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Baffert enters Plum Pretty at Hollywood

6/22/2011

INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty has been entered for Saturday's $150,000 Hollywood Oaks at Hollywood Park, days after trainer Bob Baffert removed her from consideration for Saturday's $250,000 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park because of a brief illness.

Plum Pretty was found to have a temperature on Monday but it had subsided within 24 hours, Baffert said. As a result, she was not flown to New York, and remained with Baffert's stable in California.

Wednesday, Baffert indicated in a text message that he would enter Plum Pretty for the Hollywood Oaks, and then assess the situation to decide whether she would start. The Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks is run over 1 1/16 miles.

Owned by Peachtree Stable, Plum Pretty has won 3 of 5 starts and $761,200. Before her win in the Kentucky Oaks, Plum Pretty won the Sunland Park Oaks and was third in two stakes at Santa Anita - the Grade 2 Santa Ynez Stakes and Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes.
If she starts, Plum Pretty will be the second consecutive Kentucky Oaks winner to run in the Hollywood Oaks. Last year, Blind Luck finished second to Switch as a heavy favorite.

The expected field for the Hollywood Oaks includes Big Tiz, Love Theway Youare, Wallstreeter and Zazu. Trainer Richard Mandella said Rumor will pass the race, and may start in the $150,000 San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar on July 24.