09/23/2010 12:32PM

Hollywood Turf Cup back on the schedule


The Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup and two $100,000 stakes for 2-year-olds are among four stakes restored to the stakes schedule for the Hollywood Park fall meeting from Nov. 4 to Dec. 19 after being dropped from the 2009 schedule because of financial pressure.

The Turf Cup will be run over 1 1/2 miles on turf on Nov. 13 and will be worth $250,000, the same value as its last running, in 2008. The Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds, both run over 1 1/16 miles, will be the opening weekend stakes on Nov. 6-7 for the 31-day meeting. Those races were not offered last year, with the money redirected into overnight purses. In addition, the $55,000 Playa Del Rey Stakes for female sprinters on Nov. 14 has been added to the 2010 schedule.

Overall, the stakes schedule for the 2010 fall meeting comprises 18 stakes worth $3.2 million over seven weeks, an increase from the 2009 schedule of 14 stakes worth $2.85 million over six weeks.

The richest race of the meeting is the $750,000 CashCall Futurity for 2-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles on Dec. 18. Lookin At Lucky, the nation’s leading 3-year-old this year, won the 2009 running.

The CashCall Futurity and Turf Cup are among six Grade 1 races at the meeting. The purses for three Grade 1 races during the Turf Festival on Thanksgiving weekend – the Citation, the Matriarch and the Hollywood Derby – have been cut in value from $300,000 to $250,000. In a statement released Thursday, track officials said purse reductions were made to those races to help finance other stakes added to the calendar

This year, the Matriarch has been moved from Sunday of Thanksgiving week to the Friday, and will be the only stakes run that day.