HOLLYWOOD STAR (c, Malibu Moon–Hollywood Story, by Wild Rush)
‘TDN Rising Star’ O-Albaugh Family Stables. B-George Krikorian (KY). T-Dale Romans. Sales History: $550,000 yrl KEESEP ’16. Lifetime Record: MGSP, 4-1-2-0, $116,520.
Last Start: 6th, GI Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, SA, Nov. 4
Accomplishments Include: 2nd, GII Saratoga Special S., SAR, Aug. 13; 2nd, GIII Iroquois S., CD, Sept. 16.
Next Start: Uncommitted
KY Derby Points: 4
With the Derby still four months away, is there a huge talent gulf between the No. 12-ranked horse and the hordes of others who could be considered legitimate “On the Bubble” candidates? Not really. But in compiling this list, it can be a bit of a treasure hunt trying to come up with an under-the-radar colt who isn’t getting much hype. Hollywood Star’s sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile came after jockey Joel Rosario dropped him straight down onto the rail from post 12, and he was so far out of touch that the ground he gained in beating half the field is more impressive than the running line seems. And in the Sep. 16 GIII Iroquois S., this ‘TDN Rising Star’ wove through the pack to settle into stalk mode, split foes entering the far turn, then chipped away at the lone leader’s margin before finishing second and galloping out well past the winner. On Saturday, Hollywood Star had his first breeze at Gulfstream after spending some time unwinding on the farm in Lexington.