In an agreement with Lingfield Park Racecourse in Surrey, England, Hollywood Park will issue an invitation to the winner of the 2007 Winter Derby (Eng-III) to participate in the 68th running of the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) on June 30.
Like Hollywood Park, the races at Arena Leisure-owned Lingfield Park are run on an all-weather surface.
“We are pleased to be associated with Arena Leisure,” said Martin Panza, vice president of racing at Hollywood Park. “With more and more tracks going to synthetic surfaces, it seemed advantageous for both tracks to link these races. The Winter Derby is the premier Polytrack race in Great Britain and the Hollywood Gold Cup ranks among the nation's best older horse races.”
Hollywood Park introduced Cushion Track with great success at the 2006 Autumn Meet. The Gold Cup, inaugurated when Seabiscuit won the first running in 1938, will be run on a synthetic surface for the first time in 2007. The races at Lingfield are contested on Polytrack.
The winner of the Winter Derby, which is scheduled for March 24, will be nominated and eligible to start in the Gold Cup at no cost. Hollywood Park will provide travel subsidies for each leg of the trip overseas.