Jeremy Noseda's Breeders' Cup hero Grandeur will stay in America in order to run in the Hollywood Derby
Grandeur is to stay in America for a crack at the Hollywood Derby after his thrilling victory at the Breeders' Cup.
Last Updated: 07/11/12 2:31pm
Jeremy Noseda's three-year-old got up close home under William Buick to deny Dermot Weld's Speaking Of Which in the Grade Two Twilight Derby.
The Shalfleet handler is thinking of the Dubai Carnival long-term for the Verglas gelding, who has won five of his 10 career starts.
"Grandeur showed that he is still improving and we were delighted with him," Noseda told his website.
"Having stumbled at the start, it was a really big effort from him, although I'd said to William Buick to take his time and ride the horse with confidence.
"He has come out of the race in good shape and now heads on to the Hollywood Derby. He leaves Santa Anita at lunchtime today and will stay at Paddy Gallagher's barn (at Hollywood Park) until the race.
"We will look to keep him in good shape between now and then and I feel he will go there as the one to beat.
"After that it could be that he stays on in California for one more race but looking to the long-term Dubai next spring is a possibility."
Noseda was also pleased with The Gold Cheongsam who finished fifth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf behind Flotilla.
"It was a good performance by her from an awful draw. When she got levelled up in the home straight she flew home and showed herself to be competitive at that level," said Noseda.
"I felt the winner was the best horse in the race but if The Gold Cheongsam had a decent draw I believe we would have at least made the frame."