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Halo Dolly Seeks Millionaire Status In Golden Poppy
Halo Dolly will be out to become a millionaire Saturday when she competes in the $50,000-added Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Halo Dolly enters the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares with $994,316 in career earnings and can achieve millionaire status by merely running third, which is worth $6,000.
Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Halo Dolly will being aiming for the first-place check of $30,000 when she faces seven rivals, including defending Golden Poppy champion Luscious Lonna. Halo Dolly finished third in 2013 Golden Poppy, beaten three lengths by Luscious Lonna.
Halo Dolly is a 6-year-old mare who has been victorious in 18 of her 38 starts. Her record includes eight stakes wins, including a pair of graded stakes triumphs. A California-bred daughter of Popular, Halo Dolly is 4-for-7 on the Golden Gate Fields turf with two seconds and a third.
Halo Dolly will be making her fourth stakes start of the year. She finished third in the Paseana Stakes on Jan. 12, won the Dream of Summer Stakes on March 23, and finished third in the Fran’s Valentine Stakes on April 26. All of the races were at Santa Anita.
In her last visit to Golden Gate Fields – on Nov. 17 – Halo Dolly defeated Luscious Lonna by 1 1/4 lengths in a one-mile allowance race on the turf. Halo Dolly has finished ahead of Luscious Lonna in two of their three meetings.
Halo Dolly is owned by a partnership headed by Hollendorfer and will be ridden in the Golden Poppy by Russell Baze.
The Golden Poppy field features four stakes-winners – Halo Dolly, Luscious Lonna (trained by Nick Sloan), Full Ransom (James Cassidy) and Macaabra (Gary Mandella).
Full Ransom is a 3-year-old filly who captured the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes last year at Hollywood Park. Macaabra, a 4-year-filly bred in Ireland, won a pair of stakes in Great Britain last year.
The field for the Golden Poppy, in post position order, is as follows: Luscious Lonna, Juan Hernandez rides at 117 pounds; Spring Bloom, William Antongeorgi III, 117; Full Ransom, Mario Gutierrez, 116; Macaabra, Abel Cedillo, 117; Halo Dolly, Baze, 123; City at Dawn, Dennis Carr, 117; Koby Jo, Ricardo Gonzalez, 117; and Playful Humor, Frank Alvarado, 117.
The Golden Poppy is the seventh race on a nine-race card and will be run at approximately 3:45 p.m. First post is 12:45 p.m.