Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert has put together three different
winning streaks in the Del Mar Futurity. He won seven straight from 1996
to 2002, then produced back-to-back wins in 2008-2009 and 2011-12.
Aiming to start a new streak and add to his runaway leading total
for Futurity wins, Baffert will be sending out American Pharoah and
Holiday Camp in the field of nine expected for the Grade I $300,000,
7-furlong event Wednesday.
“I’ve got a maiden (American Pharoah) and another that ran really
well his first time out (Holiday Camp),” Baffert said Sunday. “They’re
training well, so we’ll see what happens.”
Best Pal Stakes winner Skyway figures to go favored when oddsmaker
Russ Hudak issues his line Monday morning. But Hudak said he will be
taking a long look at Holiday Camp. The son of Street Boss, a $700,000
purchase at the Ocala sale in March, won handily in his racing debut on
June 7 at Santa Anita, then was last of six as the even-money favorite
in the Santa Anita Juvenile on June 22 after a rough start.
On August 27, one week out from the Futurity, he worked six furlongs in 1:12, best of nine at the distance.
Baffert, who has had multiple favorites over the years and saddled
the lowest-priced winner in Futurity history (Officer, $2.20, 2001) is
accepting, but not entirely comfortable, with his 2014 situation.
“I’d rather have the two favorites,” Baffert said. “That way there’s more room for error.”
From the rail out the field is: American Pharoah (Victor Espinoza),
Oh Newman (Aaron Gryder), Inexcess Time (Joe Talamo), Calculator (Elvis
Trujillo), Iron Fist (Mike Smith), Henry’s Holiday (Tyler Baze), Red
Button (Rafael Bejarano), Holiday Camp (Martin Garcia) and Skyway (Corey
Source: Del Mar