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Ronin Dax Eyes CashCall Futurity

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Ronin Dax, hoping that home cooking tastes better than two disappointing trips east, will return to the Southern California circuit for the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park December 18, trainer and co-owner Bobby Troeger confirmed on Thursday.


 “Mike Smith will work him here Friday,” said Troeger of the Hall of Fame jockey who has taken a call to ride the gray/roan son of Tapit for the first time in the Grade I test at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track.


 Ronin Dax broke his maiden at first asking at one mile on turf August 25 at Del Mar, then finished fifth in two subsequent starts – the Summer Stakes Sept. 18 at Woodbine and the Iroquois Stakes Oct. 31 at Churchill Downs.


 “The turf was soft at Woodbine, and he got rank in the Iroquois,” said Troeger. “He made two big runs in the Iroquois and hit a wall.


 “If I could get him to make one run at the end of the race, he should be okay,” continued Troeger of the Kentucky-bred colt. “When he broke his maiden, he came from behind, which is what I would like to see him do again.”


 Ronin Dax should find himself behind an honest pace in a large field, including stakes-winning pacesetters Comma to the Top and J P’s Gusto. 


 A field of 13 or 14 is shaping up for the 30th running of the race. Probable are Real Quiet and Generous stakes winner Comma to the Top (Corey Nakatani), Hollywood Juvenile Championship and Del Mar Futurity winner J P’s Gusto (Joe Talamo), Ronin Dax (Smith), a Bob Baffert-trained duo of Awesome Patriot (Victor Espinoza) and Prayer for Relief (Alonso Quinonez), a Doug O’Neill-conditioned pair of Boxeur des Rues (Julien Leparoux) and High Level Jeff (Joel Rosario), Florida-based invaders Gourmet Dinner (Sebastian Madrid) and Rustler Hustler (Ramon Dominguez), English import Crimson China (Garrett Gomez), Clubhouse Ride (Patrick Valenzuela), Industry Leader (Rafael Bejarano) and Riveting Reason. Slammer Time heads a short list of possible starters.


Boxeur des Rues worked five furlongs in a bullet 59.20 seconds Thursday to the satisfaction of O’Neill. The English import finished a closing fifth in the Generous in his second United States start for owner J. Paul Reddam, who is also co-owner of High Level Jeff. CashCall loan company owner Reddam sponsors the race.


Eight of the 13 probables would have to be supplemented to the race.

 

 

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I thought Ronin Dax ran a deceptively good race (5th) in the Iroquois at CD. He stopped and started twice and made two good runs.

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