Bienamado won his first two starts of the year prior to the Million, winning the Jim Murray Memorial and Sunset (gr. IIT) Handicaps at Hollywood Park. The 4-year-old son of Bien Bien raced primarily in France and England as a sophomore. As a 2-year-old, he won the Prix de Conde (Fr-III) and finished second in both the Stakis Casinos Great Voltiguer Stakes (Eng-II) -- won by Fantastic Light -- and the Prix Niel (Fr-II), finishing a head behind Montjeu in the latter race.
John Toffan and Trudy McCaffery's Bienamado, unraced since a fourth-place finish in the Arlington Million Stakes (gr. IT) in August, returns to the races Saturday at Hollywood Park, where he will face eight rivals in the $400,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (gr. IT). Also entered in the 1 1/2-mile turf race is Lazy Lode, the winner of the last two renewals.