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Hollywood Park will begin its 30th
Autumn Meet Thursday, Nov. 4 with a special night program. Post time is 7:05
the eight race card, Steel Pulse will perform. The concert, which will begin
around 10:30 p.m., will take place at the North Park Lawn.
for 31 days through Dec. 19, the meet is highlighted by five Grade I events and
the popular Autumn Turf Festival (Nov. 26-28).
of the Grade I events are on grass, including the return – after a one-year
hiatus – of the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup. Contested at 1 ½ miles, the Turf
Cup will be run Nov. 13. The remaining pair are part of the Turf Festival – the
$250,000 Matriarch Nov. 26 and the $250,000 Hollywood Derby Nov. 28.
are spotlighted in the other Grade I’s – the $250,000 guaranteed Hollywood
Starlet and the $750,000 CashCall Futurity.
a year ago by eventual Kentucky Oaks heroine Blind Luck, the Starlet is
scheduled for Dec. 11.
Futurity, which was captured in 2009 by Lookin At Lucky, who is currently considered
the nation’s top 3-year-old, will be run Dec. 18.
will be conducted four days a week (Thursday-Sunday) through November and
expand to five days (Wednesday-Sunday) in December.
time will be 12:30 p.m. daily with some exceptions. Racing will begin at 11
a.m. Thanksgiving (Nov. 25), 12:15 pm Nov. 5, which is the first day of the
Breeders’ Cup from Churchill Downs and 11:15 a.m. Nov. 6, the conclusion of the
Breeders’ Cup, topped by Zenyatta’s quest to finish her career undefeated in 20
starts and win a second Breeders’ Cup Classic.
first stakes race of the season is the $55,000 Riot in Paris. The one mile turf race will be run
Friday and attracted a field of six.
most accomplished member of the field – in terms of grass earnings – is Blue
by Julio Canani for Prestonwood Farms, the 5-year-old Testa Rosa gelding out of
the Pitskelly mare Eloisey has banked $289,036 in his career with $285,056 of
that figure coming on turf. He has won five of 24.
who returned after a layoff of more than 10 months to win a $50,000 claimer at
the Riot in Paris
distance Oct. 16, will be looking for his fourth victory in 10 starts. The
Najran gelding out of the Farma
Way mare Because I Can has banked $191,750. He is
owned by a partnership that includes Phil Belmonte and Henry Cohen and is
trained by Mike Mitchell. Muny won the 2008 Oak Tree Derby when in the barn of
field also includes Averoo, a 6-year-old English bred gelding making his U.S. debut for
owner Hronis Racing LLC and trainer John Sadler, Classical Slew, Red Door Drive and
Trumpet Player Jay.
by Arnold Zetcher and trained by Bob Baffert, Red Door Drive, a 5-year-old Sky Mesa
horse out of the Sandpit mare Sheza Nasty Lady, has won four of 23 and earned $163,315.
Only one of his wins, however, has come on turf.
inside out, the field for the Riot in Paris: Classical Slew, Alonso Quinonez
rides, 114 pounds; Red Door Drive, Martin Pedroza, 119; Muny, Joe Talamo, 117;
Blue Chagall, Corey Nakatani, 119; Averoo, Brice Blanc, 117 and Trumpet Player
Jay, Antonio Castanon, 117.