Hollywood Turf Cup (Grade I)

Sanagas fulfilled his potential tonight at Hollywood Park winning in good style.  As often the case in these long distance races they went slowly, and Rajiv Maragh kept him within striking distance as he knew there would be a sprint finish.  Knowing he would get the distance nicely (his last race at Keeneland was an extra furlong) he kicked for home just before the turn to win by 3 1/4 lengths.  Congratulations to Gestuet Faehrhof and Andreas Jacobs, owners and breeders of their newest Grade I winner. {jcomments on} 

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Sanagas dominant winner of Hollywood Turf Cup


Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2011 8:37 PM


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by Tim Nichols

Andreas Jacobs’ Sanagas (Ger) handled his first Grade 1 test with absolute ease on Saturday as he coasted to victory in the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup Stakes (G1) at Hollywood Park.

Ridden confidently by Rajiv Maragh, Sanagas surged to a two-length lead on the turn before drawing away to a 3¼-length victory as the 8-to-5 favorite. The five-year-old Lomitas (GB) gelding covered the distance on firm turf in 2:27.53.

“It was a little earlier than I wanted initially, but he really wanted to go and I didn’t want to dishearten him,” Maragh said. “He always runs big and we’ve always had high hopes for him.”

Sanagas scaled back in distance in the Turf Cup, having won the 1 5/8-mile Sycamore Stakes (G3) at Keeneland Race Course in his previous start. Racing at his fifth different track in his fifth North American start, neither the change in venue or distance disrupted the gelding.

Maragh staked out a perfect stalking trip for Sanagas, who raced in third through one mile as Grade 1 winner Miss Match (Arg) led with Norvsky in second. On the turn, though, Maragh decided to move early, which proved the right decision.

“It was pretty straightforward,” Maragh said. “My horse got into a nice flow right away and was just pulling me around the track. I was always in a good position without having to ask him. He made my job very easy.”

Sanagas took the lead and stretched it to an insurmountable 4 ½-length advantage in early stretch, allowing Maragh the luxury of dialing down his mount in the final strides. Bourbon Bay finished in second, one length better than third-place finisher Falcon Rock (Ire).

Bred in Germany by Stiftung Gestut Fahroh, Sanagas improved to seven wins from ten starts and earnings of $282,282. He has three wins in five North American starts for trainer Graham Motion. Sanagas is out of the Marju mare Scota, a half sister to stakes winner and multiple stakes producer Sommernacht.


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