For this weekend’s Horse Racing Race of the Week, we return to Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California for the Grade: I, 2012 CashCall Futurity where He’s Had Enough, who gave probable two year old colt champion Shanghai Bobby all he could handle in the 2012 Breeders Cup Juvenile, and the undefeated Violence will spearhead a field of 11.
Scheduled for 1 1/16 miles, the CashCall Futurity, which offers a guaranteed purse of $750,000, will be run as the ninth race on an exciting 10 race card on Saturday.
Bob Baffert, who has won the CashCall Futurity three times in the last four years, will send out four horses in the year’s renewal. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Carving, Den’s Legacy, Really Mr Greely and Title Contender.
Other notes of interest on the Hollywood Park card on Saturday include the $250,000 Hollywood Park Turf Cup. The 1 ½ miles event, which will be run as the seventh race on the card, will feature Optimizer, who appears to have found a home on the grass, Grandeur, who will attempt to be the first three year old to win this race since Bien Bien (1992) and the perfectly named Grassy, who was second to Calidoscopio in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Marathon on Santa Anita main track, returns to his preferred surface in what looks to be a very competitive race.
What grabbed my attention the most on the CashCall undercard was entry of Eblouissante in the fourth race.
Eblouissante, a half sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, will be making her second start after eye popping 4 ½ length win in her debut on Nov. 16.
The mammoth dark bay filly will take on four others in a 1 1/16th miles allowance/optional claiming event. She will be once again be ridden byCorey Nakatani and will break from post 3.
In preparation for this race, Eblouissante went a half mile in :52 2/5 Dec. 2 and five furlongs in 1:00 3/5 on Dec 9.
In case you missed her debut…here it is again. Watch the three wide move on the far turn, it so reminds me of he big sister.
BetfairHollywoodPark – Saturday, December 15, 2012
Race 9 – 4:35 PM
CashCall Futurity (Grade I)
For Two Year Olds.
One And One Sixteenth Miles
He’s Had Enough
D F O’Neill
G K Gomez
M K Cho
T A Pletcher
W A Ward
Really Mr Greely
M E Smith
A T Gryder
C S Nakatani
D W Lukas
Analysis: (Once again I apologize as at this writing the morning line odds were not posted)
1) He’s Had Enough- cleverly named gray colt by Tapit comes from the same connections as I’ll Have Another (get it?…I’ll Have Another…He’s Had Enough.)
Anyway, this horse bursted onto the scene when he battled tooth and nail while coming up a head short to Shanghai Bobby in the Nov. 3 Breeders Cup Juvenile at (almost) 20-1 odds in his last
The problem is I’m not crazy about what he did before the Breeders Cup; I mean he never showed any signs of being this good. So, has he turned the corner in his career or is he one hit wonder?
I say he might be starting to get his act together. I mean think about it….you make an unbeaten, and (probable) champion have to run his eyeballs out to catch you in deep stretch in the biggest race in the country for two year old colts?…he has to earn respect with an effort like that.
2) Violence- another well named colt except this one is by Medaglia d’Oro and from the Todd Pletcher barn.
He started his career very nicely with a come from behind maiden win and followed that up with a two length score in the Grade: 2 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 4.
He certainly seems to have a bright future and if he wins Saturday afternoon I won’t be surprised.
Just a few things that bother me….a) He has to fly 3,000 miles to b) run over a foreign surface (synthetics) and c) albeit that Nashua win was impressive he did “lug in” several times down the stretch (a sign of immaturity).
3) Really Mr. Greeley is another who seems to be coming into his own and another from the Bob Baffert barn.
This colt has been mighty impressive in his last two races (Blew out high priced maiden claimers by 7 ½ lengths, then comes back wires the field in the Grade: 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes)
He shows a pair of :47.1 half mile works for this race too….but I’m just a little leery that this will be this horses’ first try at anything other than a sprint race. Assuming he can get the distance, he figures bang up in this race.
