2013 Hollywood Turf Club Stakes

Hollywood Turf Club Stakes

Temeraine (Pink Silks)It is now time for me to preview the Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Club Stakes to be run at 11/2 miles on the turf course. This race is for 3 year olds and upward with a purse of $250,000. This will be a challenge for me because I don’t like to handicap anything over 11/8 miles and because the west coast tracks are not my favorite tracks. But I will do my best. The morning line favorite in this race is Thomas Proctor’s Temeraine. His latest win came in a Grade 3 event at Kentucky Downs. He rallied from just off the pace there to get the win under Gary Stevens. Stevens will be aboard him again today. He got a good speed figure last out at Woodbine and may well be dangerous today. But you know how I feel about most favorites so let’s continue on.

LucayanNext in the ML is Neil Drysdale’s  Lucayan. I am a bit surprised at his odds considering he has never won a race in this country. The closest he came was when he finished 2nd in the Del Mar Handicap in August. He likes to run off the pace also and I am certain he won’t change his style today. I’m sure he will win in the US someday but I ain’t sure it will be today, but who knows? Next in the morning line is Richard Mandella’s Segway who has been running in $40,000 optional claiming races and has never run in a Graded stakes event. Come on folks, who makes up the morning line here?  I would give consideration to Artic North who ran in the Grade 3 Red Smith Handicap  or Huntsville who ran third a half-length behind Lucayan in the Del Mar Handicap. Go figure. So who gets my money here? I believe it will be Artic North first with Huntsville second and Temeraine third. Good luck Guys and Gals!




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