11/05/2010 3:08PM

Bourbon Bay could earn trip to Asian stakes

Benoit & Associates
Bourbon Bay, Rafael Bejarano up, wins the San Juan Capistrano.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Bourbon Bay will be after his fourth graded stakes win of 2010 in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup next Saturday, and the Grade 1 race could lead to a more lucrative race in the Far East later this month or in December.

Trainer Neil Drysdale is considering starting Bourbon Bay in the Japan Cup on Nov. 28 or the Hong Kong Vase on Dec. 12, pending the results of the Hollywood Turf Cup.

“If he runs well, we’ll go to Hong Kong or Japan, but he has to run well,” Drysdale said.

Owned by David and Jill Heerensperger, Bourbon Bay was the dominant turf distance horse of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting earlier this year, winning three consecutive Grade 2 stakes – the San Luis Obispo, San Luis Rey, and San Juan Capistrano handicaps.

After being given a break in late spring and early summer, Bourbon Bay returned to finish a fast-closing third in the Grade 1 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Hollywood Park on Oct. 3. The race was run over 1 1/4 miles on turf and was arguably below Bourbon Bay’s best trip of 1 1/2 miles to 1 3/4 miles. Bourbon Bay finished a length behind Champ Pegasus, who was entered in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs.

“There really wasn’t much pace on,” Drysdale said of the Hirsch Turf Championship.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano has been the regular rider of Bourbon Bay in recent starts, and will have the mount in the Turf Cup, which is run over 1 1/2 miles. Drysdale will also start Marlang, who won the Grade 3 Sunset Handicap here in July and was fourth in the Hirsch Turf Championship.

“He’s on target,” Drysdale said.

Drysdale’s pair is expected to face Where’s the Remote, who was second in the Hirsch Turf Championship, as well as Buenos Dias, Temple City, Worth Repeating and possibly Unusual Suspect.

Garcia to ride in South African contest

Jockey Martin Garcia, the regular rider of the standout 3-year-old colt Lookin At Lucky and one of the top jockeys in Southern California, will ride in the two-day South African Jockeys Challenge next weekend, according to his agent, Jim Pegram.

Garcia will ride at Hollywood Park on Sunday, with four mounts on the nine-race program, including May Day Rose in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes.

In South Africa, Garcia will ride at Turffontein in Johannesburg on Friday, and at Kenilworth in Cape Town on Nov. 14. He will compete with riders from France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and Turkey.

Earlier this year, Garcia, a 26-year-old native of Mexico, was unable to travel to Dubai for the Dubai World Cup because of visa restrictions.

“That’s all changed,” Pegram said. “It’s a different visa.”

Pegram said that the South African Jockeys Challenge will keep Garcia away from California “for almost two weeks,” he said. “It’s kind of a working vacation.”

Industry leader won’t be rushed

Industry Leader, the highly-promising 2-year-old maiden winner on Oct. 31, is unlikely to make his stakes debut until the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting, trainer Kristin Mulhall said on Friday.

Mulhall said the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes over seven furlongs on Nov. 20 “is too quick back for him.

“I want him to run in an allowance race going long and get an easy race,” she said. “I’d like to find something in about 30 days. I would like to give him another 30 or 45 days and run him in a stakes.”

On Oct. 31, Industry Leader closed from fifth in a field of nine to win a maiden race over 6 1-2 furlongs by 2 1-4 lengths for Mulhall and Dimitri Racing Stable.

Velazquez banned three days

Jockey Jesus Velazquez has been suspended three days – Thursday through Saturday – for causing interference in the second race on Oct. 31.

Velazquez rode Cork Creek, who finished sixth. Valazquez, 19, was cited for an incident on the turn of the race over 5 1/2 furlong when the eventual fourth-place finisher, Warren’s Prancer, was forced to take up.

Velazquez, who rode previously in Puerto Rico, won his first race in the United States in May and has had seven winners in this country. As an apprentice, Velazquez claims five pounds.

Poslosky, owner, dies at 84

Ken Poslosky, who was part of the partnership that owned Silic, the winner of the 1999 Breeders’ Cup Mile, died on Oct. 29, according to a statement from Hollywood Park publicity. He was 84.

A native of St. Louis, Poslosky co-owned Silic with Terry Lanni and Bernie Schiappa. Silic was one of the top turf milers in the United States at that time, winning the Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park in 1999 and 2000.

Professionally, Poslosky was involved in banking. He is survived by his wife, Lucille and two children from a previous marriage. A private cremation is planned.