Lion Heart Tests Stakes Rivals in Hollywood Prevue

(from Hollywood Park report)
Lion Heart, the $1.4-million sales topper at February's Fasig-Tipton auction, will attempt to parlay an impressive debut victory into a graded stakes triumph on Saturday when heading a field of seven in Hollywood Park's $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds.

With Mike Smith aboard for trainer Patrick Biancone, the chestnut Kentucky-bred son of Tale of the Cat is expected to be favored in the seven-furlong juvenile test leading to the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) on Dec. 20. Lion Heart won his first start by a length at Santa Anita on Oct. 24 while running six furlongs in 1:09 1/5.

Owned by Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor – the latter owned 1995 Kentucky Derby winner Thunder Gulch – Lion Heart has continued to train well since his maiden victory, according to Biancone.

"He's going to learn a little more; that's what they have to do at this age," the trainer said of his promising colt.

Bob Baffert, who has trained three of the past seven Prevue winners, will send out a pair for owner James McIngvale. Consecrate, who will be ridden by David Flores, finished fifth in last month's Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Stablemate Cooperation, to be handled by Alex Solis, has been winless in three stakes tries since breaking his maiden by seven length at Del Mar in August.

$100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III), 2-year-olds, 7 furlongs
PP. Jockey, Weight
1. (a) Consecrate, David Flores, 113
2. Cosmic Glitter, Martin Pedroza, 113
3. Longgonetrevorsean, Patrick Valenzuela, 113
4. Voladero, Victor Espinoza, 113
5. Lion Heart, Smith, 113
6. Skipaslew, Tyler Baze, 117
7. (a) Cooperation, Alex Solis, 113
(a) James McIngvale-owned entry