Longshot Grammarian arrived from Kentucky on July 15 for his stakes debut in the $250,000 Sunset Handicap (gr. IIT), a 1 1/2-mile turf test on Hollywood Park's closing day program July 21.
Grammarian, a 4-year-old gelding, is stabled with trainer Beau Greely in Barn 50 South after being flown west by trainer Kellyn Gorder for Pacific Heritage Farm. Grammarian broke his maiden at first asking at Kentucky Downs last September over a mile on turf at 55-1. He returned this summer to race twice in allowance company on grass at Churchill Downs, finishing second on May 30 and fourth on July 7.
Brice Blanc, who will ride the horse in the Sunset, is scheduled to gallop him on the main track July 18. The horse's connections told the racing office a primary motivation in shipping him here was to earn points in a graded stake for the Melbourne Cup (Aust-I) in November.
A field of seven or eight is shaping up for the Sunset. Trainer Bobby Frankel indicated that he would definitely run Lord Flasheart but was not sure about Super Quercus, the 122-pound highweight who worked five furlongs on the main track in 1:02.40 July 17. Frankel is also considering the Sword Dancer Handicap (gr. IT) at Saratoga Aug. 10 for Super Quercus.
Considered definite are: Ringaskiddy, Eddie Delahoussaye, 117 pounds; Continental Red, no rider, 116; Lord Flasheart, Patrick Valenzuela, 115; Slew The Red, Victor Espinoza, 115; Kim Loves Bucky, Laffit Pincay, Jr., 114; Adminniestrator, Gary Stevens, 113, and Grammarian, Blanc, 110.
Ringaskiddy, winner of the San Juan Capistrano Handicap (gr. IT) grass marathon at Santa Anita, breezed a half mile in :48 at Santa Anita for trainer Juan Garcia July 17.