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Breeders Cup 2015

Turf Festival Horses Trickling in at BHP

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Horses have been filtering in all week for the three-day Hollywood Turf Festival, which gets under way Friday with the $65,000 Cool Air Stakes at 6 furlongs and the Grade II, $250,000 Citation Handicap at 1 1-16 miles. In the Citation, Mike Pender sends out the two morning line favorites—Jeranimo (5-2), the defending champion, and Ultimate Eagle (3-1), winner of the Grade I Hollywood Derby a year ago.

Frankel, Frankel, Laymon and Bradley Thoroughbreds’ Dayatthespa, arguably the marquee name in the Turf Festival, shipped into Betfair Hollywood Park Tuesday and will be entered Thanksgiving morning for Sunday’s Grade I, $250,000 Matriarch at one mile. The 3-year-old New York-bred daughter of City Zip has reeled off five consecutive victories for trainer Chad Brown, capped by the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Cup Oct. 13 at Keeneland. Her temporary home is in the Ron Ellis barn.

“She got in around 5:15 yesterday afternoon,” said George Abreu, Brown’s assistant trainer. “She shipped fine and everything looks good. We’ll jog her this morning (9:15 a.m.) and she will gallop Thursday and Friday.”

Juddmonte Farms’ Emulous arrived at Hollywood Park Wednesday, Nov. 14, left the quarantine barn Nov. 16 and is stabled in the isolation barn. The Dermot Weld trainee, winner of the Group I Coolmore Matron in Ireland in 2011, will be ridden by Patrick Smullen.

Weld also will saddle Moyglare Stud Farm’s Speaking of Which, a leading contender for the Grade 1, $250,000 Hollywood Derby. Runner-up in the recent Grade II Twilight Derby at Santa Anita, Speaking of Which caught the eye of morning line maker and clocker Russ Hudak in a half-mile drill Tuesday.

“Speaking of Which looked real good in the work,” said Hudak. “He broke slightly behind a (trainer) Carl O’Callaghan runner (Aerial Artist) and finished slightly ahead. He was under a big hold.” The work was timed in 49 1/5 seconds and termed “breezing.” The Derby will be run at 1 1-4 miles.

Yvonne Jacques’ Grandeur, who edged Speaking of Which in the Twilight Derby, stretched his legs with a five furlong work in 1:01 4/5 six days ago at Santa Anita. Garrett Gomez takes the helm on the Irish-bred son of Verglas.

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Grade I Travers Stakes Aug. 25 at Saratoga, has been busy since a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Derby Sept. 22 at Parx. The Speightstown colt worked a half mile breezing in:48 3/5 at Churchill Downs Nov. 3, followed by 58 4/5 (Nov. 10) and 1:01 works (Nov. 18) at Santa Anita. He will ship to Betfair Hollywood Park Sunday morning.

J. Al Thani’s Rjwa, third in the French Oaks in June, arrived here Nov. 17 and cleared quarantine two days later. The 3-year-old filly was supplemented to both the Matriarch and Derby, but trainer Francois Rohaut indicated she will run in the Derby. Thierry Jarnet has the call.

Graham Motion has a trio for the Turf Festival; Summer Soiree in the Matriarch and Lucky Chappy and General Logan in the Derby. General Logan arrived here Tuesday, while the other two were scheduled to arrive late Wednesday. All three will be housed in Gary Mandella’s barn.



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