Photo: Benoit photo
Headed by triple stakes winner J P's Gusto, a field of 11 juveniles is
scheduled to run Wednesday for the 2-year-old championship at the seashore in
the Grade I, $250,000 Del Mar Futurity.
The race will be run at 7
furlongs on the main track and will be the feature of Del Mar's closing day,
ending 37 days of summer racing "where the turf meets the surf" at the edge of
the Pacific Ocean.
J P's Gusto, who drilled 4
furlongs this morning in a sharp 46.80, has three straight stakes victories,
including Hollywood Park's Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship and Del Mar's
Grade II Best Pal Stakes, making him by far the most accomplished in the field
that includes three supplemental entries at $10,000 each.
Other Del Mar winners in the
field: Indian Winter, McKenzies Way and Comma to The Top. Other winners: Road
Ready, at Golden Gate Fields; Western Mood, at Hollywood Park, and Major Art,
at Lingfield in England.
There are four maidens in
the race: Jaycito, Riveting Reason, Just Imagine and Gahnzo Bob.
Riveting Reason, a
non-winner in two starts, fired a bullet 4-furlong work today in 46.60 for
owner-trainer Myung Kwon Cho, and the Peter Miller-trained Comma to The Top
also worked a half-mile in 47.60.
Major Art arrived this
morning in the barn of Eric Kruljac after three days in quarantine at Hollywood
Park following his arrival from England, where he placed in the Group II Veuve
Clicquot Vintage Stakes at Goodwood. His last start came at Deauville, France,
where he finished sixth in the Prix Francois Boutin. Though the colt has raced
only on turf, Kruljac said he has trained on synthetic surfaces in England.
Major Art is a supplementary
entry, as are Riveting Reason and McKenzies Way.
Here's how they'll line up
from the rail, with weights and riders: Jaycito, 116, Martin Garcia; Riveting
Reason, 116, Alex Solis; McKenzies Way, 118, David Flores; J P's Gusto, 122,
Patrick Valenzuela; Just Imagine, Martin Pedroza; Major Art, 120, Mike Smith;
Western Mood, 118, Joel Rosario; Indian Winter, 118, Rafael Bejarano; Comma to
The Top, 116, Corey Nakatani; Road Ready, 120, Victor Espinoza, and Gahnzo Bob,
116, Matt Garcia.