Florida shipper High Level Jeff attempts to remain unbeaten against another undefeated colt, Premier Pegasus, in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park Nov. 20.
High Level Jeff arrived at trainer Doug O'Neill's barn about a week ago following a first-level allowance victory by a neck on a sloppy track at Calder Race Course Oct. 28.
“My brother (Dennis) and Paul Reddam learned about him and did their homework,” the trainer said.
Reddam bought a 75% interest in the colt, with previous trainer Steve Dwoskin retaining a 25% share. A Kentucky-bred by Vindication out of the Storm Cat mare Stormy Reply, High Level Jeff broke his maiden at first asking by eight lengths at 5 1/2 furlongs Oct. 10 before his allowance win at six furlongs.
The seven-furlong Cushion Track event figures to be a strong test for High Level Jeff, who breaks from post 4 with Joel Rosario aboard. A field of six is entered for the Prevue, which is the eighth race on the Hollywood program with a 4:05 p.m. PST post. The race serves as an important prep for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at 1 1/16 miles Dec. 18.
Premier Pegasus, game front-running winner of the Jack Goodman Stakes at Hollywood in his last outing Oct. 23 for owner, breeder, and trainer Myung Kwon Cho, is also unbeaten in two starts. He will again be ridden by Alonso Quinonez.
The son of Fusaichi Pegasus followed a debut win July 24 at Del Mar, a race in which the Kentucky bred was dismissed at 44-1, with a 1 3/4-length victory in the six-furlong Goodman.
Industry Leader faces winners for the first time following an impressive maiden debut on the final day of Hollywood's Oak Tree meet Oct. 31 for trainer Kristin Mulhall. The son of Cherokee Run and the Seeking the Gold mare Dynamite Miss came from off the pace with a four-wide move to win by 2 1/4 lengths as the 11-10 favorite. He’s owned by Dimitri Racing Stable and Twilight Racing. Rafael Bejarano retains the mount.
Bob Baffert, who leads all trainers with four Prevue wins, is represented by Awesome Patriot . An Awesome Again colt, Awesome Patriot was fifth in the Goodman after winning at first asking Oct. 9 for Lanni Family Trust. Awesome Patriot worked six furlongs in 1:12 4/5 Nov. 14.
Baffert, closing in on 2,000 career wins, collected his most recent Hollywood Prevue victory with Massive Drama in 2007. His other wins came in succession with In Excessive Bull (1996), Commitisize (1997), and Premier Property (1998).
Pam and Marty Wygod's homebred Contemplated is another debut winner in the Prevue field. Trained by John Sadler, the Bertrando gelding tallied by three-quarters of a length against California-bred maidens Aug. 11 at Del Mar in his only start to date.
Northern Indy, a son of A.P. Indy, returns to Southern California for trainer O.J. Jauregui after defeating maidens by five lengths at a mile Oct. 28 on the Tapeta racing surface at Golden Gate Fields. He was fourth on the turf versus maidens in his debut Oct. 11 during the Oak Tree at Hollywood meet.
$100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III, Race 8, 4:05 p.m.), 2-Year-Olds, 7 Furlongs (Synthetic)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Awesome Patriot (KY), V Espinoza, 116, B Baffert
2. Industry Leader (KY), R Bejarano, 116, K Mulhall
3. Contemplated (CA), D R Flores, 116, J W Sadler
4. High Level Jeff (KY), J Rosario, 118, D F O'Neill
5. Premier Pegasus (KY), A Quinonez, 118, M K Cho
6. Northern Indy (KY), M E Smith, 116, O J Jauregui