Multiple graded stakes winner Bourbon Bay and dual grade I victor Miss Match worked seven furlongs on the Hollywood Park turf course the morning of Nov. 13 in preparation for the Nov. 19 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park.
Bourbon Bay was clocked in 1:29 under exercise rider Debra Biggs while Miss Match was timed in 1:29 2/5 under jockey Mike Smith to the satisfaction of trainer Neil Drysdale.
Bourbon Bay, 5-year-old gelding who has won five graded stakes, seeks to rebound from an eighth-place finish in the Sept. 18 Northern Dancer Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine.
“He didn’t care for the course,” said Drysdale of the disappointing effort in Canada.
Bourbon Bay seeks to follow in the footsteps of his sire, Sligo Bay , who won the race in 2002. The only father-son team to win the Turf Cup in its 28-year history are Bien Bien in 1992 and Bienamado in 2000.
Garrett Gomez, who won the Turf Cup aboard Boboman in 2006 and Sunriver in 2007, seeks his third win in the race in the past five runnings.
Miss Match, an Argentine-bred 6-year-old mare who won the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park in March, will be ridden for the first time by Smith in a battle against males. “She needs distance,” explained Drysdale of choosing this spot for the Argentine-bred mare.
Champion Miss Alleged is the only female to win the Turf Cup (1991), but others have been close. Megahertz finished second in 2004. Queen to Conquer (1981) and Zalataia (1983) were also second, and Trishyde (1992) was third. Treat Gently, the 2-1 second choice last year, finished fourth.
Ashtar, winner of the El Derby (Chi-I) in Chile last February, worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:12 3/5 on the main track for trainer Ruben Cardenas. Hector Berrios will ride the 4-year-old Chilean-bred colt, who finished fourth in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Santa Anita (gr. IIT) in his fourth United States start Oct. 2.
Sanagas, winner of the grade III Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland in his last start Oct. 20, is scheduled to be flown to Santa Anita Nov. 16 from trainer Graham Motion’s training center in Fair Hill, Md. The 5-year-old German-bred gelding by Lomitas has won six of nine starts and will have regular jockey Rajiv Maragh aboard.