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Grandeur Powers Home in Hollywood Turf Cup

In Saturday's Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park, Grandeur powered home in the final quarter of a mile to defeat 29-1 shot Interaction and eight others, becoming the first 3-year-old to win since Bien Bien – who was moved up to first after the disqualification of Fraise – in 1992.

Trying 1 ½ miles for the first time after a troubled runner-up effort behind Unbridled Command in the Grade I Hollywood Derby Nov. 25, Grandeur laid relatively close to the moderate fractions, swung outside the run home and proved best for the second time in three races in the United States.

Owned by Yvonne Jacques and now in the barn of Paddy Gallagher, the gelded son of Verglas and the Desert Sun mare Misskinta completed the distance in 2:27.95 while winning by three-quarters of a length.

The victory was his sixth in 12 starts, pushing his earnings to $398,438. The gray has been worse than third only twice.

Favored for the second time in this country, Grandeur paid $5.20, $3.60 and $2.60.

“I really didn’t do much with him,’’ said Gallagher. “I didn’t have to. This was his third graded race in six weeks.

“I’m just thankful that the owner left him with me. She lives in Europe and I believe the plan was to take him back there, depending on what he did today and eventually run him in Dubai. I’d sure like to keep him, but he’s going back to (his former trainer) Jeremy Noseda.

The win was a meet-high fifth in a stakes and third in the Turf Cup for Gomez, who returned to action Saturday after missing the previous two days due to illness.

“I wasn’t happy with the horse I was following (Optimizer),’’ said Gomez, whose earlier Turf Cup victories came with Boboman (2006) and Sunriver (2007). “I wanted to find my way around him and then I thought about sliding my way through Slim Shadey, but decided I didn’t like that option.

“As we approached the final turn, I decided to take him outside of Optimizer and when I asked (Grandeur) he went on with it without a problem.’’

Seventh in the Grade II Citation Handicap Nov. 23, Interaction improved with additional distance, gaining second with a rail rally under jockey Joe Talamo. The Argentine bred returned $19.80 and $11.80.

Seeking to give Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas his first graded stakes win at Betfair Hollywood Park since Surfside captured the 1999 Hollywood Starlet, Optimizer, another 3-year-old and the 4-1 second choice, was third, 2 ¼ lengths behind Interaction.

The early leader under jockey Corey Nakatani, the English Channel colt deferred to Slim Shadey down the backside, then had some minor traffic issues in the stretch. The show price on Optimizer was $3.80.


 

 

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Older Comments about Grandeur Powers Home in Hollywood Turf Cup...

His connections are talking about Dubai as his next major target.
@BrianZipse, he's a very progressive 3yo for sure, and he had real solid in the UK before Yvonne Jacques ever sent him to America to race. He's run some quality races at Goodwood, Epsom, Windsor, Newbury, and Ascot. He was 3rd behind the tough filly Lay Time in the G3 Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor just prior to coming stateside, and on ground that didn't suite him at all. A driving rain at Windsor that day.
Hard to ignore what Grandeur has done in three starts in the U.S. and as a 3yo gelding, this may be one that sticks around for some time.

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