good job on keeping the winner (Backbackbackgone) close to my horse so Rosario couldn't use his left hand.
"Charlie's Moment has matured faster than Time to Get Even," said Solis, adding that Time to Get Even could start in an allowance race on the Saturday card.
A field of at least seven is probable for the Real Quiet: Charlie's Moment (Rosario), Chocolate Candy (Garrett Gomez), Danny Q (Martin Pedroza), Escalon (Rafael Bejarano), J.P. Jammer (Aaron Gryder), Mark S The Cooler (Michael Baze) and When We Met (Mike Smith).
Escalon, third-place finisher in the California Cup Juvenile, worked five furlongs in :59.40 here Sunday for the Doug O'Neill stable.
When We Met, who broke his maiden at third asking at Santa Anita Oct. 19, worked six furlongs at Santa Anita for the first time under Smith. "He worked well, in 1:12 and two, and Mike said he liked him," said trainer Mark Glatt. "He cut 12 and change quarters, and came home in 11 and change."
Ventana, another nominee, also worked at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert. "I wasn't happy with the work," said Baffert. "He went five furlongs in 58 and three, but went way too fast early. I'll make a decision (on whether to enter) Wednesday."
Motion Supplements Caprice For Hermosa Beach
Caprice, a 5-year-old mare based in Maryland, was supplemented for $1,300 by trainer H. Graham Motion for the $65,000-added Hermosa Beach Handicap for fillies and mares at 1¸ miles on turf next Sunday.
Motion was trying to make arrangements for a Wednesday flight for the German-bred mare. The well-traveled Caprice seeks her first victory in the United States in her fifth start on as many different courses. She comes off a third-place finish in the Dowager Stakes on the Keeneland turf October 19.
Caprice began her career in France, where she won the Prix du Republican Lorrain in 2007. Rafael Bejarano has the Hermosa Beach call.
Black Mamba was assigned high weight of 124 pounds but is not expected to start. Probable starters include: Caprice, Bejarano, 118; High Heel Sneakers, Victor Espinoza, 115; Brushed Gold, Garrett Gomez, 114; Rushen Heat, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 114; Le Cirque, David Flores, 112, and Restless Soul, Joel Rosario, 112.
Winchester Arrives For Hollywood Derby
Winchester, winner of the Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park and seventh-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita, was shipped to Hollywood Park this weekend to prepare for the $500,000 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 28.
Winchester, stabled in Barn 51 South, exercised on the track the past two mornings for the Dermot Weld stable. The Virginia-bred colt, owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone, began his career in Ireland with Weld, winning a maiden race at Leopardstown on April 20 and finishing seventh in the Irish Derby June 29.
Weld has enjoyed success at Hollywood Park before, winning the 2002 Matriarch with Dress to Thrill, the 2003 American Oaks with Dimitrova and the 2006 Jim Murray Memorial Handicap with Grey Swallow.
The Grade I Hollywood Derby at 1¹ miles on turf is also expected to attract eastern shippers Gio Ponti and Court Vision as well as Oak Tree Derby winner Muny and Del Mar Derby winner Madeo.
Chantal Sutherland Savors First Hollypark Win
Chantal Sutherland, a leading jockey in Canada who made a big hit last winter at Santa Anita, savored her first Hollywood Park victory Saturday aboard Mr. Rod in a six-furlong turf race for 2-year-old maidens.
"It was very exciting," said Sutherland on a muddy backstretch with agent Tommy Ball Sunday. "It was the first time I rode for Dan (trainer Dan Hendricks) and I was a little nervous. But the horse ran really well." Sutherland won 18 races at Santa Anita last winter after riding here briefly during the final week of the Autumn meet. She won 90 races at Woodbine to rank third in the standings at the Toronto track before returning to Southern California last month.
"If I have a good winter, I may stay here next year," said Sutherland, who grew up near Toronto. "Otherwise, I will go back to Woodbine."
Casino Drive To Return To Japan
Casino Drive, the previously unbeaten Japanese 3-year-old colt who finished last after setting the early pace in the Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita, will be flown back to Japan, said racing manager Nobutaka Tada here Sunday.
"He cantered on the track this morning and is feeling well," said Tada of the colt who trained here up to the Classic and returned the day after. "I'm making arrangements to ship next week.
"One option to consider for his next race is the Japan Cup Dirt," said Tada. "He will stay in training next year for sure and could return here."
FINISH LINES - Jockey agent Rolando Hevia said apprentice Sergio Figueroa, who joined the circuit last month, has left for Boston to be with his ailing mother and will ride at Suffolk Downs and remain in the East. Hevia has picked up the book of Eulices Gomez. Veteran journeyman Agapito Delgadillo, a former Hevia client, has hired Alex Procel Crowley to handle his book...Michael McCarthy, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher, said he was happy with a victory in a 2-year-old maiden turf race here Friday by Hype. McCarthy, who oversees a 15-horse division at Santa Anita, said Bittel Road, winner of three straight turf races before finishing unplaced in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, is the most likely stable representative Nov. 29 in the Generous Stakes, won last year by the Pletcher-trained The Leopard...Trainer Neil Drysdale said Liberian Freighter, winner of an allowance race on turf Saturday, would probably return in the War Chant Stakes Nov. 27. He also said veterans Artiste Royal and Obrigado, who worked seven furlongs in company Saturday, are being pointed for the Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 6...Apprentice Cheryl Charlton, scheduled to make her Hollywood Park debut today, is a 21-year-old native of Pomona with seven previous wins, six of them at Los Alamitos.