Runner-up as the favorite in the Hollywood Derby, Grandeur (Ire) will try to become the first 3-year-old since Bien Bien in 1992 to win the Hollywood Turf Cup Dec. 15 at Betfair Hollywood Park.
The Hollywood Turf Cup, which attracted a field of 10, precedes the $750,000 CashCall Futurity as part of a strong card on the penultimate day of the Hollywood Park autumn meet. The Turf Cup is the seventh race and is set for a 3:35 p.m. PST probable post.
Trained by Jeremy Noseda for owner Yvonne Jacques, Grandeur finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Unbridled Command in the Hollywood Derby Nov. 25 after rallying from dead last in the 14-horse field, some 15 lengths in arrears.
Grandeur, who races without Lasix, drew post 4 and gets jockey Garrett Gomez, who rode him for the first time in the Hollywood Derby.
The Irish bred son of Verglas won the Twilight Derby, formerly the Oak Tree Derby, in his United States debut Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. Group-placed in Great Britain, Grandeur has won five of 11 starts and earned $248,438. The gray gelding will be trying 12 furlongs for the first time Saturday.
Second behind Sanagas in the 2011 renewal of the Turf Cup, Bourbon Bay will try to provide Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale with his first victory in the prestigious race, which was reduced from Grade 1 status this year.
A gelded son of Sligo Bay, the 6-year-old has won nine of 27 and banked $968,536 for owner David Heerensperger. He's yet to win over the Hollywood Park grass course, but has been second or third in five of his six losses. Bourbon Bay, to be ridden by Mike Smith, has not raced since Sept. 30.
Drysdale and Heerensperger will also be represented by Fire With Fire, a 4-year-old gelded son of Distorted Humor. The gray has won twice in 16 starts and was third in the Del Mar Handicap this summer.
Runner-up to Acclamation in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap June 9 in his lone start over the local grass, Slim Shadey will try to rebound from a dull performance in last month's Breeders' Cup Turf when he was eighth. Slim Shadey won the John Hentry Turf Championship, formerly the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes, prior to the Breeders' Cup.
The 4-year-old Val Royal gelding is owned by Phil Cunningham and trained by Simon Callaghan.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas enters 3-year-old Optimizer, making his second start since finishing 11th in the BC Turf in which he prompted the pace before weakening. Bluegrass Hall's English Channel colt finished fifth in the River City Handicap Nov. 25 at Churchill Downs. Optimizer's only graded victory came in the Grade3 Kent Sept. 22 at Delaware Park.
Kindergarden Kid, who split the field in the Breeders' Cup Turf, will be making his second start for trainer Peter Miller. Owned by Colleen and Kevin Bamford and David Bernsen, the 5-year-old Dynaformer gelding out of the Dixieland Band mare Amelia is a half brother to CashCall Futurity contender He's Had Enough.
He won the Sycamore Oct. 18 at Keeneland at the Turf Cup's 12-furlong distance. Kindergarden Kid has been worse than third once in four attempts at the trip.
Second to Calidoscopio in the Breeders' Cup Marathon at 1 3/4 miles on the Santa Anita main track Nov. 2, Grassy returns to his preferred surface and shortens up for owners Button Stable, George Hicker, and former trainer Gary Jones.
Trained by Jones' son Marty, the 6-year-old gray son of El Prado has lost five in a row since taking the Bowling Green Handicap Sept. 10, 2011 at Belmont Park when in the barn of Christophe Clement.