INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 12, 2012)—Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the CashCall Futurity three times in the last four years, will send out four 2-year-olds in quest of another victory in the Grade I Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Scheduled at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the CashCall Futurity, which offers a guaranteed purse of $750,000, tops a 10-race program that also features the Grade II, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles.
The Futurity goes as the ninth race while the Turf Cup is the seventh. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 10 a.m. for simulcasts.
Additionally, the final Saturday of the Autumn meet will feature a Pick Six pool that is guaranteed at $150,000. Should the pool exceed $200,000, $1 food and drink Happy Hour specials will be available at Whittingham’s Pub. The $200,000 figure has easily been topped through the first five weeks of the season.
Should be there a single winning Pick Six ticket – purchased either at Betfair Hollywood Park or through Television Games Network (TVG) – the ticketholder will earn a bonus – a 2013 Toyota Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
Baffert, who has won the Futurity a record six times, will be represented by Carving, Den’s Legacy, Really Mr Greely and Title Contender.
Owned by Baffert’s wife Jill and renowned skier Bode Miller, Carving, who is being supplemented at a total cost of $30,000, is already a stakes winner at the meet. The son of Any Given Saturday and the Giant’s Causeway mare In Seconds won the Real Quiet Nov. 10.
The victory was the third in four starts for Carving, who has earned $129,900.
Den’s Legacy and Really Mr Greely have also won stakes – both Grade III’s – during the current season at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Owned by Westrock Stables LLC, Den’s Legacy rallied to win the Generous on turf Nov. 24. The win was the second in seven outings for the son of Medaglia d’Oro and the War Chant mare Sunshine Song and increased his earnings to $161,350.
A Horse Greeley colt out of the Forest Camp mare Mattie Camp, Really Mr Greely won the Hollywood Prevue Nov. 22 as an 11-1 outsider. The victory was the second in three starts for the dark bay, who is owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman. He’s earned $85,620 for a partnership that won the 2009 CashCall Futurity with Lookin At Lucky.
Owned by Gary and Mary West, Title Contender will be making his Cushion Track debut after finishing eighth of nine in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.
A son of the recently deceased Pulpit out of the Roy mare Winter Garden, Title Contender is 1-for-3 with a bankroll of $36,600.
After missing by a neck to Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, He’s Had Enough will make his local debut for Reddam Racing LLC and trainer Doug O’Neill.
A gray son of Tapit and the Dixieland Band mare Amelia, He’s Had Enough finished 2 ¼ lengths in front of Capo Bastone when 19-1 in the Juvenile. He’s Had Enough is 1-for-4 with a bankroll of $403,000.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who won the first of his four Futurities with Stalwart in the inaugural running in 1981, will send out recent maiden winner Oxbow.
Owned by Bluegrass Hall LLC, the son of Awesome Again and the Cee’s Tizzy mare Tizamazing graduated by 4 ¾ lengths in his fourth start Nov. 25 at Churchill Downs. Oxbow has banked $37,500.
Lukas’ most recent Futurity success came with Tactical Cat in 1998. His other winners were Tejano (1987) and Grand Canyon (1989).
The undefeated Violence will make his third start for Black Rock Stables LLP and trainer Todd Pletcher. A Medaglia d’Oro colt out of the Gone West mare Violent Beauty, Violence followed a debut win at Saratoga Aug. 18 with a two length triumph in the Grade II Nashua Stakes Nov. 4 at Aqueduct. He’s earned $168,000.
Fury Kapcori, Dirty Swagg and Simon Eyes, the 2-3-4 finishers in the Real Quiet, will return in the Futurity.
Owned by a partnership that includes Rick Awtrey, George Todaro and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Fury Kapcori has won two of four and earned $81,000. The Kentucky bred is by Tiznow out of the Go for Gin mare Gin Running.
Bred, owned and trained by Myung Kwon Cho, Dirty Swagg is a son of Street Hero out of the Tabasco Cat mare Diversa. He’s 1-for-6 with a bankroll of $56,400.
A gelded son of Street Hero out of the Saint Ballado mare Eastside Ballad, Simon Eyes has one win in four starts for trainer Wesley Ward. He’s earned $50,532 for Ice Wine Stable.
Dismissed at nearly 26-1 in his debut Nov. 18, Little Jerry won by a neck at the Futurity distance. The son of Candy Ride and the Storm Creek mare Missannalouise earned $27,000 for Jaam Racing Inc. and Riley Racing Stable and trainer Richard Baltas.
From inside out, the field for the 32nd CashCall Futurity: He’s Had Enough, Mario Gutierrez rides, 121 pounds; Den’s Legacy, Garrett Gomez, 121; Dirty Swagg, Tyler Baze, 121; Carving, Martin Garcia, 121; Fury Kapcori, Joe Talamo, 121; Violence, Javier Castellano, 121; Simon Eyes, Victor Espinoza, 121; Really Mr Greely, Mike Smith, 121; Title Contender, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Little Jerry, Aaron Gryder and Oxbow, Corey Nakatani, 121.
