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Lucayan Back in California for Turf Cup

In Saturday's Hollywood Turf Cup, Lucayan will try to rebound from a subpar performance in the Grade I Canadian International over a yielding course Oct. 27 at Woodbine.

Trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale for Pandora Stud, Lucayan is seeking his first win in his seventh start in North America.

The French bred son of Turtle Bowl and the Grand Lodge mare La Vitava has hit the board in three graded events for Drysdale, including a second behind Obviously in the Grade II American Handicap May 25.

The well-traveled Temeraine will be making his initial appearance in California for owner-breeder Niall Racing and trainer Tom Proctor.

The 4-year-old Arch gelding and the Known Fact mare Lonely Fact has won five of 17 and banked $455,629. He was fifth in the Canadian International in his most recent start.

Woodbine is one of seven tracks where Temeraine has competed, following Tampa Bay Downs, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Kentucky Downs and Gulfstream Park.

Artic North returns to California after splitting the field in the Grade III Red Smith Handicap Nov. 16 at Aqueduct.

Trained by Peter Miller for Wachtel Stable and Leonard Friedman, the 4-year-old North Light gelding and the Royal Academy mare Ms Isadorable has won twice in five races and earned $80,935.

Winless in 14 starts in 2013, Huntsville will stretch to 12 furlongs for the first time since finishing last in the Grade II San Luis Rey March 16.

Owned by co-breeder Madeline Auerbach and trainer Barry Abrams, who won the 2010 Turf Cup with Unusual Suspect, the 4-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat and the Jade Hunter mare Lethal Hunter has won three of 35 and earned $281,271.

Segway will step into a graded race for the first time in his career for owner-breeders Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.

The 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding out of the Seattle Slew mare Slow Down steps up after winning an optional claimer by 1 ½ lengths Oct. 27 at Santa Anita.

Mandella is seeking his fourth win in the Turf Cup, having won previously with The Hague (1982), Lazy Lode (1999) and Boboman (2006).

Irish Surf is wheeling back in 13 days for Thor-Bred Stable and breeder Gaineway Farm after trailing in the Grade I Hollywood Derby.

Trained by Dan Hendricks, the 3-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway and the Seattle Slew mare Surfside has won twice in 13 starts and earned $121,860.

From inside out, the field for the 31st Hollywood Turf Cup: Artic North, Joe Talamo rides, 120 pounds; Irish Surf, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 116; Segway, Mike Smith, 120; Huntsville, Corey Nakatani, 120; Temeraine, Gary Stevens, 122 and Lucayan, Joel Rosario, 120.

 

 

 

 

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