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Halo Dolly Favored To Defend Title In Miss America
Defending champion Halo Dolly is a 9-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the $50,000-added Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
The Miss America is a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Halo Dolly won the 2012 running by 1 3/4 lengths under jockey Russell Baze, who will be back aboard the
5-year-old mare Saturday.
The 2013 Miss America attracted a field of eight and all of the entrants are stakes-winners with the exception of Lady Aspen, who has finished second in a pair of stakes this year.
Halo Dolly is clearly the class of the field as she towers over her rivals in terms of money won ($870,736), stakes victories (nine), and total wins (16 from 33 career starts).
Halo Dolly is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who will also start Going for a Spin and Lady Aspen in the Miss America. Leslie Mawing will ride Going for a Spin and William Antongeorgi III will pilot Lady Aspen.
The Miss America field, in post position order with riders, weights and morning-line odds, is as follows: Going for a Spin, Mawing, 118, 20-1; Stormy Lucy, Isaias Enriquez, 118, 5-2; Halo Dolly, Baze, 123, 9-5; Lady Aspen, Antongeorgi, 118, 9-2; Luscious Lonna, Jesus Velazquez, 118, 5-1; Madame Pele, Dennis Carr, 117, 20-1; Catrageous, Juan Hernandez, 120; and Cielator, Ronald Richard, 118, 8-1.
Stormy Lucy, a 4-year-old filly trained by Frank Lucarelli, won the 2012 Golden Poppy Stakes in her only start on the Golden Gate Fields turf course. She tuned up for the Miss America with a third-place finish in tough allowance sprint on Sept. 7.
Lady Aspen finished a neck in front of Halo Dolly while running second in the Luther Burbank Handicap on the grass at Santa Rosa on July 28. Lady Aspen missed winning the Burbank by a head to Good Karma.
Luscious Lonna has been idle since posting a wire-to-wire victory in the 2013 Golden Poppy Stakes last April. Luscious Lonna won the Golden Poppy by 2 1/2 lengths over Lady Aspen, who took second by a half-length over Halo Dolly.
Post time for the Miss America, the sixth race on a nine-race program, is 3:25 p.m. First post is 12:45 p.m.