Review of Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar on Friday, November 23

Hollywood Turf Cup, Grade II. For three-year-old and up at 1 1/2 miles on turf. Purse $200,000.

Race 6. Hollywood Turf Cup, Grade II

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Beach View Rafael Bejarano Leonard Powell 6/1
2 Bigger Picture Mike E. Smith Michael J. Maker 5/2
3 Can’thelpbelieving Joseph Talamo H. Graham Motion 8/1
4 Ashleyluvssugar Tyler Baze Peter Eurton 9/2
5 Marckie’s Water Mario Gutierrez Richard Baltas 12/1
6 Ya Gotta Wanna Flavien Prat Philip D’Amato 4/1
7 Chicago Style Drayden Van Dyke Thomas F. Proctor 3/1

The marathon turf specialists Bigger Picture and Ashleyluvssugar face each other for the first time in the Grade II Hollywood Turf Cup, a 1 1/2-mile race.

Bigger Picture, Ashleyluvssugar and longshot Can’thelpbelieving are the graded winners in the race. Krewe Chief scratched, leaving only seven runners including unlucky Ya Gotta Wanna, Beach View, Chicago Style, and Marckie’s Water.

Bigger Picture and Ashleyluvssugar, with 21 combined wins and $2.7 million in collective earnings, are meeting only by fate. Bigger Picture, based in the East and Midwest, entered a Grade II last Saturday at Aqueduct. Rain forced the turf race to dirt, so Bigger Picture was scratched.

Bigger Picture made his career debut in December 2013 and has won at six racetracks under various conditions. Recently competitive against good company, he is the 5-2 program favorite.

Ashleyluvssugar has been around longer – his debut was in August 2013. It took a year and a half for trainer Peter Eurton to unlock his potential. In the winter of 2015, he won a 1 1/8-mile allowance race. That winter at Santa Anita he scored his first two of five Grade II wins. He has not won since May 2017, Ashleyluvssugar finished second in his last race a Grade II. He should be front setting the pace which will allow him to have a comfortable trip setting and save energy for his kick down the stretch.

Bigger Picture was claimed away for $25,000 in summer 2014. His previous owners reclaimed him for $32,000 in fall 2015. He won the Grade I United Nations at Monmouth in 2017. He also has won three Grade III races.

Ya Gotta Wanna finished second in a Grade II-placed. He was blocked through the stretch last out, misfired on dirt two back, and had a nightmare trip three back. He has a solid chance of winning if he has a trouble free trip.

Chicago Style returned to the track after a 10 month layoff to finish fifth in the Lure Stakes going one mile on the turf. He finished second in the 2017 Hollywood Turf Cup. He should be near the leaders at the wire.

Our Top Three Horses:

  • Bigger Picture
  • Chicago Style
  • Ashleyluvssugar

 

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