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Move Over 'Diver, Make Room for Lava Man

Move Over 'Diver, Make Room for Lava Man

Favored Lava Man joined the legendary Native Diver as the only horse to win the prestigious Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in three consecutive years when he prevailed by a nose over the gritty A. P. Xcellent in a heart-pounding stretch duel Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Pletcher Taking Aim at Rich Hollywood Stakes

Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher, the national earnings leader with more than $12 million in purses, seeks to pad those figures with an invasion of Hollywood Park for the three richest races of the meet the next two weekends.

Lava Man Takes Dead Aim at Native Diver's Record

Lava Man, despite six grade I victories on dirt and grass and earnings of over $4.7 million, has had his knockers, because of his inability to win, or even run well, outside of California. But, on Saturday, he will be home and attempting to make history by equaling Native Diver's record three Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) wins.

Lava Man Gets 124 in Quest for Third Gold Cup

Lava Man, who can match legendary Native Diver with a third consecutive victory in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (gr. I) June 30, has been assigned high weight of 124 pounds for the 1 1/4-mile classic.

NTRA Summer Racing Series Begins June 30

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"NTRA Summer Racing - "Powered by Dodge," seven shows featuring 16 races, will air on the ESPN networks beginning June 30, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 13.

"Road" Shows on ESPN Grab More Viewers

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Wednesday that television viewership for the first four shows of its "Road to the Breeders' Cup World Championships -- Powered by Dodge" was up 45% over last year's numbers.

Lava Man Noses Way Into History Books

Lava Man, a former claiming horse, became the first runner since Native Diver in 1967 to win back-to-back editions of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) when he won a heart-pounding finish by a nose Saturday over the longest shot in the field, Ace Blue.

Foster Upsetter Seeks California Gold Next

Seek Gold, 91-1 upset winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) in his last start, arrived at Hollywood Park from Louisville on Wednesday afternoon with a new giant to slay – Lava Man in Saturday's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I).

Conditions Ideal for Gold Cup Eruption

Dynamic California-bred Lava Man, on a four-race winning streak, was assigned 124 pounds for Saturday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). But after everything the 5-year-old gelding has accomplished this year, that probably wasn't enough -- just four rivals are signed on to challenge him.

Foster Winner Seek Gold Leaning to Gold Cup

Seek Gold, upset winner of the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 17, turned in a sparkling five furlong work on Sunday at Churchill Downs in preparation for an expected start in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) July 8. Likely favorite Lava Man was assigned 124 pounds for the 1 1/4-mile event.

Dixie Meister Marches to Californian Victory

Dixie Meister, who had never won a race outside of Texas, established himself as a contender for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) with a one-length victory over Super Frolic in the $250,000 Californian (gr. II) on Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Limehouse Tops Contentious Gold Cup Field

Dogwood Stable's Limehouse, recent winner of Belmont Park's Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II), is the likely favorite as he attempts to become the first Eastern-based horse since Skip Away in 1998 to capture Hollywood Park's signature event, the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), on Saturday.

Gold Cup Possible for Pollard's Vision, Offlee Wild

Pollard's Vision and Offlee Wild, a pair of graded stakes winners based in New York, are under strong consideration for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Handicap (gr. I) July 9, Hollywood Park stakes coordinator Dan Eidson said Sunday.

Hollywood Ending?

By Ray Paulick - The good old days? They weren't that long ago for horse racing fans in Southern California.

Hollywood Gold Cup Returns to Handicap

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The Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), one of the nation's premier races since Seabiscuit won the inaugural running in 1938, will be returned to its handicap status for the 66th running on July 9.

Impact's Gold Cup Win Buoys De Seroux

"It's really wonderful when you make a tactical plan and it works out like a dream," said trainer Laura de Seroux Sunday, still on cloud nine at her San Luis Rey Downs base after winning the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup Saturday with Total Impact.

Total Impact Hits Hard in Gold Cup Victory

The Chilean-bred Total Impact rewarded the constant faith in him displayed by trainer Laura de Seroux, ending a seven-race losing streak with an upset victory in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) at Hollywood Park Saturday.

Pincay to Make Presentation on Gold Cup Day

Laffit Pincay Jr. will visit Hollywood Park to make the presentation of the inaugural Laffit Pincay Jr. Award, which will be presented annually on Hollywood Gold Cup Day to a person who has served the sport with integrity, extraordinary dedication, determination and distinction.

Hollywood Gold Cup Goes Prime Time

The $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I), from Hollywood Park will highlight Saturday's "Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships Powered by Dodge" on ESPN2, airing between 8-9 p.m. Also on tap is same day coverage of the $300,000 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) and a recap of the six-race Summit of Speed from Calder Race Course in Miami.

Funny Cide, 'Score Top Hollywood Gold Cup Noms

Funny Cide, winner of the 2003 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I), and Even The Score, winner of the 2004 Meryvn LeRoy Handicap and Californian (both gr. II), head a list of 12 nominations to the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) on July 10.

TV Schedule Set for Road to WTC

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"Road to the World Thoroughbred Championships Powered by Dodge," a four-month, 17-program series, returns on the ESPN networks beginning July 4 with taped coverage of last Sunday's Budweiser Irish Derby from The Curragh in Ireland.

Hollywood Gold Cup Next for Southern Image

Trainer Mike Machowsky said Friday that Southern Image will probably make his next start in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) on July 10 at Hollywood Park following the 4-year-old colt's runner-up finish in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

Foster Winner Perfect Drift Returns for Breeze

Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, an upset winner over Mineshaft in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), turned in his first work since that race with an easy five-furlong breeze on Saturday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville Training Center.

Defending Champ Sky Jack Out of Gold Cup

Sky Jack, who finished sixth in a tough allowance race on the grass at Hollywood Park Friday night in his first start since undergoing a third knee surgery in September, will not defend honors in the Hollywood Gold Cup July 13, according to trainer Doug O'Neill.

Hollywood Park to Honor Retired Hall of Famer Pincay

Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay Jr., who surpassed Bill Shoemaker as racing's all-time win leader with victory No. 8,834 aboard Irish Nip here on Dec. 10, 1999, will be honored by Hollywood Park on Sunday, July 13 -- Hollywood Gold Cup Day.

Mandella Charges Work at Santa Anita

Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) contenders Kudos, Pleasantly Perfect and Olmodavor are pointed toward important early stakes races by trainer Richard Mandella. Argentine-bred mare Palmarola prepares for the Humana Distaff (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

Roland Sahm, Owner of Super Diamond, Dies

Roland Richard Sahm, who along with his wife, Ramona, campaigned Thoroughbreds throughout the late 1980s, including 1986 Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner Super Diamond, died on Jan. 25 at age 85 at his home in Rancho Santa Fe.

Sky Jack, Pincay Win Gold Cup Thriller Over Momentum

Sky Jack joined some elite company on Sunday when the 6-year-old gelding by Jaklin Klugman became the fifth California-bred to win the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I). Sky Jack won the 1 1/4-mile fixture under 55-year-old Laffit Pincay Jr. after a stretch-long duel with Momentum, finally prevailing by a nose.

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