INGLEWOOD, Calif. (November 7, 2012)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will seek his second consecutive win in the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes when he saddles Carving Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Restricted to 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Real Quiet is a prep for the $750,000 guaranteed, Grade I CashCall Futurity, which will be run Saturday, Dec. 15. Named in honor of the 1998 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and 1999 Hollywood Gold Cup champion, the Real Quiet is the third of nine races Saturday. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates will open at 10 a.m.
The Pick Six pool will also be guaranteed at $150,000. This will hold true each Saturday throughout the Autumm meet, which wraps Dec. 16. Should the pool reach $200,000, food and drink Happy Hour specials will be available at Whittingham’s Pub.
Additionally, a single winning Pick Six ticket –purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG) – will earn a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius- courtesy of South Bay Toyota.
Owned by Baffert’s wife Jill and renowned skier Bode Miller, Carving has won two of three. The son of Any Given Saturday and the Giant’s Causeway mare has earned $69,900.
After defeating $80,000 maidens in his Aug. 23 debut at Del Mar, Carving won the C.B. Afflerbaugh Stakes at Fairplex Park Sept. 12 before suffering his first defeat in the Grade I Front Runner Stakes Sept. 29 at Santa Anita.
In his first start at the Real Quiet distance, Carving, who was purchased for $55,000 earlier this year, finished fourth, 10 ½ lengths behind stablemate Power Broker.
Baffert, who won the Real Quiet last year with eventual CashCall Futurity winner Liaison, is trying to become the first trainer to take this race twice.
The other two time winners in the field – Fury Kapcori and Glenco Kid – enter off victories outside Southern California.
Owned by Rick Awtrey, George Todaro and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori picked up both of his wins in Northern California. The Tiznow colt out of the Go for Gin mare Gin Running followed a six length maiden score at Golden Gate Fields Aug. 18 with a 1 ¼ length victory in the Charlie Palmer Futurity Oct. 6 at Fresno.
The one-mile Palmer was Fury Kapcori’s initial try around two turns for Hollendorfer, who won the 2008 Real Quiet with Chocolate Candy. The bay has earned $61,000.
Trained by Troy Taylor for Mark DeDomenico LLC and North American Thoroughbred Racing, Glenco Kid easily captured the Ascot Grad in the slop at Hastings Park in Vancouver Oct. 14.
A son of Repent out of the Wavering Monarch mare Wavering Girl, Glenco Kid has won half of his starts and banked $72,332. His maiden win came Aug. 4 at Arlington Park.
An impressive maiden winner in his turf debut Oct. 6 at Santa Anita, Avare returns to a synthetic surface for Majestic Racing Stable LLC and RAP Racing and trainer Doug O’Neill.
A Johannesburg ridgling out of the Robellino mare V Sign, Avare has earned $32,400 in two races. He finished fourth in his Sept. 2 debut over Del Mar’s Polytrack.
The well-traveled Simon Eyes will make his California debut after winning by 4 ¼ lengths against maidens Oct. 6 at Keeneland.
Owned by Ice Wine Stable and trained by Wesley Ward, the Street Hero gelding out of the Saint Ballado mare Eastside Ballad is 1-for-3 with earnings of $44,532. Betfair Hollywood Park will be the fourth different track at which the Kentucky bred has run. Prior to his win at Keeneland, Simon Eyes competed at Belmont Park and Saratoga.
Ninth of 11 in the Front Runner, Dirty Swagg will be seeking his second victory for owner, breeder and trainer Myung Kwon Cho. The Street Hero ridlging out of the Tabasco Cat mare Diversa is 1-for-5 with a bankroll of $44,400. He upset maidens going one mile Sept. 1 at Del Mar.
Last of five in the Charlie Palmer Futurity, Ebony Gold returns to Southern California for owner-trainer Bobby Wayne Grayson. The E Dubai gelding out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Bella Signora has one win in three attempts and earnings of $18,750. He defeated $32,000 maidens in his Sept. 7 debut at Fairplex.
From inside out, the field for the 7th Real Quiet Stakes: Glenco Kid, Mario Gutierrez rides, 119 pounds; Ebony Gold, Agapito Delgadillo, 115; Fury Kapcori, Joe Talamo, 119; Carving, Martin Garcia, 119; Simon Eyes, Julio Garcia, 117; Dirty Swagg, Tyler Baze, 117 and Avare, Garrett Gomez, 117.
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