Even though he is void of stakes experience, Ruler's Court will be a heavy to win Hollywood Park's $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) Saturday, a six-furlong event for 2-year-olds.
The race was won by the last Triple Crown champion, Affirmed, in 1977.
Owned by the Darley Stud Management branch of Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum's international racing empire, Ruler's Court is part of a largely juvenile consignment trained in the United States by Eoin Harty, former top lieutenant to Bob Baffert.
Ruler's Court, a Kentucky-bred son of Doneraile Court, was purchased at a Florida sale in April. He sparkled in his racing debut at Hollywood Park on June 11, winning a five-furlong maiden special event by two lengths in :57 2/5.
"His winning time was the fastest of the meet," noted Harty, "and he's improved off that race and trained well."
He will face only four opponents in his stakes debut. David Flores is back aboard.
The opposition for Ruler's Court includes Perfect Moon, a fast closing second to Stalking Tiger in the June 21 Haggin Stakes. Trained by Mel Stute, Perfect Moon will have the services of leading rider Patrick Valenzuela.$100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III), 2-year-olds, 6 furlongs
PP. Horse Jockey
1. Blairs Roarin Star, Tyler Baze
2. Perfect Moon, Patrick Valenzuela
3. Tricky Flash Flood, Felipe Martinez
4. Dave The Dude, Victor Espinoza
5. Ruler's Court, David Flores
All starters carry 117 pounds.