Continental Red hopes to run back to his winning ways in Sunday's Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT) at Hollywood Park, but to do so he will have to defeat a pair of Bobby Frankel runners, never an easy task. The 12-furlong Sunset will be the final stakes at the Hollywood meet that closes Sunday.
Trained by Ian Jory, Continental Red won the San Luis Rey Handicap (gr. IIT) at the same distance across town at Santa Anita in March, then was fifth in the Charles Whittingham (gr. IT) in Inglewood a month ago. "They had a false pace in the Whittingham and turned it into a sprint, which definitely didn't help us," Jory said. "He has been training well since then." The Cal-bred gelding has been in the money in 21 of 41 starts for owner Sharon Fitzpatrick and has banked $565,853.
Frankel sends out Super Quercus, winner of the 1999 Hollywood Derby and the 2001 Hollywood Turf Cup, plus Lord Flasheart. Others expected to face the starter include Ringaskiddy, Slew The Red, Kim Loves Bucky, Adminniestrator, and shipper Grammarian.