Bowman Mill Good Fit in Hollywood Turf Cup

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Trainer Michael Dickinson hopes for better luck with Bowman Mill in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) Saturday than he had with the horse's half-brother, Cetewayo, in last year's 1 1/2-mile turf test last year.

Cetewayo was forced to steady off heels in the first turn and faded to 10th in a field of 11 as the second choice.

"They both love their grazing," said Dickinson Wednesday from his temporary barn at Hollywood Park when asked to compare the pair. "But Bowman Mill runs closer to the pace. Cetewayo is a come-from-behinder."

Bowman Mill's style could enable him to enjoy a stalking trip behind The Tin Man, the probable favorite and pacesetter in the race.

"I know it's a tough race," said Dickinson. "The Tin Man will be a short-priced favorite."

A grade I stakes winner for trainer Richard Mandella, The Tin Man comes off a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).

Bowman Mill, a 5-year-old horse, is by Kris S. out of the Diesis mare Aletta Maria. Bowman Mill and Cetewayo are both owned and bred by Dr. John Chandler, manager of Juddmonte Farm in Kentucky. Bowman Mill is named after the road on which the farm is located.

"Bowman Mill was flown in from New York Monday and I arrived yesterday," said Dickinson before watching the horse drill on the turf course here under regular exercise rider Alan Gorman. Dickinson trains from Tapeta Farm, a lush Maryland facility.

Bowman Mill has recorded four firsts and three seconds in 10 starts and earned $405,042. He finished a close fourth in the Canadian International Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine in his last start Oct. 19, following a victory in the Sky Classic Handicap (Can-II) over the same course Sept. 28.

"He should like the firmer turf here," said Dickinson.

Dickinson, who won the Breeders' Cup Mile twice with Da Hoss, captured the Frank De Francis Dash (gr. I) with a Huevo Saturday at Laurel. He seeks a big transcontinental turf double with half-brothers Saturday. Cetewayo – a 9-year-old millionaire – will run in the Red Smith Handicap (gr. IIT) at Aqueduct.

A field of seven is probable for the Hollywood Turf Cup: Bowman Mill (David Flores), Epicentre (Corey Nakatani), Labirinto (Brice Blanc), Runaway Dancer (Julie Krone), Staging Post (Patrick Valenzuela), The Tin Man (Mike Smith) and Megahertz (Alex Solis).

Megahertz, who will be supplemented to the lineup, seeks to join Miss Alleged in 1991 as the second female to win the race in its 23-year history. The 4-year-old filly will carry 123 pounds, three less than her male rivals in the weight-for-age test.