Startac, Others Work Toward Hollywood Derby
Updated: Monday, November 19, 2001 12:01 PM
From Hollywood Park
Posted: Monday, November 19, 2001 12:01 PM
Six candidates for next Sunday's grade I, $500,000 Hollywood Derby, including Startac, worked on the Hollywood Park grass Sunday.
Startac, winner of the grade I Secretariat Stakes but a disappointment in his first start for trainer Laura DeSeroux in the Oak Tree Derby, drilled six furlongs in 1:15.80.
Western Pride, winner of the Calder Derby in his last start, worked six furlongs in 1:13.20 for trainer Jim Chapman.
Bowman Mill, shipped west Monday by trainer Michael Dickinson, worked an easy seven furlongs in 1:32.
Tiger Trap, runner-up in the Lawrence Realization Handicap for Team Valor and partners, drilled seven furlongs in 1:31.40.
Learing At Kathy, runner-up in the Cinema Handicap here in May, worked five furlongs in 1:00.80 for trainer Vladimir Cerin.
Aldebaran, winner of the Nassau County Handicap at Belmont in his last start, worked six furlongs in 1:16.20. The colt is one of four Derby candidates trained by Bobby Frankel, who also worked French import Denon seven furlongs on turf here Saturday in 1:30.80.
Denon, winner of the Group III Prix de Fontainebleau at Longchamp, will be coupled in the wagering with Aldebaran. The Niarchos family's Flaxman Holdings owns Aldebaran and is a partner in Denon with Ed Gann.
Sligo Bay, winner of the Cinema Handicap, worked five furlongs on the main track in 1:00.40 Saturday for trainer Beau Greely.
Kentucky-based trainer Elliott Walden, who won the Derby last year with Brahms, will ship Indygo Shiner west Tuesday.
A maximum 14-horse lineup is probable. Probable entrants include: Denon (McCarron), Adebaran (Jorge Chavez), Mizzen Mast (Kent Desormeaux), Blue Steller (Alex Solis), Indygo Shiner (Victor Espinoza), Tiger Trap (Gary Stevens), Startac (Mike Smith), Sligo Bay (Laffit Pincay, Jr.), Bowman Mill (Eddie Delahoussaye), Western Pride, Strategic Partner, Learing At Kathy, Sea To See, Homeland, Momentum, Irish Warrior, Stormin' Heaven and Reduit.
If more than 14 are entered, the racing office would determine entrants based on a formula of quality of racing and money earned.
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