06/17/2012 6:30PM

Hollywood Park: Belle Royale will miss Beverly Hills because of cough

Benoit & Associates
Belle Royale will await the Royal Heroine Stakes on July 7.

A cough will keep Belle Royale from starting in the $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap next Sunday, trainer Simon Callaghan said.

The winner of the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes on May 28, Belle Royale is being pointed for the $750,000 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park on Aug. 18. Callaghan considered a start in the Beverly Hills as a prep to the Arlington Park race but did not work Belle Royale over the weekend.

Owned by Michael Tabor, Belle Royale will be pointed for the $150,000 Royal Heroine Stakes over a mile on turf on July 7.

“We’re going to wait for the Royal Heroine,” he said. “She had just a little cough. We didn’t want to force a bit of work on her. The best approach is to have a little patience.”