The 75th summer season of Thoroughbred racing at Del Mar comes to a rousing conclusion Wednesday (Sept. 3)
with a 10-race program topped by the traditional closing-day feature,
the Grade I $300,000 Del Mar Futurity for the swiftest two-year-olds in
Skyway, impressive victor in the 6 ½ furlong Best Pal Stakes a month
ago, heads a field of nine juveniles in the seven-furlong sprint which
is carded as the ninth race. Corey Nakatani has the mount on Skyway, a
New York-bred son of Sky Mesa who figures to be a solid betting choice.
He broke his maiden at Keeneland last April at Keeneland and then was
third in the Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs prior to coming to
California with the barn of trainer Mark Casse.
Among Skyway’s rivals is Henry’s Holiday, a rallying second in the
Best Pal who should appreciate the added sixteenth of a mile of the
Futurity. Tyler Baze again has the call from trainer Doug O’Neill. The
Harlan’s Holiday colt was a winner first time out at Santa Anita and
finished fourth in the Santa Anita Juvenile.
Coming into the Futurity off maiden race victories are Inexcess Time, with Joe Talamo and Red Button, Rafael Bejarano.
Trainer Bob Baffert, an 11-time winner of the Futurity, has two
hopefuls in the line-up, the maiden American Pharoah, with Victor
Espinoza up, and Holiday Camp, a maiden winner who was sixth in the
Santa Anita Juvenile.
Non-winners in the line-up are Oh Newman, Aaron Gryder; Calculator, Elvis Trujillo, and Iron Fist, Mike Smith.
Three horses parlayed victory in the Del Mar Futurity to success in
the Kentucky Derby – Tomy Lee, Gato Del Sol and Silver Charm, while
Canonero II and California Chrome ran in the Futurity and won the “Run
for the Roses” the following spring.
There are three supporting features on Wednesday’s
card, the $90,000 Pirate’s Bounty Stakes at six furlongs for older
horses, the $90,000 added C.E.R.F. Stakes, also at six furlongs, for
older fillies and mares, and the $100,000 Oak Tree Juvenile Turf at one
mile on the grass for two-year-olds.
Post time for the first race Wednesday will be 2 p.m.
Source: Del Mar