All Eyes on Belgravia in Hollywood Prevue
Updated: Saturday, November 18, 2006 1:12 PM
(from Hollywood Park release)
Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2006 8:42 PM
Belgravia, a $2 million juvenile purchase earlier this year by Michael Tabor, John Magnier and Zayat Stables, tries graded stakes company in just his second start, Saturday's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) at Hollywood Park.
The chestnut son of Mr. Greeley
, purchased in Florida at the Fasig-Tipton sale of 2-year-olds in training, will face seven other 2-year-olds in the seven-furlong event and earn a berth in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) on Dec. 16.
Belgravia broke his maiden Oct. 18 at Keeneland as he came from off the pace to score a 1 ¾-length victory on the Kentucky track's all-weather surface. Patrick Biancone, who sent out Lion Heart to win the Prevue and Hollywood Futurity during a perfect campaign in 2003, saddles Belgravia. Lion Heart went on to finish second behind Smarty Jones in the 2004 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
Biancone worked Belgravia five furlongs in :59 4/5 on Tuesday.
Dilemma, trained by Paddy Gallagher for Glen Hill Farm, aims for his third straight win under Alex Solis. The lone stakes winner in the field, he won the Sunny Slope at Oak Tree in his most recent start.
Notional, owned by J. Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O'Neill, is also bidding to remain perfect in two starts. The California-bred son of In Excess
was impressive while breaking his maiden at Oak Tree and has been training sharply over Hollywood Park's new Cushion Track.
Chief's Magic, also owned by Zayat Stables, is trained by Bob Baffert, who has saddled a record three Prevue winners, but none since he won his third consecutive with Premier Property in 1998. Chief's Magic was a 7 ¼-length victor in his career debut in September at Del Mar, then finished second in the Barretts Juvenile at Fairplex Park.
Jockey Victor Espinoza sticks with Prime Ruler for owner Charles Cono and trainer Christopher Paasch following a third-place finish in the Sunny Slope. The bay son of Orientate
has won two of four starts.
Mel Stute saddles a pair of Florida-bred colts – Hurry Up Austin and Pawnee. Hurry Up Austin is winless in four starts since breaking his maiden for a claiming tag of $62,500, but he led much of the way in the one-mile Real Quiet Stakes over the Hollywood surface Nov. 4 before tiring and finishing fourth. Pawnee broke his maiden in his seventh start while traveling the Prevue distance of seven furlongs.$100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III, Race 9, 4:35 p.m.), 2-Year-Olds, 7 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Dilemma (KY), 118, Alex O. Solis
2. Prime Ruler (KY), 116, Victor Espinoza
3. Hurry Up Austin (FL), 114, Jon K. Court
4. Pawnee (FL), 114, Isaias D. Enriquez
5. Marked Warrior (KY), 114. David R. Flores
6. Notional (CA), 114, Corey S. Nakatani
7. Belgravia (KY), 114, Julien R. Leparoux
8. Chief's Magic (KY), 114, Garrett K. Gomez
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