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July 11, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Maybe trainer Laura de Seroux should watch all of Total Impact's races on television. Wishing to spend some time at home in Rancho Santa Fe with her husband, Emmanuel, after a busy morning with her barn at San Luis Rey Downs, De Seroux didn't make the approximate 90-minute drive north to Inglewood for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday.
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June 27, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The unimaginable happened last weekend at Golden Gate Fields. When the Bay Area track's 30-day spring meet came to a close Sunday, Jerry Hollendorfer had not won the training title. Billy Morey saddled four winners on Saturday to take a 25-23 lead, and neither trainer had a winner on closing day. For Hollendorfer to not win the title is comparable to Kobe Bryant not being the Lakers' leading scorer.
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June 29, 1995 | JIM MURRAY
"W hat this country needs is a good five-cent cigar." --Thomas Marshall, 1910 The country's on its own. But what the 56th running of the Hollywood Park Gold Cup needs, it got--a good $5-million Cigar. That would be Allen Paulson's 5-year-old bay horse by that name. He might not be what the country needs, but he's what horse racing could use. Especially the Gold Cup. The Hollywood Gold Cup goes deep in the lore of the Los Angeles sports scene. It was Citation's last race.
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July 1, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Only one of the hundred-plus people who were part of the winner's circle celebration after Lava Man's latest victory in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup had mixed emotions about the outcome Saturday. A part of Jerry Lambert, the regular rider for Native Diver, wanted that legendary thoroughbred to continue to stand alone as the only horse to win Hollywood Park's signature race three years running as he did from 1965-67.
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June 30, 1991 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trainer Bobby Frankel's style has never been guile, and the $1-million Hollywood Gold Cup was no exception. For anyone who was interested, Frankel announced before Saturday's 52nd running of the race that his horse would go to the lead and hope to last. And that's exactly what Marquetry did, holding off favored Farma Way by a head before 35,133. Carrying 110 pounds, the low weight in the field, Marquetry was the seventh betting choice in a nine-horse field and paid $56.
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June 27, 2001 | BOB MIESZERSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Captain Steve, the top money-earning thoroughbred in the country this year, will start in Sunday's $1 million Hollywood Gold Cup at Hollywood Park, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Tuesday morning. Owned by Mike Pegram, the 4-year-old son of Fly So Free completed his preparation for the Grade I race with a five-furlong workout at Santa Anita. With exercise rider Dana Barnes aboard, Captain Steve was timed in 1:00 1/5 while working in company with Danthebluegrassman, another Baffert trainee.
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July 9, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Todd Pletcher, the leading trainer in the country again this year, seems to have a starter or two, or three, in Grade I races at various tracks every weekend. One of them today is Hollywood Park. The Eclipse Award-winning trainer of 2004, Pletcher will send out probable favorite Limehouse in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, which will be run for the 66th time.
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July 12, 2002 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although there was an unexpected entry, boosting the field to seven, the 63rd running of the Hollywood Gold Cup is a prime example of how a racetrack can run a major race for a lot of money and still wonder where the horses will come from. The Gold Cup, Hollywood Park's premier race, was a hit from the start when Seabiscuit, en route to the horse-of-the-year title, won the inaugural in 1938.
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June 29, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
Great horses should have names that inspire visions of greatness. They should have names like Man O' War, Assault, Spectacular Bid or Bold Whatever. When you hear of a horse named Secretariat, you imagine the leader of the United Nations or the Politburo. When you hear Cigar, you imagine powerful men with sleeves rolled up and ties loosened while deciding the fate of the nation in a smoke-filled room.
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June 28, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The day the post positions were drawn for the 1996 Pacific Classic at Del Mar, trainer Richard Mandella made a comment that came out like an aside. Recalling the moment last week, Mandella said, "What I said was that Siphon would run fast for a while, but he didn't have a chance at the distance [1 1/4 miles]. Then I said that we'd take Dare And Go back, and see what he could do."
