2023 Hollywood Turf Cup: Planetario got the money

A smart move by jockey Hector Berrios made all the difference for Planetario, who split horses in mid-stretch on his way to victory in the headline G2 2023 Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar on Friday.

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Hollywood Turf Cup

G2 – purse $200,000 – 1m 4f – turf – 3yo+

Planetario out of this world

There was a thoroughly international result in the Hollywood Turf Cup at Del Mar on Friday, as the ex-Brazilian Planetario got the money in a frantic finish from the British import Francesco Clemente and the ex-Chilean Lukka.

The 5-1 fourth-choice sat back in the field on the first circuit with only the favourite Francesco Clemente behind him, and when they turned for home Planetario went through the pack while Francesco Clemente swung widest of all – and that made the difference at the wire.

Planetario split horses under Hector Berrios, moving past the front-running Balladeer at the eighth-pole and holding on tightly to his lead as Francesco Clemente rallied hard but in vain. He got home by a neck, with the longshot Lukka just a nose back in third.

2023 Hollywood Turf Cup Race Video

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“That was a great ride by Hector,” said trainer Richard Mandella, winning his second Graded-stakes at Del Mar this week. “He didn’t waste an inch of ground, he rode the horse with a lot of confidence.”

Planetario is two-for-seven since moving north last year, his other success coming in the marathon G3 San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita Park in June.

2023 Hollywood Turf Cup Race Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Planetario12.404.403.40
2. Francesco Clemente 3.202.60
3. Lukka  4.60

Winning time: 2m 28.02s

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