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Tuscan Evening Wins US Gr1 Gamely Stakes
In the US, Irish-bred 5YO mare Tuscan Evening (Oasis Dream-The Faraway Tree, by Suave Dancer) notched her 5th successive graded stakes-win this season with a half-length victory in the US$250,000 Gr1 Gamely Stakes (9 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Hollywood Park in California. Favourite Tuscan Evening (ridden by Rafael Bejarano for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer) defeated 6YO mare & US 2008 Champion Turf Female Forever Together (Belong To Me-Constant Companion, by Relaunch) & front-running fellow 5YO mare Cat By The Tale (Tale Of The Cat-St Clair Ridge, by Indian Ridge). Tuscan Evening was a 4,500 guineas (A$8,000) yearling at the 2006 UK Tattersalls October Sale & subsequently a US$650,000 2YO at the 2009 Fasin-Tipton Kentucky November Sale. Overall Tuscan Evening now has 11 wins (also including April's Gr2 Santa Barbara Handicap over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita, March's Gr2 Santa Ana Handicap over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita, February's Gr2 Buena Vista Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita & January's Gr3 Monrovia Handicap over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2009's Gr2 Las Palmas Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr2 Royal Heroine Mile Stakes over 8 furlongs at Hollywood Park) & 9 placings (including 2009's Gr1 Matriarch Stakes over 8 furlongs at Hollywood Park, Gr3 Senator Ken Maddy Handicap over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr3 Las Cienegas Handicap over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2007's Irish Gr2 Debutante Stakes over 7 furlongs at The Curragh, Irish Gr3 Anglesey Stakes over 6 furlongs at The Curragh, Irish Listed Saoire Stakes over 6 furlongs at The Curragh & Irish Listed Isabel Morris Stakes over 5 furlongs at The Curragh) from 26 starts for US$1,059,408 earnings.