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July 1, 2007 | Bill Dwyre
A sport that struggles mightily these days to find reasons for us to pay attention found a great one at Hollywood Park on Saturday. His name is Lava Man, and the 17th victory of his career, in the 68th running of the Grade I Hollywood Gold Cup, made history. It was Lava Man's third straight victory in this legendary race.
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June 30, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
If Lava Man wins a record-equaling third consecutive Hollywood Gold Cup today at Hollywood Park, one person will be conspicuously absent from the winner's circle photo. Trainer Doug O'Neill, who claimed the California-bred gelding for $50,000 for owners Steve, Tracy and Dave Kenly and Jason Wood nearly three years ago, won't be in Inglewood. O'Neill, his wife Linette and mother Dixie are in the midst of a one-week vacation in Ireland, celebrating Dixie's 70th birthday.
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June 29, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
When Lava Man won his first Hollywood Gold Cup on July 9, 2005, Michael Baze was in New Jersey, a teenage jockey learning his trade riding at Monmouth Park in Oceanport. On Saturday, Baze will be riding in his first Hollywood Gold Cup, a more polished professional hoping to prevent Lava Man from matching Native Diver with a third consecutive victory in Hollywood Park's signature event.
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June 28, 2007 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Lava Man will have eight opponents when he tries to match Native Diver with a third consecutive victory in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday at Hollywood Park. The 6-year-old gelding, who won the race by a record 8 3/4 lengths in 2005 and by the smallest of noses a year ago, will leave from post eight under high-weight of 124 pounds. The impost is the same as he carried in 2006 when he defeated 24-1 longshot Ace Blue in a thriller.
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July 8, 2006 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
The other major stakes race on the card today at Hollywood Park has an even smaller field than the featured Hollywood Gold Cup. Only four 3-year-olds were entered in the $350,000 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes, including the first three finishers in the Affirmed Handicap on June 17. Affirmed winner Point Determined, A.P. Warrior, beaten by a nose, and third-place Arson Squad will race in the Grade II at 1 1/8 miles.
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July 9, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Todd Pletcher, the leading trainer in the country again this year, seems to have a starter or two, or three, in Grade I races at various tracks every weekend. One of them today is Hollywood Park. The Eclipse Award-winning trainer of 2004, Pletcher will send out probable favorite Limehouse in the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, which will be run for the 66th time.
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June 20, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The matchup of the three best older horses in the country, seemingly an impossibility as recently as a week ago, now appears probable in the $1-million Hollywood Gold Cup on June 28. Skip Away and Gentlemen were already going to run in the 1 1/4-mile race at Hollywood Park, and Friday, trainer Bob Baffert said Silver Charm probably will join them. "If the trip from Kentucky doesn't take anything out of him, and if he works good next week, he'll run," Baffert said.
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June 25, 1998 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the second time this year, Silver Charm has become a late withdrawal from a $1-million race. This time the colt's defection will cost Hollywood Park the chance to showcase the three best older horses in the country in Sunday's Hollywood Gold Cup. Silver Charm has a fever, discovered Wednesday morning at the colt's barn at Santa Anita, and that leaves Hollywood Park with Skip Away, last year's champion older horse, and Gentlemen, the winner of last year's Gold Cup.
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July 7, 2005 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
For the first time since 1996, the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, which will be run Saturday, will be a handicap instead of a weight-for-age race. The pounds were hardly piled on any of the 10 entered to run 1 1/4 miles in the Grade I. Lava Man, a $50,000 claim last Aug. 13 at Del Mar and the upset winner of the Californian on June 18, was given top weight of 118.
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July 11, 2004 | Bob Mieszerski, Times Staff Writer
Maybe trainer Laura de Seroux should watch all of Total Impact's races on television. Wishing to spend some time at home in Rancho Santa Fe with her husband, Emmanuel, after a busy morning with her barn at San Luis Rey Downs, De Seroux didn't make the approximate 90-minute drive north to Inglewood for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday.
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