11/27/2012 3:15PM

Hollywood Park: Grandeur staying for Hollywood Turf Cup

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Emily Shields
Grandeur will stay in California for the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 15.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Grandeur, second as the favorite in Sunday’s $250,000 Hollywood Derby, will remain in California for the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at Betfair Hollywood Park on Dec. 15.

Trained by Jeremy Noseda of England, Grandeur will be based with trainer Paddy Gallagher in coming weeks. The Grade 2 Hollywood Turf Cup is run over 1 1/2 miles and would be Grandeur’s first start at that distance.

“That’s the race we’ll point for,” Gallagher said. “He ran well the other day. They’ve left him with me, and we’ll see how he is.”

The gray colt won the Grade 2 Twilight Derby over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 in his American debut and was second by 1 1/2 lengths to Unbridled Command in the Hollywood Derby over 1 1/4 miles as the 7-2 favorite.

Owned by Yvonne Jacques of England, Grandeur closed from last in a field of 14 with a wide rally.

The Hollywood Turf Cup could lead to further starts in the turf marathon division at Santa Anita this winter, depending on how Grandeur fares in the race, Gallagher said. In England, Grandeur won two minor handicaps over 1 1/4 miles and was third in a Grade 3 race – the Winter Hill Stakes – at Windsor in August.

The Turf Cup also is a goal for the multiple stakes winner Bourbon Bay and Kindergarden Kid, who was sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 3 and won the Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes at Keeneland in October.