INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 11, 2013)—Four trainers will send out eight of the 13 runners entered in the 33rd CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Scheduled at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the CashCall Futurity, a Grade I for 2-year-olds with a guaranteed purse of $750,000, headlines the Saturday program.
The 10-race card also includes two other graded events – the Grade II, $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles and the Grade III, $150,000 Native Diver Stakes at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track.
The Futurity goes as the ninth race, the Turf Cup is the third and the Native Diver is the seventh. Post time is 12:30 p.m. Track gates at Betfair Hollywood Park will open at 9:55 a.m. for simulcasts.
Additionally, the next-to-last Saturday of the final 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 and Betfair Players’ Lounge.
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 new Prius courtesy of Toyota of Orange.
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, winner of the 1988 Futurity with King Glorious and runner-up – Fury Kapcori (2012) and Rousing Sermon (2011) – the last two renewals, will be represented Saturday by Shared Belief and Tamarando.
Owned by a partnership that includes radio and television personality Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC, Alex Solis II and Hollendorfer, Shared Belief is perfect in two starts around one turn with earnings of $76,200.
The gelded son of Candy Ride and the Storm Cat mare was purchased privately after defeating maidens by seven lengths in his Oct. 19 debut at Golden Gate Fields.
In his first start for his new connections, Shared Belief won the Grade III Hollywood Prevue Nov. 10 by 7 ¾ lengths, showing impressive acceleration as he drew away in the stretch.
A California bred son of Bertrando and the Dehere mare Tamarack Bay, Tamarando is already a Grade I winner for Hollendorfer and owner-breeders Larry and Marianne Williams, capturing the Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4.
After finishing third in a pair of races at Santa Anita – including the Grade I FrontRunner Stakes – Tamarando won the Real Quiet Nov. 23 in his return to Betfair Hollywood Park. The victory was his third in seven starts and pushed his bankroll to $355,120.
If Tamarando his successful Saturday, he would become the third horse to win the Real Quiet and CashCall Futurity, joining Liaison (2011) and the recently-retired Comma to the Top (2010).
Rankhasprivileges and Sheikinator have both been supplemented for $15,000 – with an additional $15,000 to start – by trainer Ken McPeek.
Owned by McPeek’s family’s Magdalena Racing, Rankhasprivileges, a son of Einstein and the Mr. Prospector mare Scrape, has one win in two starts and earnings of $133,600.
The ridgling finished third in the Grade III Delta Jackpot Nov. 23 at Delta Downs after defeating maidens by 1 ¼ lengths Oct. 20 at Keeneland.
A son of Curlin and the Dixie Union mare Im a Dixie Girl owned by Magic City Thoroughbred Partners, Sheikinator is also 1-for-2 and has earned $35,800. He was runner-up Oct. 4 at Keeneland before winning against seven opponents at the CashCall distance Nov. 16 at Churchill Downs.
Trainer John Sadler will send out the duo of Candy Boy and Kobe’s Back for Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable.
A colt by Candy Ride and the In Excess mare She’s an Eleven, Candy Ride has one win in four starts – 8 ¼ lengths over maidens in his BHP debut Nov. 22 – and earnings of $45,600.
Winner of the Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes in his initiation June 15, Kobe’s Back was second as the 9-10 favorite in his return in the Prevue. The gray son of Flatter and the Well Decorated mare Well has banked $80,000.
The Craig Dollase barn will be represented by Brother Soldier and Karma King.
A son of Brother Derek, who won the 2005 Futurity, and the Bertrando mare Desert Drama, Brother Soldier has one win in three starts and earnings of $37,800 for J K Racing LLC. He was third in the Prevue in his first local appearance.
Third in the Real Quiet, Karma King has banked $62,800 while winning once in three outings for J K Racing LLC, Brewer Racing Stable and Chris Ewing. He’s a son of Pure Prize and the Unbridled’s Song mare Unbridled Princess.
Fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile won by stablemate New Year’s Day, Tap It Rich will try to add to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s record six CashCall Futurity wins.
Owned by Fog City Stable, the Tapit ridgling and the Mr. Prospector mare Gold Canyon has earned $88,800 in two starts. He broke his maiden by 4 ¼ lengths Oct. 12 at Santa Anita prior to the BC Juvenile.
Owner and founder of CashCall, the consumer loans company which has sponsored the Futurity since 2007, J. Paul Reddam will have two starters – Bond Holder and Electric Eddie – in the race.
