TONS OF CLASS IN HOLLYWOOD GOLD CUP
A stellar cast of the top West Coast runners will run in Saturday’s $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (G1). Grade 1 star Twirling Candy was most impressive in bagging the Californian S. (G2) last time after enduring tons of trouble, and the Sadler charge is the one to beat in this fine field. Rosario will stay in the irons.
Recent Vanity S. (G1) queen Blind Luck is back in her best form cycle and looms a serious threat against the boys here on an oval she adores. The daughter of Pollard’s Vision seemingly has no distance limitations and would be a great story here. Setsuko, 2nd in the Santa Anita H. (G1), prepped for this with a third in the Californian and should move up here for Mandella. Awesome Gem is in very good current form and ran a useful second in the Cornhusker (G3) to prepare for this one for trainer Craig Dollase.
Big Cap (G1) upsetter Game on Dude and Alysheba S. (G3) star First Dude, give trainer Bob Baffert a solid one-two punch. Top turf performers Acclamation and Jeranimo could sneak up on these on this Cushion oval.
The $150,000 Swaps S. (G2) for sophomores will also be contested on Saturday, with Bob Baffert’s Coil the one to beat. The son of Point Given has rolled to three straight tallies, and the budding star should be close throughout. Lazaro Barrera (G2) second Runflatout, Baffert’s Grade 1 winner Jaycito and Uncle Sam, as well ass Affirmed H. (G3) third Spud Spivens, top the list of probables.