INGLEWOOD, Calif. (September 22, 2010) — The $750,000 guaranteed CashCall Futurity will once more be the most lucrative event on the stakes menu for the 2010 Autumn meet at Hollywood Park.
The Futurity, in the fourth year of sponsorship by the consumer loans company founded by prominent horse owner and breeder J. Paul Reddam, has produced six Kentucky Derby champions and winners of 15 Triple Crown races since its inaugural running in 1981.
Lookin At Lucky, currently considered the top 3-year-old in the country, became the third Futurity winner trained by Bob Baffert – joining Real Quiet (1997) and Point Given (2000) – to capture the Preakness, winning the second jewel of the Triple Crown last May 15 at Pimlico.
Scheduled for the 30th time, the CashCall Futurity will be run on Saturday, Dec. 18, the next-to-last day of the meet.
A total of 18 stakes races – 12 of them graded – with purses of nearly $3.2 million are scheduled for the 31-day season.
Sharing the spotlight again with the Futurity and $250,000 guaranteed Hollywood Starlet, a Grade I for 2-year-old fillies that will be run on Saturday, Dec. 11, is the popular Turf Festival.
Consisting of five graded stakes during a span of three days (Nov. 26-28), the Turf Festival will be held for the 19th time in 20 years over Thanksgiving weekend.
The Festival continues to feature a pair of Grade I races, although the Matriarch and the Hollywood Derby have both undergone a purse reduction from $300,000 to $250,000 to accommodate the return of stakes that were not offered last year.
The Turf Festival lineup has been altered. The Matriarch, a one mile race for older fillies and mares, begins things on Nov. 26.
The $250,000 Citation, a Grade II which is for older horses and run at 1 1/16 miles, and the $100,000 Generous Stakes, a Grade III for 2-year-olds at one mile, will be run on Nov. 27.
Climaxing the Festival on Nov. 28 are the Hollywood Derby and $100,000 Miesque Stakes, a Grade III for 2-year-old fillies at one mile.
Four races absent from the 2009 Autumn stakes schedule have returned. The most significant of those is the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup. A Grade 1 at 1 ½ miles on the grass, the Turf Cup will be run on Saturday, Nov. 13.
The other three are the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday, Nov. 6, the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies on Sunday, Nov. 7 and the $55,000-added Playa Del Rey Stakes, an overnight race for older fillies and mares on Sunday, Nov. 14.
“We’re glad that we were able to bring the Hollywood Turf Cup, the Real Quiet and the Sharp Cat back as we are running a longer meet this year,’’ said Martin Panza, vice president-racing. “We’re once again happy to offer the Turf Cup. It is important to add a mile and a half turf race to the Southern California calendar.
“The Real Quiet and the Sharp Cat provide an opportunity for young horses to develop and offers a preview to both the Futurity and the Starlet.’’
The Autumn meet will begin with a night card (post time 7:05 p.m.) on Thursday, Nov. 4 and continue through Sunday, Dec. 19. The season comes on the heels of the first Oak Tree at Hollywood Park meet, which commences with night racing on Sept. 30 and concludes Oct. 31.
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