Longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars Takes Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes By A Half Length Over Heavily Favored Jolie Olimpica As Wong & Cedillo Team For Mile On Turf In 1:34.15 ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 22, 2020)–Heavily favored Jolie Olimpica tired late and longshot Keeper Ofthe Stars took full advantage, as she altered tactics today and rallied under Abel Cedillo to a half length victory in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Buena Vista Stakes at Santa Anita. Trained by Jonathan Wong, the 4-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute got a flat mile on turf in 1:34.15.As expected, Jolie Olimpica, fresh off an impressive win in the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf, shot straight to the lead into the first turn, with Keeper ofthe Stars settling into fourth, about a length and a half off the lead in a field of nine older fillies and mares.Second, a half length off the lead turning for home, Keeper ofthe Stars easily overhauled Jolie Olimpica en route to her second graded stakes win.“I thought if we could get her to relax off the pace today, she could make one run,” said Cedillo, who had ridden her in her last four starts. “I got her back going into the first turn and she relaxed really good. The distance was perfect and she finished really strong.”Most recently sixth, beaten three lengths after leading early in the Grade III Megahertz Stakes at one mile on turf here Jan. 20, Keeper ofthe Stars was off at 36-1 and paid $74.20, $14.80 and $6.00.Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLC, Keeper ofthe Stars, whose last win came in the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes four stars back on Oct. 26, picked up $120,000 for the win, increasing her earnings to $321,931 while improving her overall mark to 14-6-1-3.“When Tom and Debi (Stull) from Tommy Town Thoroughbreds gave her to me, it felt like the best horse we have ever had,” said Wong. “We thought she would come from off the pace. She is better when she has something to chase and when she on the outside and clear, because she has such a long stride (and) it takes her a while to get going.”As for Jolie Olimpica, a 4-year-old Brazilian-bred who had been so impressive in winning the Las Cienegas, she tried hard but had little to offer late, checking in second, a half length better than Mucho Unusual. Off at 3-5, Jolie Olimpica, who was ridden by Mike Smith, paid $3.00 and $2.20.“Going from a sprint to a route today, she just didn’t relax,” said Smith, who had ridden her in her U.S. debut. “She was pulling and when she does that, she’s not breathing the way she needs to.”Ridden by Joel Rosario, California-bred Mucho Unusual was the second betting choice at 4-1 and paid $3.00 to show while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Lady Prancealot.Fractions on the race were 23.23, 46.49, 1:10.24 and 1:22.30.
HONOLULU, HI – The Kahala Hotel & Resort rolls out the pink carpet this fall in support of breast cancer awareness. While there are other great causes focused on breast cancer awareness, treatment and research, The Kahala’s support with a portion of the proceeds from their Pink Spa Break room package, Wahine Pu’uwai spa treatment, and Think Pink tea treats and desserts will focus on the great work being done at the Kapi’olani Women’s Ambulatory Cancer Center, the state’s first comprehensive cancer center committed to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.Kahala Pink Spa Break Book three nights with this package, and receive one complimentary signature massage of your choice. Nightly rates start at $475. Valid for stays from now through December 20.Wahine Pu’uwai – The Heart of a Woman Inspired by the rare Pele’s Slipper orchid, the exclusive Wahine Pu’uwai treatment follows the flow of energy through the heart and utilizes the orchid’s flower essence, releasing emotional toxins and tension. The 90-minute treatment begins with a traditional hot stone and ti leaf foot wrap and massage to draw out toxins, followed by a wild lehua honey scrub. The treatment concludes with a full body lomi lomi massage, using the sweet fragrant Pele’s Slipper Orchid and Wild Azalea flower essence. Available throughout September and October; $280 per person plus tax and gratuity.Think Pink Tea Treats and Desserts Throughout October, The Veranda offers afternoon tea treats and sandwiches in pink, including a shrimp and cranberry chutney sandwich or a roasted beets and goat cheese sandwich. The Plumeria Beach House will feature a Strawberry Pavlova dessert, and Hoku’s will highlight a Raspberry Opera, an almond sponge cake layered with raspberry cream and chocolate served with milk chocolate sauce and raspberry sorbet.“The Kahala is honored to help raise awareness and funds for local breast cancer patients and the Kapi’olani Women’s Ambulatory Cancer Center, a remarkable women’s center that provides quality treatment and comfort to those who need it most,” said Thomas Pauly, general manager of The Kahala.– About The Kahala –With 338 guestrooms, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is an exclusive oceanfront destination resort known for its impeccable service and hospitality. Just minutes from Waikiki, yet offering the peace and serenity of a neighbor island experience, The Kahala has been Honolulu’s social address for weddings and gatherings since its opening in 1964. Captains of industry and celebrity guests continue to call The Kahala their home-away-from-home in Hawai’i.The Kahala has five restaurants including the award-winning Hoku’s, a spa, and a lagoon that is home to six Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The resort is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and Preferred Hotels & Resorts, and is long recognized internationally as an icon among legendary resorts. In 2009, The Kahala celebrated 45 years as one of Hawaii’s top resort destinations.For more information, please contact The Kahala Hotel & Resort at (808) 739-8888 or toll-free at (800) 367-2525; or visit their website at www.kahalaresort.com