Photo: Hollywood Park
The 74th running of the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup and
the $350,000 American Oaks headline a stakes schedule worth more than $6.8
million for the 2013 Spring/Summer meet at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The 75th anniversary season begins Thursday, April 25
and continues through Sunday, July 14.
A Grade I at 1 ¼ miles over Cushion Track, the Gold Cup, which was
won a year ago by Game On Dude, will be run Saturday, July 6, and is part of a
stakes doubleheader. The card will also feature the $150,000 Royal Heroine
Mile, a Grade II for older fillies and mares on turf.
The American Oaks, which featured a rail-skimming victory by
favored Lady of Shamrock in 2012, will be contested Saturday, July 13 and is
the last of six Grade I’s during the meet.
An invitational for 3-year-old fillies at 1 ¼ miles on turf, the
American Oaks anchors a program that also includes the $200,000 A Gleam
Handicap for older females at seven furlongs, the $150,000 Landaluce Stakes for
2-year-old fillies at six furlongs and the $150,000 Hollywood Juvenile
Championship for 2-year-olds at six furlongs.
“Once again, the Hollywood Gold Cup and the American Oaks are the
highlights of the season,’’ said Martin Panza, Betfair Hollywood Park’s racing
secretary and vice president-racing. “The meet should get off to a good start
with the well-received Golden State series continuing on California Gold Rush
Day (April 27).’’
A Grade I on turf, the $300,000 Shoemaker Mile, will be run
Saturday, June 29, along with the $250,000 Triple Bend Handicap, a Grade I at
For the second consecutive year, the Grade II Swaps Stakes will be
offered on the 4th of July. Offering a purse of $150,000, the Swaps,
which is for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, is the main attraction of a holiday
card that kicks off the second to last week of the 49-day meet.
The Hollywood Gold Cup and American Oaks programs are among 10
multiple stakes days at the meeting. The first is Gold Rush XIV, the annual
showcase for California
Run at 1 1/8 miles, the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes and the
$250,000 Melair Stakes are the main Gold Rush events. The Snow Chief is for
3-year-olds while the Melair is for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles. The
other notable Gold Rush stakes are the $125,000 B. Thoughtful, which is
restricted to older fillies and mares, and the $125,000 Tiznow for older
horses. Both are run at 7 ½ furlongs.
In addition to the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby, Saturday, May
4 will feature the $150,000 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap and the $70,000-added Cool
Frenchy Stakes. The LeRoy, a Grade II at 1 1/16 miles, is the first prep for
the Gold Cup.
Along with the simulcast of the Belmont Stakes, the primary race
Saturday, June 8 is the $200,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap, a Grade
II at 1 ¼ miles on turf. There will be two other grass stakes for 3-year-old
fillies that afternoon – the $150,000 Honeymoon Handicap at 1 1/8 miles and the
$70,000-added Manhattan Beach
at six furlongs.
A Grade II at 1 1/8 miles, the $150,000 Californian, which was
taken by Game On Dude in 2012, will be run Saturday, June 1.
The Vanity, which was captured by longshot Love Theway Youare a
year ago, will be offered Saturday, June 15, the richest of three stakes that
A Grade I for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles, the Vanity
has a purse of $250,000.
The other stakes on the Vanity undercard are for 2-year-olds at 5
½ furlongs – the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor and the $100,000 Cinderella, which
is restricted to fillies.
The stakes schedule commences April 25 with the $70,000-added
Harry Henson Stakes. Named in honor of the legendary track announcer who worked
at Hollywood Park from 1958-1982, the Henson is for
3-year-olds at six furlongs on turf.