Enola Gray Tries To Remain Perfect In Beverly J. Lewis Stakes

Enola Gray, who has won her three races by a combined 26 ¼ lengths, will make her Los Alamitos debut Sunday in the $ 75,000 Beverly J. Lewis Stakes.

A six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, the Lewis was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, but was postponed due to insufficient entries.

Post time Sunday is 2 p.m. The Lewis is the eighth of nine races.

Owned by breeder Nick Alexander and trained by Phil D’Amato – fresh off a training title at the recently-concluded Del Mar meet – Enola Gray will be taking on open company for the first time in the Lewis.

After defeating eight other California breds by 16 ¼ lengths in her April 18 debut, the daughter of Grazen and the More Than Ready mare Unsung Heroine won a pair of state bred stakes.

Enola Gray stretched out to 1 1/16 miles in the Melair May 28 at Santa Anita, then rolled to a 7 ¾ length victory when cutting back to seven furlongs in the Fleet Treat July 22 at Del Mar. She has banked $ 229,100.

Scratched from the Torrey Pines Stakes Aug. 28 due to a minor illness, Enola Gray worked five furlongs in 59.20 Sept. 5 at Los Alamitos in a manner which suggests she is fully recovered.

Uptown Twirl is the only member of the Lewis cast with afternoon experience at Los Alamitos.

Owned by Hronis Racing LLc and trained by John Sadler, the Twirling Candy filly won the Surfside Stakes during the Spring meet, defeating Moment Is Right and three others April 24.

Out of the Cat Thief mare Sambuca Classic, Uptown Twirl hasn’t raced since winning the Pleasanton Oaks June 18 at Oak Tree/Pleasanton. She’s won half of her eight starts and earned $ 166,214.

Bendable has won two of three for breeder Claiborne Farm and Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella and earned $ 82,000.

A daughter of Horse Greeley and the Arch mare Bend, Bendable began her career with consecutive victories at Santa Anita before finishing second as the 3-2 favorite, defeated by 1 ½ lengths by Luminance July 27.

Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert for Don Alberto Stable, Jade Princess will be hoping to end a five race losing streak.

The Tapit filly out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Jade Queen hasn’t won since taking an optional claimer going one mile Jan. 8. The $ 775,000 yearling purchase has earned $ 114,200 while winning twice in nine starts.

Everqueen returns to dirt after a troubled trip on turf when third in an optional claimer in her first start for trainer Doug O’Neill Aug. 17 at Del Mar.

Owned by McShane Racing LLC, the daughter of Colonel John and the Strong Hope mare Text Queen is 2-for-6 with earnings of $ 72,310. Her two wins came on dirt earlier this year when trained by Ron Ellis.

From inside out, the field for the Beverly J. Lewis: Uptown Twirl, Santiago Gonzalez rides, 122 pounds; Bendable, Mike Smith, 120; Everqueen, Mario Gutierrez, 120; Enola Gray, Tyler Baze, 122 and Jade Princess, Stewart Elliott, 122.

The Sunday program also features the return of multiple stakes winner Toews On Ice.

Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman and trained by Baffert, the 3-year-old has been away since winning the William Walker Stakes over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs April 30.

Runner-up behind stablemate Mor Spirit in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity last Dec. 19 and decisive winner of the Barretts Juvenile here during the 2015 Fall season, Toews On Ice is 4-for-8 with earnings of $ 307,700.

A son of Archarcharch and the D’Wildcat mare Wild Forest Cat, Toews On Ice will have five rivals in the $ 50,000 optional claimer and will be ridden by Elliott. The six furlong race immediately precedes the Lewis.

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