Frankel Sending Megahertz after Turf Cup

(from Hollywood Park notes)
Megahertz, a 4-year-old filly, will seek to become the second female to win the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IT) in the 1 1/2-mile grass test on Saturday.

Trainer Bobby Frankel confirmed Sunday that the filly would be supplemented for $12,500 as one of three entrants for his stable.

Megahertz, an English-bred chestnut owned by Michael Bello, finished fifth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) in her last start Oct. 25 at Santa Anita. Winner of the John Mabee Handicap (gr. IT) on the Del Mar turf, she has won eight of 22 starts and earned $1,159,094.

"I would have run her in The Matriarch, but they changed the distance on me (shortening it one furlong to one mile)," explained Frankel. "I was going to run her in the Las Palmas (closing day of the Oak Tree meet), but they cancelled that. I was going to ship her to Kentucky for the Cardinal (Handicap at Churchill Downs) next week but they're having bad weather there."

Megahertz has never tried 12 furlongs before "but gets a mile and a quarter very easily," said Frankel. She has won two of her three starts at that distance. She has never raced against males in the United States but raced against colts four times as a 2-year-old in France.

The only female to win the Hollywood Turf Cup was Miss Alleged, a 4-year-old filly who wrapped up an Eclipse Award in 1991 for trainer Charlie Whittingham with a victory in a stakes-record time of 2:24 4/5.

Megahertz will get three pounds on the scale in the weight-for-age race and carry 123, while males 4 and up will tote 126. Alex Solis has the call.

Frankel has won the race twice with River Bay in 1997 and Super Quercus in 2001, both times with Solis. He also plans to enter males Staging Post and Epicentre, a Juddmonte Farms entry.

A lineup of at least eight is probable: Bowman Mill (David Flores), Epicentre (Corey Nakatani), Staging Post (Patrick Valenzuela), Labirinto (Brice Blanc), Like a Hero (Victor Espinoza), Runaway Dancer (Julie Krone), The Tin Man (Mike Smith) and Megahertz (Solis).

Trainer Michael Dickinson confirmed from Maryland that Bowman Mill would be flown from New York to California Monday with assistant Salvador Avila. The 5-year-old horse comes off a fourth-place finish in the Canadian International Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine on Oct. 19. "He's been doing terrific," said Dickinson. "The turf was soft at Woodbine and he prefers it firm."

Like a Hero worked seven furlongs on the turf here Sunday in 1:33 4/5 under exercise rider Carlos Santos. "It was a nice long easy work," said trainer Beau Greely of the Columbine Stable colt. "He should love a mile and a half on the turf. He's by Pleasant Colony out of a Silver Hawk mare. He's won on the turf and he ran a mile and a half in the Belmont Stakes."

Greely won the race last year for Columbine with Sligo Bay, who was recently retired and sold to Frank Stronach to stand stud at his Adena Springs Farm in Kentucky.

At Santa Anita, trainer Dan Hendricks worked Carleton F. Burke Handicap winner Runaway Dancer five furlongs in 1:02 2/5. On Saturday, Burke runner-up Labirinto worked four furlongs here in 48 4/5 for recently licensed trainer Leonard Powell, who will send out his first starter in the grade I race. Also on Saturday, Epicentre worked six furlongs in 1:14 1/5 for Frankel.