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2020 Hollywood Turf Cup: Favorites, Longshots and Predictions

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2020 Hollywood Turf Cup Favorites Longshots and Predictions

2020 Hollywood Turf Cup – Horseracing action picks up at the West Coast with this year’s staging of the Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes Race. Del Mar Racetrack will host the USD200,000, Grade II event. The Hollywood Turf Cup will cover a distance of one and a half miles (2.414 kilometers). Racetrack Television Network will feature this race live. The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club website will display the replay of the race. Nine horses are expected to take part in the race with horseracing bettors slightly favoring Arklow to take over and gain a decisive victory after a disappointing performance in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.

2020 Hollywood Turf Cup Viewing Information

When: Friday, November 27, 2020
Where: Del Mar Racetrack, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar California, USA

The Race

Hollywood Park Racetrack became the venue for the said event from 1981 until 2013. The winner of the inaugural 1 1/2 mile race was Providential. In 1982, the organizers decided to cut the distance to 1 3/8 miles and divide the event into two races. In 1983, the race was upgraded to Grade I. Two years later, the organizers decided to stage the race again in 1 1/2 miles and retain the distance until now. In 2012, the event was downgraded to Grade II. Last year, six-year-old horse Oscar Dominguez emerged as the winner with a clocking of 2:28.17. The horse defeated United and Ward ‘n Jerry to take home the crown.

Betting on Horseracing at the 2020 Hollywood Turf Cup Race

Hollywood Turf Cup lists nine horses as possible entries in this year’s edition. There is Arklow, a six-year-old veteran who has been a consistent fixture in turf races in almost four years. Laccario, a four-year-old German-bred colt who had a four-race winning streak between May and July 2019, will challenge him. In his last race, he finished second in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic in Belmont behind Channel Maker. 

Meanwhile, Red King hopes to erase the misery of placing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The six-year-old horse had five first-place finishes, including a streak of three top finishes between May and August. Seven-year-old veteran Aquaphobia hopes to return to his winning ways after ending up a disappointing seventh place in the Sycamore Stakes in October. Acclimate also seeks to bounce back from his disappointing ninth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Turf. The horse won his last race at the Del Mar racecourse by defeating last year’s Hollywood Turf Cup winner Oscar Dominguez. 

Other Worthy Competitors

Five-year-old Say The Word could be another horse to place a bet on in this marathon turf race due to his recent performance in the Northern Dancer Turf. He won the race over Sir Sahib and Admiralty Pier to register his second win in three races. Big Agenda seeks to improve from his first 1 1/2 mile race in October at the Sycamore Stakes. He placed sixth in his debut performance in the Grade 3 event that had Red Knight, Postulation, and Ziyad taking the top three places.

Count Again, on the other hand, hopes to return from his winning ways after a disappointing fourth-place finish at the Northern Dancer Turf. The five-year-old racehorse also wanted to gain a measure of revenge against Say The Word, who won the race and broke Count Again’s two-race winning streak. Lastly, UK-bred Ziyad hopes to secure his first win since March. A known long-distance specialist, the five-year-old gelding hopes to finally get it right this time after five straight winless starts between May and October.

2020 Hollywood Turf Cup Pick Probable Entries

  1. Arklow *
  2. Laccario
  3. Red King
  4. Aquaphobia
  5. Acclimate
  6. Say The Word
  7. Big Agenda
  8. Count Again
  9. Ziyad


2020 Hollywood Turf Cup Pick

Placing your bet on Arklow in this tough field is a safe bet. However, online bookies could go high-risk, high-reward by picking Say The Word, who is the only horse in the field to emerge victorious on his last race. International entries Laccario and Ziyad could likewise provide some headaches to betting enthusiasts, especially they are fixed on picking a favorite to win this long-distance spectacle. Red King is another entry that could provide a surprise in this race.