Grandeur chasing Hollywood riches
Preview: USA, Saturday 11.35pm GMT
Hollywood Park: Hollywood Turf Cup (Grade 2) 1m4f, turf, 3yo+
GRANDEUR (Paddy Gallagher/Garrett Gomez), runner-up in last month's Hollywood Derby for Jeremy Noseda, has a new trainer as he takes on a strong field of Californian older horses in the Hollywood Turf Cup on Saturday.
Only recently downgraded from Grade 1 status, the $250,000 event has attracted a field of ten, including the former British-trained Slim Shadey (Simon Callaghan/Victor Espinoza), winner of a pair of Grade 2s in the US but down the field last time in the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Grandeur, who has also won a Grade 2 event in the States this term, rallied late from the rear to just miss out in the Hollywood Derby. The son of Verglas, who is stepping up in trip, is bidding to become the first three-year-old since 1992 to win Hollywood's foremost grass race.
Last year's runner-up Bourbon Bay (Neil Drysdale/Mike Smith), seven times a graded-stakes victor, and former South American top-notcher Interaction (Ron McAnally/Joe Talamo) also take their chance.
Also on Saturday
Hollywood Park: CashCall Futurity (Grade 1) 1m1/2f, AW, 2yo (12.35am Sun GMT)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up He's Had Enough (Doug O'Neill/Mario Gutierrez) represents the Kentucky Derby-winning team in this $750,000 event.
He breaks from the rail against ten rivals including four trained by Bob Baffert, who is seeking his seventh victory in a race he has won for three of the last four years.
A visitor from the east took last week's Starlet, and Nashua Stakes winner Violence (Todd Pletcher/Javier Castellano) brings strong credentials.
Intriguingly, He's Had Enough, Violence, and Baffert's Title Contender race without Lasix.
>>Zenyatta's half-sister Eblouissante (John Shirreffs/Corey Nakatani) bids to build on the promise of a four-length debut win in an allowance race on Saturday's card.