The CashCall Futurity is the ninth of 10 races from Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday. The 1 1/16 miles race is the final Grade 1 race of the year for two-year-olds. Bob Baffert has won three of the last four editions of this $750k event and boasts a quartert of runners for the 2012 version.
HE’S HAD ENOUGH was bounced all over the place in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, but still rallied to engage Shanghai Bobby in the stretch before yielding for a second place finish. It was an especially impressive performance when you consider that he came from seventh on a track that was about as anti-closer as possible. The son of Tapit is growing into himself and could provide a career best effort for trainer Doug O’Neill and jockey Mario Gutierrez.
Bob Baffert decided to enter DEN’S LEGACY after an especially impressive work on December 10. The bay colt was last seen winning the Grade 3 Generous Stakes over the grass course here at Hollywood Park. He won on the synthetic track at Del Mar, so we shouldn’t doubt his ability to handle this one. Look for Garrett Gomez to make a run from off the pace with this son of Medaglia d’Oro.
DIRTY SWAGG broke his maiden going a flat mile at Del Mar on September 1. After that, he bit off a little more than he could chew in the Front Runner STakes where he ended up ninth beaten 24 lengths. His last adventure at the racetrack was in the Real Quiet Stakes where he ended up third after trainer Myung Kwon Cho removed blinkers and changed riders to Tyler Baze. It looks like there is plenty of speed to set the race up for him. Tyler Baze retains the mount.
CARVING should be near the front for jockey Martin Garcia. The two time stakes winning colt is trained by Bob Baffert and enters this race after winning the REal Quiet Stakes. He is owned in partnership by Bafferet and famed olympic skier Bode Miller. This race figures to be a class test.
Jerry Hollendorfer trains FURY KAPCORI. The son of Tiznow broke his maiden sprinting at Golden Gate and then won a minor stakes race at Fresno. His last effort was a second place finish in the Real Quiet Stakes. He should be forwardly placed under Joe Talamo.
The big shipper for this race is VIOLENCE. Trained by the wizard, Todd Pletcher, he was last seen drawing off for a two length score in the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes. While it was a sharp win, some of the horses from that race have returned to finish poorly in their next race. There is no telling how good he might or might not be. Consider him an “X” factor. JJ Castellano is in to ride.
SIMON EYES is a gelded son of Street Hero that races for Wes Ward. He broke his maiden at Keeneland going 6 1/2 furlongs before racing evenly around the track to be fourth in the Real Quiet Stakes. That was his first time going two turns. Now in his second time routing and third time off the shelf he figures to be much sharper. This could be a good trifecta horse. Victor Espinoza picks up the mount.
REALLY MR GREELY is a speedy horse that broke his maiden for a tag at Santa Anita. Most were surprised to see him wheel back to win the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes as he was all but dismissed at odds of 11-1 in a short field of five. Distance could be a question as he is by Horse Greeley and out of a Forest Camp mare. Mike Smith picks up the mount.
TITLE CONTENDER inexplicably folded his tent in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile despite making the lead over a track that produced numerous wire to wire scores that day. Before that he was an impressive maiden winner at Santa Anita. The Juvenile may have been a bit too much too soon for him, but after that race toughened him up he should do well here. Rafael Bejarano picks up the mount.
Richard Baltas operates below the radar, but is a good trainer nonetheless. He brings first out winner LITTLE JERRY to this race. The son of Candy Ride rallied from ten lengths back into a slow pace to get the neck victory over this track and at this distance in his debut. Aaron Gryder picks up the mount from Tyler Baze who opted to ride Dirty Swagg instead.
OXBOW has one way to go and that is to the front. Trained by four time Futurity winning guru D Wayne Lukas, he was last seen drawing off by 4 3/4 lengths in a Churchill Downs maiden race. Corey Nakatani will ride for the first time. It looks like the distance suits him well based on his pedigree.
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