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HRN Original Blog:
Zipse At The Track

Is Violence the answer in the CashCall Futurity?

In the wake of two recent shows of Violence at a pair of New York racetracks, a warning for more of the same has been issued to Betfair Hollywood Park on Saturday for the Grade 1 CashCall Furturity. At stake is not only the well-being of the other horses’ confidence and good racing records, but also the lion’s share of the $750,000 purse.

 

Violence, by Medaglia d'Oro, and out of the Gone West mare, Violent Beauty, has demonstrated no signs of remorse after treating badly more than a dozen victims so far back east. Acting under direct order of owner, Black Rock Stables, and trainer, Todd Pletcher, Violence was first seen at the picturesque upstate New York track, Saratoga on August 18. Several eyewitness accounts verify that at 2:32 pm, a group of eight two-year-olds going 7 furlongs became the first affected by Violence. Not even a Bad Hombre, part of the field that day, had an answer for the destructive force hitting the wire first in the afternoon’s fourth race.

 

There was a reprieve from anymore Violence at the rest of the Spa meet, as well as, the fall meet at Belmont Park, but just when nervous horsemen and their charges felt safe to venture out on the track again, it resurfaced with little warning. This time Violence struck at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park, New York. On the second reported race of Violence, at 3:43 pm on Novebmer 4, Violence tore through the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes field. Lasting only a little more than a minute-and-a-half, not even Darwin, one of the victims that day, could postulate a reasonable way to slow down Violence.

 

Now with his connections reportedly all set to show up Saturday in Southern California, one can only assume the force of Violence will be on stage for a whole new, and larger, audience.

 

I really can’t say if there will be any answers to another strong demonstration of Violence in the CashCall Futurity, but if is to be prevented on Saturday, it may come from a horse that has reached his boiling point. He's Had Enough, a son of Tapit, and trained by Kentucky Derby winning trainer Doug O'Neill, showed promise in his career debut, before running into frustration in a pair of stakes at Del Mar and Keeneland. Without the trouble in his last start, He’s Had Enough looked like a good one while running a bang-up second to division leader, Shanghai Bobby in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, so it would come as no surprise if he shows up ready for anything in Saturday's grade 1 affair.

 

Not to be outdone, and showing no fear, trainer, Bob Baffert is also going to take a stand against Violence, and will do so with a four-pronged attack. Real Quiet Stakes winner, Carving, Generous Stakes hero, Den’s Legacy, and the speed of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Title Contender, will join the recent victor of the Hollywood Prevue, Really Mr Greely, to give the trainer a virtual anti-Violence army in the Futurity.

 

Still I wonder … if all this, and several other promising juvenile hopefuls, will be enough to stop Violence.   

 

 

photo courtesy of Jessica Hansen/NYRA 

 

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Older Comments about Is Violence the answer in the CashCall Futurity? ...

bam and they say violence doesnt pay
I might just be biased because I have him in my virtual stable competition, but I'm really liking Monument. He fired a bullet today, working 5F in 58 .80 at Santa Anita.
I'm going to include Fury Kapcori. One of his homes is Hollywood Park and he looks to be coming into this race very nicely.
Violence and Carving, sounds more like the Jack The Ripper Stakes. Lately, the East Coast shippers to CA capture the green. You might be onto something here.
In a word, yes.
I am not usually a fan of violence, but if it is endorsed by Pletcher I am OK with some west coast Violence. Nice imagery, Brian.

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Brian has been a passionate fan of horse racing since birth. Taken to the races at a very young age, he has been lucky enough to see all the greats in person from Secretariat and Ruffian through Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta. Before coming to the Nation, Brian displayed his love for the sport through the development of his horse racing website, which quickly became one of the most popular blogs in the game. 
  
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A graduate of DePaul University, Brian lives in Suburban Chicago with his wife Candice and daughter Kendra, where he is a professional golf instructor when he is not following the horses.