By Jarrod Horak
Del Mar’s Bing Crosby Season continues on Friday, November 24 and I have included Hollywood Turf Cup picks below. The Grade 2 event for 3-year-olds and up has a $200,000 purse and the eight entrants will be traveling a mile and a half on the turf course. It is the 7th race on the day after Thanksgiving.
Hollywood Turf Cup Picks & Final Time Ratings
Francesco Clemente (IRE) added blinkers and scored from off the pace as the even money favorite in an optional-claiming race at 1 3/8 miles on turf in New York on Oct. 19. Chad Brown’s colt picks up sharp turf rider Umberto Rispoli and he might be able to wear these down.
Yes This Time has not won in quite some time and seems overmatched. The Not This Time gelding hit the board in 6 of his last 10 starts. He was 6th in the John Henry (G2) last time. This one is also entered in the Grade 2 Seabiscuit at Del Mar on Saturday, Nov. 25.
Lukka (CHI) fired trifecta shots in each of his ten starts in Chile. He landed the place in both starts at this distance and he drilled a local turf bullet for this on Nov. 12. These South American imports typically need time to acclimate to their new surroundings.