Fourteen late nominations – seven from national earnings leader Bobby Frankel – were received by the Hollywood Park racing office before the deadline for the $2.1-million Autumn Turf Festival Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.
The festival is comprised of six grass stakes: the $200,000 Miesque and $200,000 Hollywood Turf Express Handicap Nov. 29, the $200,000 Generous and $500,000 Citation Handicap Nov. 30, and the $500,000 Hollywood Derby and $500,000 Matriarch Dec. 1.
Late nomination payments were $15,000 each to the $500,000 stakes, and $10,000 each to the $200,000 stakes.
Frankel, the all-time leader with nine Festival victories, filed late nomination forms for the Edmund Gann-owned duo of Peace Rules and Bis Repetitas in the Generous for 2-year-olds; Gann's Chope Mockery in the Miesque for 2-year-old fillies; Juddmonte Farm's Decarchy in the Citation at 1 1/16 miles; 3 + U Stable's Inesperado and Blatz and Smith's Royal Gem in the Hollywood Derby for 3-year-olds; and Juddmonte Farms' Tates Creek in the Matriarch for fillies and mares.
Frankel will apparently send out eight horses in the Festival since he also conditions Juddmonte's Banks Hill, previously nominated to the Matriarch by Andre Fabre before the champion grass filly was transferred to Frankel in October.
Other late nominations are Ocean Drive, a 2-year-old filly unbeaten in three turf starts in the East for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Bonnie and Sy Baskin; and Tangle, a European import trained by Craig Dollase for J. Paul Reddam, both for the Miesque.
In the Citation, late nominations were received for Kimberlite Pipe, trained by Michael Wright Jr. for John Gunther; Capsized, trained by Lisa Lewis for Gold Spur Stable, Quartucci and Stonerside Stable; and Kachamandi, trained by Barry Abrams for Miraleste, Inc., Nakkashian and Roberts.
Kimberlite Pipe, a 6-year-old horse within $16,000 of the $1-million earnings mark, won the Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne in his last start on Nov. 2.
Capsized captured the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga in August.
In the Hollywood Derby, Randy Schulhofer made a late nomination from the East for Union Place, owned by William Sorokolit; and Music's Storm – winner of the Bien Bien Stakes here Nov. 6 – was supplemented by Eduardo Inda for Aaron and Marie Jones.
Union Place won the Calder Derby in his last start Oct.12.