Red Carpet Stakes
Grade 3 – Purse $150,000 – 1 3/8 miles – Turf – 3-Year-Old and Up Fillies & Mares
Eight runners went to post for the 55th running of what is now known as the Red Carpet Stakes at Del Mar on Thursday. The Grade 3 event run over 1 mile and 3/8ths originated in 1968 and up until 2013 was known as The Beverly Hills Handicap when it was initially a Grade 1 event.
Bellstreet Bridie had her American debut and first start in a stakes in the $150,000 Red Carpet Stakes. This year’s renewal saw the eight runners line up with Sister Otoole a warm favorite on the boards at odds of 9/5 with eventual winner BELLSTREET BRIDIE being sent off the 4/1 second favorite under Flavien Prat. Bellstreet Bridie had her American debut and first start in a stakes
Out the gate, BellStreet Bridie broke well in the two path and she went to the short run to the far turn in line with Quatroelle on the outside and Lady Jae on the fence. Lady Jae went down the fence but had to take back out sharply as Quatroelle rushed up wide and caused the field to squeeze up.
As they entered the stretch the first time around, it was Dramatiser who was setting an even pace with Bellstreet Bridie stalking in a close second, while the chalk Sister Otoole settled in the rear with Scarabea and Queen OfThe Temple in mid-pack.
As the field went down the backstretch, the pace began to lift with the field closing on the pace-setting Dramatiser. It was here that Sister Otoole made her move sweeping wide around the top turn. However, Flavien Prat who had the ideal box seat in second also made his move, and it was a race-winning one. Into the stretch, he kicked and cleared away and drew off late for the victory.
Quatroelle and Queen OfThe Temple rallied to fill the place and show spots. WINNING TIME: 2 mins 15.67 secs
1. BELLSTREET BRIDIE $10.00 $5.20 $3.80
2. QUATROELLE $4.40 $3.40
3. QUEEN OFTHE TEMPLE $7.40
Red Carpet Stakes Race Video
Hollywood Turf Cup
Grade 2 – Purse $250,000 – 1 1/2 miles – Turf – 3-Year-Old and Up Fillies & Mare
Seven runners went to post for the 40th running of the Hollywood Turf Cup on Friday, a race that had started in 1981. The very first running of the event was a weight-for-age conditions race with an impressive purse of US500,000, twice as much as this year’s renewal. That was due to the fact that the race has been downgraded from a Grade 1 to a Grade 2.
The race is run at Del Mar even though the race name has not changed since the closure of Hollywood Park Racetrack in 2013.
In the race itself, there was no speed early on and the opening half-mile went in a pedestrian 51.79 secs. Once again we saw a jockey (Flavien Prat) at the top of his game, riding a brilliant tactical race on the eventual winner PRINCE ABAMA.
Go On who bobbled leaving the gate, rushed up early to take the lead and he was followed closely by Prince Abama. The well fancied The Grey Wizard was off slow from his inside gate but soon made up the ground due to the slow pace.
As they went to the first turn Cash Equity had to check sharply which did not help his cause, although he soon made up ground to sit in contention in the third spot followed closely by Dean Martini and Avenue with Dicey Mo Chara following these
They continued to dawdle down the stretch first time, and as they entered the clubhouse turn, Prat aboard the eventual winner, made his move and took the lead going into the backstretch. The pace quickened but Prat controlled the speed and had gained the ideal position.
As they come out of the backstretch, Prat shook free on the leader and he opened up by two lengths. Avenue went in pursuit and the slow starting The Grey Wizard made his move tipping into the two path before moving to the inside for the stretch drive.
He and Avenue closed on the winner all the way to the wire but Prince Abama held strong to win by a length. WINNING TIME: 2 mins 29.42 sec
1. PRINCE ABAMA $7.60 $4.00 $3.00
2. THE GREY WIZARD $5.60 $4.00
3. AVENUE $4.80
Hollywood Turf Cup Race Video
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