Baffert could start four in CashCall Futurity
As usual, trainer Bob Baffert has his sights set on the Grade 1, $750,000 CashCall Futurity, which is expected to draw a near capacity field for its 32nd running on Saturday at Hollywood Park.
The Hall of Fame conditioner, who has won three of the last four Futurities, including the 2011 edition with Liaison, is expected to start four, though final plans and rider assignments for the race, which will be run at 1 1/16 miles over the Cushion Track, will be cemented in the next couple of days.
The "final four" of his 26 nominations are Carving, winner of the Real Quiet Stakes on November 10; Den's Legacy, who captured the Grade 3 Generous on turf November 24; Really Mr Greely, upset winner of the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue on November 22; and Title Contender, who set the pace while making his stakes bow in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile before fading to eighth on November 3.
Shipping in from New York will be unbeaten Violence, trained by Todd Pletcher. The Medaglia d'Oro colt was a debut winner at Saratoga on August 18 before an easy victory in the Grade 2 Nashua at Aqueduct on November 4.
He's Had Enough, beaten a head at 19-1 by Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, has J. Paul Reddam, Doug O'Neill and Mario Gutierrez thinking about another Triple Crown run. The connections won this year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness with I'll Have Another, who was retired with an injury prior to the Belmont Stakes.
Ken McPeek, who shipped Pure Fun to Hollywood Park for an emphatic victory in Saturday's Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet, has two possibilities for the CashCall -- Bold Challenger, an impressive maiden winner on November 2 at Churchill Downs, and Boundless Heart, a developing son of Elusive Quality.
Other probable starters are Oxbow, a 4 3/4-length maiden winner at Churchill Downs on November 25 for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, and Little Jerry, who posted a stunning $53.80 debut victory for trainer Richard Baltas on November 18. Also expected are Fury Kapcori and Dirty Swagg, the second- and third-place finishers, respectively, in the Real Quiet.
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