Mastery, who is undefeated in two starts for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, will stretch out and step up in the $ 300,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity Saturday at Los Alamitos.
The race for 2-year-olds is part of a Grade I doubleheader on the third day of the Winter meet. The Futurity will be preceded by the $ 300,000-guaranteed Starlet for 2-year-old fillies. Both will be run at 1 1/16 miles.
Post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. The Futurity is the sixth of nine races and has an approximate post time of 3 p.m. while the Starlet goes about one hour later as race eight.
Won previously by stars such as Snow Chief, A.P. Indy, Best Pal, Real Quiet, Point Given, Lookin At Lucky, Shared Belief and Dortmund, the CashCall Futurity is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series. Saturday’s winner will receive 10 points towards securing a spot in the starting gate May 6, 2017 at Churchill Downs.
The Starlet, whose past winners include Althea, Very Subtle, Goodbye Halo, Sardula, Serena’s Song, Surfside, Blind Luck and Take Charge Brandi, is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” series. The winner Saturday will receive 10 points towards earning a berth in the Kentucky Oaks next May 5 in Louisville.
There will also be a Los Alamitos holiday ornament giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last.
Owned by Cheyenne Stables LLC, Mastery, a $ 425,000 purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2015, defeated maidens by 4 ¼ lengths in his Oct. 22 debut at Santa Anita, then stretched out an eighth of a mile to win the Grade III Bob Hope by 1 ¼ lengths Nov. 19 at Del Mar, completing the seven furlongs in 1:23.32.
A son of Candy Ride and the Old Trieste mare Steady Course, Mastery has earned $ 91,200. He prepped for the CashCall Futurity with a 1:12.80 drill Nov. 30, the best of seven works at six furlongs that morning at Santa Anita.
Baffert, who has won both renewals of the Futurity at Los Alamitos – Dortmund (2014) and Mor Spirit a year ago to give him a record eight overall in a race that was previously run at Hollywood Park (1981-2013) – will also be represented Saturday by Show Me Da Lute.
Owned by breeders Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the Midnight Lute colt was a first out winner at the Futurity distance Oct. 29. Out of the multiple graded stakes winning mare Tough Tiz’s Sis, Show Me Da Lute prevailed by nearly two lengths and banked $ 31,200.
Owned by Gary Hartunian’s Rockingham Ranch and trained by Peter Miller, who won the 2010 CashCall Futurity with Comma to the Top, Bobby Abu Dhabi was supplemented to the Futurity for $ 10,000 after a first out victory Nov. 19.
A Macho Uno colt out of the Saint Ballado mare Wallena, Bobby Abu Dhabi won by a head at 6 ½ furlongs two races after Mastery’s Bob Hope score, completing the distance in 1:17.10. The win was worth $ 31,200.
Trainer Doug O’Neill, who is looking for his first victory in the Futurity, will saddle Dangerfield and the maiden Irap, who was also supplemented for $ 10,000.
Dangerfield finished four lengths behind Hot Sean when third in the Delta Jackpot and his win came in the Oak Tree Juvenile Oct. 1 at Oak Tree/Pleasanton.
A Tiznow colt out of the Storm Cat mare Silken Cat, Irap will be trying dirt for the first time after finishing third and fourth in two races on turf at Santa Anita and Del Mar. Irap has earned $ 9,360 for Reddam Racing LLC.
From inside out, the field for the 36th Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity: Dangerfield, Drayden Van Dyke rides, 120 pounds; Bobby Abu Dhabi, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 120; Mastery, Mike Smith, 120; Show Me Da Lute, Martin Garcia, 120 and Irap, Mario Gutierrez, 120.
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