November 30, 2001

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Some Saturday Races
The big event tomorrow is the Grade I, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup, at a mile and a half on you-know-which surface. And don't worry -- the true movers and shakers of the racing world will make sure you get your insightful, cleanly written and literate analysis of that race. Doesn't that make you smile?

Yeah, it does. We'll get to a Hollypark race soon enough. Before that -- though a little bit east a little bit later on the post-time clock -- Sam Houston Race Park will host its Texas Champions Day tomorrow evening. It's for the statebreds, and the marquee race is the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile, a mile and a sixteenth on the main track for two-year-olds. Eleven are entered, and the race has a history of producing useful three-year-olds the following year.

French Assault is the 5-2 morning-line favorite, splitting the Breeders' Cup Juvenile field last time at 61-1. French Assault has been best around two turns (not the one turn of this year's BC Juvenile), and he'll be prominent throughout.

Exacta-completers include the obvious SoCal invader Dial a Hero, Private Emblem and Jeremiah Jack. One stranger-danger to watch out for is Pedernales River, a first-time dirt horse whose turf races were OK and who should move forward with the switch to the main track.

The fourth at Fair Grounds involves two-year-old maiden special weights sprinting five and a half furlongs on the turf. Wide-open in the nine-horse field.

The superior pedigree play is Heza Storm Creek, 7-2 on the morning line. Heza Storm Creek is bred top and bottom for the green, and his trainer does well with the first-turfers. Conversely, 5-2 morning-line fave Reactionary has already stamped himself as a hanger after four races, and first-turf isn't a strength of his momma and daddy.

And, as promised, over to Hollywood for the fourth on the card, a maiden-special for three-and-up at a mile and a sixteenth on the main track. Eleven are signed up, and that's amazing for an overnight race in Southern California.

Good Meeting will be the favorite, if mild, based on his "consistency." The wildcard is 30-1 (hey, it's OK to at least look at a 30-1 if you think he has a shot) Inifinite Faith, who didn't care for the turf last time but has dirt numbers that put him in the hunt here. Going long on the dirt is probably what he most wants, and trainer Baker puts on the blinks for up-front rider extraordinaire Mr. Tyler Baze. Worth a gamble.

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