Runner-up as the favorite in the Grade I Hollywood Derby Nov. 25, Grandeur will try to become the first 3-year-old since Bien Bien in 1992 to win the Hollywood Turf Cup.
Trained by Jeremy Noseda for owner Yvonne Jacques, Grandeur finished 1 ½ lengths behind Unbridled Command in the Derby after winning the Grade II Twilight Derby in his United States debut Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.
The Irish bred son of Verglas and the Desert Sun mare Misskinta has won five of 11 and earned $248,438. The gray gelding will be trying 12 furlongs for the first time Saturday.
Second behind Sanagas in the 2011 renewal, Bourbon Bay will try to provide Hall of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale with his first Turf Cup victory.
A gelded son of Sligo Bay and the Conquistador Cielo mare Coral Necklace, the 6-year-old has won nine of 27 and banked $968,536 for owner David Heerensperger. He’s yet to win over the Betfair Hollywood Park grass course, but has been second or third in five of his six losses.
Drysdale and Heerensperger will also be represented by Fire With Fire, a 4-year-old gelded son of Distorted Humor and the Capote mare Cosmic Fire. The gray has won twice in 16 starts while earning $177,444.
Runner-up to Acclamation in the Grade I Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap June 9 in his lone start over the local grass, Slim Shadey will try to rebound from a dull performance in last month’s Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Eighth in the Grade I at Santa Anita, the 4-year-old Val Royal gelding out of the Chief’s Crown mare Vino Veritas has won four of 23. Owned by Phil Cunningham and trained by Simon Callaghan, Slim Shadey has a bankroll of $508,600.
Optimizer will be making his third start since Nov. 3 for Lukas and breeder Bluegrass Hall LLC.
The 3-year-old English Channel colt out of the A.P. Indy mare Indy Pick finished fifth in the Grade III River City Handicap Nov. 25 at Churchill Downs 22 days after finishing 11th of 12 in the Breeders’ Cup Turf.
A winner of three – all on turf – of 18, Optimizer has earned $431,942. His only graded victory came in the Grade III Kent Sept. 22 at Delaware Park.
Kindergarden Kid, who split the field in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, will be making his second start for trainer Peter Miller. Owned by Colleen and Kevin Bamford and David Bernsen, the 5-year-old Dynaformer gelding out of the Dixieland Band mare Amelia – making him a half-brother to CashCall Futurity contender He’s Had Enough – has won five of 22 and banked $338,959.
He won the Grade III Sycamore Oct. 18 at Keeneland at the Turf Cup distance. Kindergarden Kid has been worse than third once in four attempts at the trip.
Second to Calidoscopio in the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Marathon on the Santa Anita main track Nov. 2, Grassy returns to his preferred surface for owners Button Stable, George Hicker and former trainer Gary Jones.
Trained by Jones’ son Marty, Grassy has won five of 20 and banked $573,624. The 6-year-old gray son of El Prado and the Rousillon mare High Savannah has lost five in a row since taking the Grade II Bowling Green Handicap Sept. 10, 2011 at Belmont Park when in the barn of Christophe Clement.
Interaction, who won a Group I at 12 furlongs in his native Argentina three years ago, will get more yardage for Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally after finishing last in the Grade II Citation Handicap Nov. 23.
Owned by Pozo de Luna, Interaction, a 6-year-old Easing Along horse out of the Ride the Rails mare Inter Rails, is 6-for-19 with earnings of $535,463.
He’s lost nine of 10 since taking the Gran Premio Carlos Pellegrini by three lengths Sept. 12, 2009 at San Isidro. McAnally won the 1983 Turf Cup with the legendary John Henry.
Idle since an optional claiming victory Aug. 19 at Del Mar, Tiz Gianni will make his first appearance in a graded race for Desert Sun Stables and trainer John Shirreffs. The 4-year-old Giacomo colt out of the Jade Hunter mare Tizprecious has won three of 12 and earned $118,750.
Private Affair will try to become only the second female winner – Miss Alleged defeated a field that included Itsallgreektome and Quest For Fame in 1991 – for Green Grass Stable and trainer Angel Rodriguez.
A 5-year-old Peruvian bred daughter of Privately Held and the Apprentice mare Adorada, Private Affair has four wins in 11 races and earnings of $206,753. She won a $54,880 allowance against her own sex Nov. 22 in her first start at Betfair Hollywood Park.
From inside out, the field for the 30th Hollywood Turf Cup: Interaction, Joe Talamo rides, 118 pounds; Optimizer, Corey Nakatani, 118; Slim Shadey, Victor Espinoza, 124; Grandeur, Garrett Gomez, 120; Fire With Fire, Martin Garcia, 120; Grassy, Rafael Bejarano, 124; Bourbon Bay, Mike Smith, 124; Tiz Gianni, David Flores, 120; Private Affair, Brice Blanc, 117 and Kindergarden Kid, Javier Castellano, 122.
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