Mastery, who has been brilliant in the first two starts of his career for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, is scheduled to try two turns for the first time in the $ 300,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity.
The Futurity is part of a Grade I doubleheader for 2-year-olds Saturday, Dec. 10 at Los Alamitos, which will begin its eight-day Winter thoroughbred meet Thursday, Dec. 8.
The program will also include the $ 300,000-guaranteed Starlet for fillies. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles.
Owned by Cheyenne Stables LLC, Mastery, a son of Candy Ride and the Old Trieste mare Steady Course, 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 seven-furlong Bob Hope, toying with a Grade III field that included multiple stakes winner California Diamond.
Purchased for $ 425,000 at the Keeneland September sale in 2015, Mastery, who has earned $ 91,200, could provide Baffert with a third consecutive win in the Futurity since the race was moved to Los Alamitos from the now-closed Hollywood Park. He won the 2014 renewal with Dortmund, who edged Firing Line and Mr. Z, and scored with Mor Spirit a year ago.
Baffert could also be represented by Hot Sean, runner-up in the Grade III Delta Jackpot – at the CashCall Futurity distance – Nov. 19 at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. A son of Flatter owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Hot Sean has won twice in four starts and banked $ 255,000.
Doug O’Neill, who shared the training title with Baffert at the Los Angeles County Fair meet at Los Alamitos in September, could be represented by Dangerfield, who was third in the Delta Jackpot, and Secret House, runner-up to Hot Sean in an optional claimer Oct. 27 at Santa Anita.
A possibility to be supplemented for $ 10,000 is Bobby Abu Dhabi, a first out winner for Rockingham Ranch Nov. 19. The son of Macho Uno and the Saint Ballado mare Wadena is trained by Peter Miller.
Possibles for the Starlet, which was won a year ago by Street Fancy, include Unique Bella, an impressive 10 ¼ length maiden winner Nov. 26 for Don Alberto Stable and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, the Baffert-trained American Gal, who was third after an eventful trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Nov. 5, and O’Neill-trained maiden winners Sandy’s Surprise and Go On Mary.
Union Strike, the 7-1 winner of the Grade I Del Mar Debutante before finishing sixth in the BC Juvenile Fillies, could be supplemented to the Starlet for $ 10,000. The Union Rags filly is trained by Craig Dollase for Ruis Racing LLC.
Entries for the Starlet and Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 7.
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