05/11/2012 12:17PM

Hollywood: Dynamic Host well spotted in Round Table

Shigeki Kikkawa
Dynamic Host, with David Flores riding, wins the Tokyo City Cup.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Dynamic Host could have easily started in the $150,000 San Juan Capistrano at Santa Anita on April 22. Dynamic Host would have more than likely been beaten in the San Juan Capistrano, a race that drew many of the circuit’s top turf marathoners.

Instead, trainer Art Sherman decided to skip that race with Dynamic Host in favor of Sunday’s $70,000 Round Table Stakes at Betfair Hollywood Park. The Round Table Stakes is run over 1 1/2 miles on turf, and is a race that the 6-year-old Dynamic Host can win.

Sherman would not have had that confidence in the San Juan Capistrano, won by the multiple stakes winner Bourbon Bay.

“I watched the race and I think he could have run third,” Sherman said.

“He would have had to run his eyeballs out. I thought we made the right move.”

Owned by a partnership, Dynamic Host won his first stakes in the Grade

3 Tokyo City Stakes over 1 1/2 miles on the main track at Santa Anita on March 24. A gelding, Dynamic Host was claimed for $40,000 at Del Mar last summer, and has since earned $116,840.

The seven-week break between the Tokyo City and Round Table has been beneficial, Sherman said.

“The horse is training excellent,” Sherman said. “He had time between races.”

Dynamic Host is the only 2012 stakes winner in the Tokyo City, which drew a field of nine. The race distance is an ideal fit for Dynamic Host, who Sherman said will not have a prominent position until the last stage of the race.

“He’ll probably have one or two horses beaten and then he’ll make that move,” Sherman said. “It takes him damn near a mile to get warmed up.”

The biggest threat to Dynamic Host is old foe Dhaamer, who was second by a neck in the Tokyo City. Trained by Mike Mitchell, Dhaamer has had a busier spring than Dynamic Host, having finished fourth in the San Juan Capistrano, 3 3/4 lengths behind Bourbon Bay.

Those races were Dhaamer’s first two starts in the United States. A 5-year-old Irish-bred gelding, Dhaamer had 3 wins in 10 starts in England in 2010 and 2011, including a minor handicap over 1 5/16 miles on turf at Haydock last August.

The California turf marathon division is not deep. Five of the nine entrants in the Round Table have run for claiming prices this year, notably the 10-year-old Porfido. A Group 1 winner in Chile way back in 2005, Porfido won a $25,000 claimer and an optional $40,000 claimer at Santa Anita in January and February. He was fifth in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes on March 25 behind Bourbon Bay.

Without Bourbon Bay in the field, trainer Eoin Harty is encouraged about Porfido’s chances.

“He’s 10 and he acts like he’s about 4,” Harty said. “He is just so professional.”

Garrett Gomez has the mount, the first time he has ridden Porfido since the horse’s United States debut in 2006 when trained by the late Bobby Frankel.