Halo Dolly 8-5 Favorite In Miss America

Halo Dolly 8-5 Favorite In Miss America

     Halo Dolly, winner of the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Del Mar, heads a four-filly contingent for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the $50,000-added Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Halo Dolly, the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the Miss America, will be joined by stablemates Cathy’s Crunches (12-1), Going for a Spin (12-1) and Sweet Nothings (20-1) in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

     Halo Dolly is the class of the 10-horse field in the Miss America, the featured seventh race on a 10-race program.  First post is 12:45 p.m. and post time for the Miss America is 3:57 p.m.

     Halo Dolly has earned $627,396, a figure that towers over the bankrolls of her rivals.  Six of Halo Dolly’s 13 career victories have come in stakes events and she’ll seek her fifth stakes win of 2012 Saturday.

     Halo Dolly’s most important victory came in the Yellow Ribbon on Sept. 3 when she rallied from sixth in a field of eight to win the 1 1/16-mile turf contest by 1 1/4 lengths over stablemate City to City.

     Jockey Russell Baze, who guided Halo Dolly to a front-running victory in the Alameda County Fillies and Mares Stakes at Pleasanton on June 12, will be back aboard the California-bred filly in the Miss America.

     The field for the Miss America, in post position order with riders, weights and morning-line odds, is as follows: Blendara, Julien Couton, 118, 12-1; So Belle, Dennis Carr, 118, 4-1; Koby Jo, Alejandro Gomez, 115, 8-1; Sweet Nothings, Eric Camacho, 115, 20-1; Halo Dolly, Baze, 123, 8-5; Sweetly Peppered, Abel Cedillo, 118, 15-1; Triveni, William Antongeorgi III, 118, 30-1; Cathy’s Crunches, Inoel Beato, 123, 12-1; Imperialistic Diva, Brice Blanc, 118, 7-2; and Going for a Spin, Frank Alvarado, 120,
12-1.
 
     Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.