06/21/2013 1:28PM

Hollywood Park: Gabriel Charles, Rosengold using Tsunami Slew as Del Mar prep

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Tom Keyser
Gabriel Charles makes his second start on grass in the Tsunami Slew. In his only previous turf start, he won Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview (above).

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – With the goal of starting in the $100,000 Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar on July 17, stakes winners Gabriel Charles and Rosengold are expected to dominate Sunday’s $70,000 Tsunami Slew at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Each has something to prove in the Tsunami Slew, which is run at a mile on turf for 3-year-olds.

Gabriel Charles won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita in November, his only start on grass. Gabriel Charles was second as the even-money favorite in the Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita in December, a race scheduled for turf but moved to the main track because of wet conditions.

Gabriel Charles emerged from that race with a fractured pelvis which left him sidelined from racing for months. Gabriel Charles resumed training this spring with a series of solid six-furlong turf workouts, which have trainer Jeff Mullins optimistic about the colt’s prospects.

“He’s training very good,” Mullins said. “We want to get a strong race out of him, that’s all. Hopefully, he can go two turns.”

Owned by Sam Britt and Michael House, Gabriel Charles has won 2 of 5 starts and earned $117,500.

Rosengold made his first start in January, finishing ninth in a maiden race for sprinters. He has not lost since in three starts, including wins in two turf stakes at Santa Anita – the Baffle Stakes on the hillside turf course on March 2 and the Pasadena Stakes at a mile on March 29.

With a good race Sunday, Rosengold can move closer to a start at Del Mar, a goal for owner-breeder Bill Currin.

“I could have run him a long time ago,” Currin said. “We wanted to give him a little break. Hopefully he’s good enough that he can be an opening-day horse at Del Mar.”

Trained by Julio Canani, Rosengold is likely to set the pace in the Tsunami Slew, which drew a field of six.

Rosengold and Gabriel Charles drew the outside two post positions. The field includes Show Some Magic, who won the Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park in December; Dirty Swagg, who was stakes-placed here in November; and the former claimer Olympic Blue, who won consecutive optional claimers on turf at Golden Gate Fields in May.

The Tsunami Slew will be the stakes debut for Pure Loyalty, a colt by Simon Pure who races for Robert Norman and trainer Mark Glatt. Pure Loyalty was winless in five starts on main tracks before winning a maiden race at a mile on turf at Santa Anita on April 7. He followed with a second in an optional claimer here on May 9.

“I thought he’d really like the grass,” Glatt said. “He looks a lot smoother racing on the grass.”