A Mineshaft colt and the Conquistador Cielo mare Cielo Girl, Bond Holder has one win in six starts and earnings of $306,000. His sole victory for trainer Doug O’Neill came in the FrontRunner.
Electric Eddie is a maiden after five races for trainer Ben Cecil. Second in both the Golden State Juvenile for California breds and the Real Quiet, the Square Eddie colt out of the Gilded Time mare Electric Daze has earned $65,630.
Poker Player, who was also supplemented, switches surfaces for owners Gary and Mary West and trainer Wayne Catalano after finishing eighth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Nov. 1.
The gray son of Harlan’s Holiday and the Red Bullet mare Revel in the Win has won two of four and earned $145,900.
In his only race over a synthetic track, Poker Player, who was 23-1, won the Grade III Bourbon Stakes Oct. 6 – which was originally scheduled for turf – over the Polytrack at Keeneland.
Owned by trainer Myung Kwon Cho, Even Echo has failed to hit the board in six starts. The son of Street Hero, whose best finish was a fifth against maidens, is a son of Street Hero and the Stephen Got Even mare Reba Got Even mare. He has banked $2,750.
From inside out, the field for the CashCall Futurity: Electric Eddie, Agapito Delgadillo rides, 121 pounds; Tamarando, Rafael Bejarano, 121; Bond Holder, Mario Gutierrez, 121; Candy Boy, Gary Stevens, 121; Tap It Rich, Mike Smith, 121; Shared Belief, Corey Nakatani, 121; Even Echo, Felipe Martinez, 121; Brother Soldier, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Karma King, Joe Talamo, 121; Poker Player, Victor Espinoza, 121; Sheikinator, Robby Albarado, 121; Rankhasprivileges, Martin Garcia, 121 and Kobe’s Back, Joel Rosario, 121.
In the Hollywood Turf Cup, Lucayan will try to rebound from a subpar performance in the Grade I Canadian International over a yielding course Oct. 27 at Woodbine.
Trained by Hall of Famer Neil Drysdale for Pandora Stud, Lucayan is seeking his first win in his seventh start in North America.
The French bred son of Turtle Bowl and the Grand Lodge mare La Vitava has hit the board in three graded events for Drysdale, including a second behind Obviously in the Grade II American Handicap May 25.
The well-traveled Temeraine will be making his initial appearance in California for owner-breeder Niall Racing and trainer Tom Proctor.
The 4-year-old Arch gelding and the Known Fact mare Lonely Fact has won five of 17 and banked $455,629. He was fifth in the Canadian International in his most recent start.
Woodbine is one of seven tracks where Temeraine has competed, following Tampa Bay Downs, Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Arlington Park, Kentucky Downs and Gulfstream Park.
Artic North returns to California after splitting the field in the Grade III Red Smith Handicap Nov. 16 at Aqueduct.
Trained by Peter Miller for Wachtel Stable and Leonard Friedman, the 4-year-old North Light gelding and the Royal Academy mare Ms Isadorable has won twice in five races and earned $80,935.
Winless in 14 starts in 2013, Huntsville will stretch to 12 furlongs for the first time since finishing last in the Grade II San Luis Rey March 16.
Owned by co-breeder Madeline Auerbach and trainer Barry Abrams, who won the 2010 Turf Cup with Unusual Suspect, the 4-year-old gelded son of Unusual Heat and the Jade Hunter mare Lethal Hunter has won three of 35 and earned $281,271.
Segway will step into a graded race for the first time in his career for owner-breeders Alain and Gerard Wertheimer and Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.
The 4-year-old Giant’s Causeway gelding out of the Seattle Slew mare Slow Down steps up after winning an optional claimer by 1 ½ lengths Oct. 27 at Santa Anita.
Mandella is seeking his fourth win in the Turf Cup, having won previously with The Hague (1982), Lazy Lode (1999) and Boboman (2006).
Irish Surf is wheeling back in 13 days for Thor-Bred Stable and breeder Gaineway Farm after trailing in the Grade I Hollywood Derby.
Trained by Dan Hendricks, the 3-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway and the Seattle Slew mare Surfside has won twice in 13 starts and earned $121,860.
From inside out, the field for the 31st Hollywood Turf Cup: Artic North, Joe Talamo rides, 120 pounds; Irish Surf, Jose Valdivia, Jr., 116; Segway, Mike Smith, 120; Huntsville, Corey Nakatani, 120; Temeraine, Gary Stevens, 122 and Lucayan, Joel Rosario, 120.
