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Chicago Style heads back to the barn after winning the 2018 Hollywood Turf Cup
The feature race on Thanksgiving Friday at Del Mar was the $200,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) for older horses going 1 1/2 miles on the Jimmy Durante turf course. Conditions were excellent at the seaside oval with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 70's with 5,248 fans in attendance. Last year's runner-up Chicago Style was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 7 off a disappointing 5th place finish in the Lure Stakes at Santa Anita after finishing 3rd in the John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3) at Sam Houston. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Bigger Picture, 3rd in the Sycamore (G3) at Keeneland after finishing a close 2nd in the Kentucky Turf Cup (G3) at Kentucky Downs, and 11-2 third choice Ashleyluvssugar, a close second in the John Henry Turf Championship (G2) after disappointing 6th in the Del Mar Handicap (G2).
Down the stretch in the Hollywood Turf Cup
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 8 Chicago Style Van Dyke 5.80 3.00 2.40 3 Bigger Picture Smith 3.40 3.00 1 Beach View Bejarano 4.40 Winning Time: 2:28.53 $1 Exacta 8-3 7.60 $2 Quinella 3-8 9.40 $1 Trifecta 8-3-1 41.00 $1 Superfecta 8-3-1-6 179.50Results Chart
Left: Chicago Style in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Drayden Van Dyke, celebrating his first Hollywood Turf Cup victory, said, "I knew they were going slow, but my horse was relaxed and I was comfortable with where we were. If they go that slow the whole way they'd be tough to catch. He's a straightforward horse; you ask him and he gives. When it came time, I tipped him out and he went. It's sure fun to ride ones like him."
Right: Chicago Style in the paddock. Winning owner-breeder Craig Bernick (Glen Hill Farm) said, "He's had his issues, not making it to races until he was 4 and then missing most of this year, but all credit to (trainer Tom Proctor). He's never changed his ways, always patient and does right by the horse. Sometimes it works out." The win moved Tom Proctor past his late father Willard Proctor in all-time Del Mar stakes wins with 18. Proctor added, "He (Dad) was rootin' for me! (Due to the long layoff) Just had a little issue. It's good to win a race."
Left: Second place finisher Bigger Picture in the paddock before the race. Jockey Mike Smith said, "Aw, he ran dynamite. He ran too good to lose!" The Mike Maker trainee improved his record to 11 wins, 7 seconds, and 5 thirds in 37 starts, earning $1,374,135 for owner Three Diamonds Farm.
Right: Third place finisher Beach View in the paddock. Jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "He put in a good late run. I didn't want to go around, so I waited until there was a spot on the rail. Then he gave me a push." The Leonard Powell trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 3 thirds in 11 starts, earning $192,200 for owner Levy Racing.
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