Updated on 09/15/2011 1:36PM

Playing with the big boys

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Yougottawanna has already slayed a giant this fall with his victory over the once-mighty Officer in the California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

On Saturday, *, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer in northern California, returns to the South for the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity, hoping to conquer a field led by Siphonic, the winner of the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland who was third in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Hollendorfer won the 1988 Hollywood Futurity - when the race carried a $1 million purse - with King Glorious. Since then, the purse has dropped to $200,000-added, but money accrued from nominations and supplements will put Saturday's purse above $400,000.

"The purse used to be a little bigger," Hollendorfer said. "We'll be happy to run for this."

Like King Glorious, and 1990 Futurity winner Best Pal, Yougottawanna is a California-bred who is proven at the Futurity distance of 1 1/16 miles. In the California Cup Juvenile, Yougottawanna stalked the pace to early stretch and finished 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Officer.

Officer returns in the Hollywood Futurity, but will not be favored for the first time in his eight-race career. Siphonic, who will be ridden by Jerry Bailey, is the likely favorite in a field expected to include Brigadier Jones, Fonz's, Labamta Babe, Mountain Rage, and Publication.

Yougottawanna is the likely second choice based on his fall campaign and the presence of jockey Laffit Pincay Jr.

The California Cup Juvenile was preceded by a victory in the restricted Pinjara Stakes on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 12. The two races proved to Hollendorfer and owner Ted Aroney that Yougottawanna was an impressive 2-year-old. A win on Saturday would put him firmly among California's top hopes for the 2002 Triple Crown.

"I think we have a chance, or we would have reevaluated and done something else," Hollendorfer said. "It's a big test for all of the horses. It will separate them for their next races."

Renaissance Woman in top company

Renaissance Woman, the winner of a maiden race on Nov. 30, may be the only non-Grade 1 winner in Sunday's Hollywood Starlet Stakes. Run over 1 1/16 miles for fillies, the Starlet will have a short field including Habibti (the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante), Tali'sluckybusride (Oak Leaf Stakes), and You (Frizette Stakes).

There may be only four starters, a point that makes Renaissance Woman's participation more likely, trainer Simon Bray said. By Deputy Minister, Renaissance Woman debuted with a fifth-place finish at Santa Anita on Oct. 21, and followed with a three-length win on Nov. 30 over 1 1/16 miles.

Of the probables, Tali'sluckybusride is the only other filly to have won around two turns, having done so in the one-mile Oak Leaf Stakes. You's win in the Frizette Stakes over 1 1/16 miles was around one turn at Del Mar.

Bray said a discussion with owner Marty Wygod would determine whether Renaissance Woman will start on Sunday or wait for the Santa Ysabel Stakes at Santa Anita on Jan. 6.

"If we run in this, we won't run in the Santa Ysabel," Bray said.

After watching Renaissance Woman work a half-mile in 49.40 seconds on Wednesday, trainer Simon Bray pronounced her ready.

"She doesn't do a lot in the mornings, but she only ran 12 days ago," Bray said. "I wanted to stretch her legs and see if everything is okay. She was starting to get a little fresh."

Extra security for Starlet, Futurity

Every horse who runs in this weekend's two Grade 1 races, Saturday's Futurity and Sunday's Starlet, will have a California Horse Racing Board investigator assigned to observe his or her trainer's barn at least four hours before the race.

These types of security measures have occurred occasionally in the past, but there is heightened awareness regarding security in recent months here following sponging incidents that appeared designed to affect the outcome of races at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. There have been no arrests yet made in those cases.

"The whole investigative crew has been assigned to work this weekend at Hollywood Park," according to Mike Marten, the CHRB's spokesman. "They will be at the barn of each horse running in the stakes races." Horses are not permitted to be treated with any medication within four hours of their races.

Mike Kilpack, the CHRB's supervising investigator in Southern California, told Marten that the investigators will accompany the runners from their barn to the receiving barn and to the paddock, "observing everything that goes on, continuously." Kilpack told Marten the request for additional security came from the CHRB.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman

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