Making his Grade I debut, Sanagas was dominant in the $250,000
Hollywood Turf Cup Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Although the day’s most significant race had a formful
conclusion, there were enough upsets to trigger a Pick 6 carryover of $62,888
when racing resumes Sunday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. The Pick 6 will begin in
the fourth race. Scheduled post time is 2:02 p.m.
Giving jockey Rajiv Maragh his first local stakes victory, Sanagas,
a 5-year-old German bred, continued a mini-roll of Grade I success on this
coast for Eastern-based trainer Graham Motion.
The conditioner of 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal
Kingdom, Motion has won three significant events in Southern California in a
span of 12 months.
Before Sanagas’ win Saturday, Motion had taken the 2010
Matriarch last November at Hollywood Park with Gypsy’s Warning and the 2011 Del
Mar Oaks in August with Summer Soiree.
The 8-5 favorite against six opponents in the 29th
Turf Cup, Sanagas tracked the slow pace set by Miss Match for most of the way,
took command with a quick burst with about a half mile to run and went on to
win by 3 ¼ lengths.
Owned by Andreas Jacobs, the Lomitas gelding out of the
Marju mare Scota covered the 1 ½ miles in 2:27.53. He’s won seven of 10 and
The win was the second in a row and third in five United
States outings. His earlier wins in this country had come in the restricted
John’s Call Aug. 5 at Saratoga
and the Grade III Sycamore Oct. 20 at Keeneland.
A regular in New York, Maragh,
26, had come close in the past to Grade I bliss at Hollywood Park.
Maragh collaborated with Forever Together to be second
behind the ill-fated Tuscan Evening in the 2010 Gamely, then was runner-up to
the aforementioned Gypsy’s Warning in the Matriarch six months later when
aboard Wasted Tears.
A winner of four of five in his native country, Sanagas paid
$5.20, $3.20 and $2.60.
“It was pretty straightforward,’’ said Maragh. “My horse got
into a nice flow right away and was just pulling me around the race track.
“I was always in a good position without having to ask him.
He made my job very easy. (Ashtar) moved on my outside and that kind of
triggered him to go. It was a little earlier than I wanted initially, but he
really wanted to go and I didn’t want to dishearten him.
“He always runs big and we’ve always had high hopes for
Assistant trainer Alice Clapham indicated Sanagas will
return to Motion’s Fair Hill Training Center Nov. 27. “He moved a little early
today, but Rajiv said he dragged him to the lead,’’ said Clapham. “It worked
Looking for his first win in his sixth start over the
Hollywood Park grass, Bourbon Bay, the 2-1 second choice, rallied to gain
second, one length in front of 16-1 shot Falcon Rock.
A multiple graded stakes winner, Bourbon Bay, who was ridden
for the first time in more than three years by Garrett Gomez, returned $3.20
and $2.80. The show price on Falcon Rock, who was handled by David Flores, was
“He traveled well and he ran well,’’ said Gomez. “The winner
cut on the turn and I just couldn’t keep pace. He kept trying and kept digging.
“I got shuffled a little on the backstretch, but I liked
where I was. I was straight in behind the horses I thought I had to beat. I
just couldn’t quicken with the winner.’’
Completing the order of finish were Ashtar, Norvsky, the 5-2
third choice, Miss Match, the lone female in the field, and Goldwaki.