Carving- is a winner of three of his first four races for trainer Bob Baffert. I also like the facts that one of those wins came over this track and he is 2 for 2 over the synthetics surface This son of the gorgeous Any Given Saturday figures to sit a good stalking trip behind the early speed and make his run down the stretch….threat. Little Jerry I loved his “from out of nowhere” come from behind win in his racing debut, but I hate the maiden race straight into a Grade: 1 race jump….colt by Candy’s Ride has a chance if he can duplicate that maiden win….longshot possililty?
Record: 24-72= 33%
Little Bets N’ Pieces:
**** Trainer Mel Stute, who won three training titles at Betfair Hollywood Park and where he ranks seventh on the all-time list with 575 wins, was resting comfortably at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on the morning of Dec. 8 after falling in his home the night before.
“He bumped his head pretty hard and there was a little bleeding into the brain,” said Stute’s wife, Annabelle. “He’s coherent and talking to the doctors and nurses. So far, so good, but they’re going to do a CAT scan just to be sure.”
In my mind Stute, 85, will best be remembered for his one liner after the 1986 Kentucky Derby.
Upon greeting Snow Chief, who was sent off at even money favorite in the that race but finished eleventh in a 16 horse field, Stute playfully grabbed the reins and said “come here….you little stinker.”
Mel Stute and Snow Chief
**** 2012 Florida Derby winner Take Charge Indy, who finished second to Shackleford in last month’s Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, will return to training in 2013 according to trainer Pat Byrne
Take Charge Indy will winter and train in South Florida for his 4-year-old campaign. His first targeted race appears to be the Feb. 9 Donn Handicap at GulfstreamPark.
“We’re extremely excited to bring back Take Charge Indy as a 4-year-old, and really look forward to big things to come,” Byrne said. “He is just now rounding back into top form, and we believe he can be a leading older horse in 2013. His Clark performance gives us a lot of confidence going forward, and he couldn’t have bounced out of that race any better than he did. We’ll go down to Palm Meadows again for the winter and target him for the Donn (Handicap)”
The good looking Take Charge Indy will return in 2013
**** 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is on schedule to make his 2013 debut in the Feb. 9 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap after an easy Dec. 11 half-mile work of :52.3 at Palm Meadows Training Center.
“He went easy; it was around the ‘dogs, so the time is a little bit deceiving,” trainer Graham Motion said. “The idea was to give him a nice, comfortable first breeze back. He’s had some down time since Breeders’ Cup”.
“I was a lot more relaxed about it than the last time I worked him, which was right before the Breeders’ Cup (where he ran a huge 2nd behind Horse of the Year candidate Wise Dan). It was a lot more pleasurable to watch,” Motion added. “I’m glad to get him back on track and start back up with the process. He’d been on such a tight schedule for the Breeders’ Cup; I wanted to give him a little bit of time to get over it.”
I say huge 2nd because he was coming off an eight-month layoff in the Breeders Cup due to an injury to his left hind leg discovered after his allowance at at GulfstreamPark Feb. 18.
Motion and owner Team Valor hope to use the Gulfstream Park Turf as a prep for the $10 million Dubai World Cup in March.
Also of note, John Messara’s Arrowfield Stud has purchased a majority interest in the breeding rights to Animal Kingdom, who will begin his stud career in Australia next September and likely shuttle to the Northern Hemisphere beginning in 2014
I wish I had the frequent flyer miles Animal Kingdom (pictured) will be racking up over the next several months
**** The 42nd annual Eclipse Awards, presented by Daily Racing Form, the Breeders’ Cup and The Stronach Group, will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Gulfstream Park Racetrack and Casino in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
**** Awesome Feather, winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old filly of 2010, has been retired from racing and will join the broodmare band of Frank Stronach’s Adena Springs near Paris, Ky. Breeding plans have not yet been finalized.
“Working for Bobby (Frankel) I was around several of the Stronach’s best runners and Awesome Feather was right up there with the best of them,” trainer Chad Brown said in a release. “She is a rare horse to overcome a tendon injury like she did and maintain top form. She is truly special.”
Awesome Feather retires with a record of 10 victories from 11 starts and earnings of $1,912,746.