Setsuko, who was second in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap in 2011 and 2012, will make his first start as a 6-year-old in the Native Diver.
Trained by Mandella for the Wertheimers, who bred the gelding in Kentucky, the son of Pleasantly Perfect has been away since finishing 3 ½ lengths behind Ron the Greek in the Big `Cap March 3 of last year.
Out of the Mr. Prospector mare Dance With Grace, Setsuko has won twice in 18 starts and banked $656,486. He earned his maiden win over Cushion Track Dec. 17, 2009.
A Saturday victory would add to Mandella’s record total in the Native Diver. His seventh – and most recent – win came with Olmodavor in 2003.
Baffert, who won the 2012 Native Diver with Game On Dude, will try for a repeat with Drill.
Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the 4-year-old Lawyer Ron colt out of the Storm Cat mare Cat Dancer has won four of 20 and earned $497,862. He’s lost nine in a row since taking the Grade III Lazaro Barrera Memorial over Cushion Track May 12, 2012.
The last trainer to win the Native Diver in consecutive years was Mandella. He won three times in a row with Gentlemen (1996), Refinado Tom (1997) and Puerto Madero (1998).
Rousing Sermon stretches out for owner-breeders Larry and Marianne Williams and Hollendorfer, who won this race in 2007 with Heatseeker, after winning the On Trust at 7 ½ furlongs against California breds Nov. 24.
Runner-up in the 2011 CashCall Futurity, the 4-year-old Lucky Pulpit colt out of the Awesome Again mare Rousing Again has won five of 23 and earned $687,842.
Hollendorfer will also saddle Blueskiesnrainbows for Bad Boy Racing, LLC and Whizway Farms and Hear the Ghost.
It will be the first start for Blueskiesnrainbows since he finished second behind London Bridge in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon Nov. 1.
Bred in Virginia by Edward Evans, the 4-year-old son of English Channel and the Deputy Minister mare Cho Cho San has won five of 21 and banked $459,552. Two of his wins have come at Betfair Hollywood Park, including the Grade II Swaps in 2012 when he was trained by Baffert.
Hear the Ghost finished second in an optional claimer Nov. 7 in his first start since winning the Grade II San Felipe Stakes eight months earlier.
Owned by Hollendorfer and Halo Farms, the 3-year-old Ghostzapper gelding and the Coronado’s Quest mare Rehear has won twice in four starts and earned $232,800.
Slim Shadey will be making his synthetic surface debut in his 32nd lifetime start.
Trained by Simon Callaghan for owner-breeder Phil Cunningham, the 5-year-old Val Royal gelding out of the Chief’s Crown mare Vino Veritas has won five times and banked $623,064 on turf.
Soi Phet returns to graded company after finishing fourth in the Big Bear Stakes Oct. 31.
A 5-year-old Tizbud gelding out of the Siberian Summer mare Summer Jersey, Soi Phet has five wins in 22 races and earnings of $266,526.
The California bred has picked up most of that bankroll and four of the victories since being claimed for $16,000 May 23 by trainer Leonard Powell for a partnership that includes Gerald Benowitz and Sandra Powell.
Like Drill, Mobilized will be trying to end a nine-race losing streak for Double JH Stable, Inc. and the Estate of breeder Robert Reseigne.
The 7-year-old son of Soul of the Matter and the Red Ransom mare Valleyofthebells hasn’t won since capturing the Tiznow Stakes by 7 ¼ lengths April 28, 2012.
Mobilized, who has six wins in 31 stars and a bankroll of $427,840, could become the oldest winner in Native Diver history. Seven 6-year-olds have won with Saint Stephen the most recent in 2006.
Fire With Fire returns to Southern California for David Heerensperger and Drysdale, who won this race in 1982 with Native Tactics, after finishing third in the Grade III Berkeley Handicap Nov. 29 at Golden Gate.
The 5-year-old gelded son of Distorted Humor and the Capote mare Cosmic Fire has won four of 27 and has a bankroll of $347,644. He has never competed over Cushion Track.
From inside out, the field for the 35th Native Diver Stakes: Blueskiesnrainbows, Martin Pedroza rides, 119 pounds; Slim Shadey, Edwin Maldonado, 121; Setsuko, Victor Espinoza, 117; Drill, Mike Smith, 117; Soi Phet, Joel Rosario, 117; Mobilized, Gary Stevens, 117; Rousing Sermon, Rafael Bejarano, 117 and Hear the Ghost, Corey Nakatani, 118.
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