stellar field of as many as 12 2-year-olds have their sights set on the
Grade I, $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity, which will be run
for the 33rd time Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
Six of the 12 are expected to be supplemented to the race at entry time
for a payment of $15,000, with an additional $15,000 to start.
One of the supplementary nominations and a prime contender in the
CashCall is Jungle Racing, Hollendorfer, Solis II et al’s Shared Belief,
convincing 7 3-4 length winner of the Grade III Hollywood Prevue Nov.
son of Candy Ride and the Storm Cat mare Common Hope was making his
first start for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the Prevue
after being purchased privately following a handy victory Oct. 19 at
Golden Gate Fields. Corey Nakatani will again ride.
Hollendorfer also will be represented by Larry and Marianne Williams’
Tamarando, who closed from last Nov. 23 to win the $100,000 Real Quiet
Stakes under leading rider Rafael Bejarano. The son of Bertrando
displayed his class this summer with a victory in the Grade I Del Mar
Futurity Sept. 4. Bejarano has the return engagement.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie (supplementary nom) will draw
ample support. The Artie Schiller colt had substantial trouble in the
Cup Juvenile and in his previous start (Oct. 5) earned a Grade I
victory in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland.
Fog City Stable’s Tap It Rich, beaten 3 ¼ lengths in the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile in just his second start, will try to give Hall of Fame trainer
Bob Baffert his seventh victory in the CashCall. The gray son of Tapit
worked a mile in 1:42 Dec. 2 and will have Hall of Fame jockey Mike
Reddam Racing’s Bond Holder who edged both We Miss Artie and Tap It
Rich in the Breeders’ Cup, became a Grade I winner when he pulled off a
10-1 surprise in the Front Runner Stakes Sept. 28 at Santa Anita.
Regular rider Mario Gutierrez has the mount for trainer Doug O’Neill.
Other likely starters are the John Sadler-trained duo of Kobe’s Back
(Joel Rosario) and Candy Boy (Gary Stevens), both owned by Lee and Susan
Searing’s C R K Stable; the Ken McPeek-trained pair of Magdelena
Racing’s Rankhasprivileges (supplementary nom, no rider) and Magic City
Thoroughbred Partners’ Sheikinator (supplementary nom, no rider); J K
Racing’s Brother Soldier (Craig Dollase, Edwin Maldonado);
Brewster Racing Stable et al’s Karma King (Dollase, Joe Talamo); and
Gary and Mary West’s Poker Player (supplementary nom, no rider).