Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer hopes the formula
that enabled Killer Graces to win the $402,000 Grade I Hollywood Starlet
Saturday works again with Rousing Sermon in the $750,000-guaranteed CashCall
Futurity next Saturday at Hollywood
Photo: Hollywood Park
Killer Graces finished second in the Sharp Cat Stakes in her
prep for the Starlet November 13 and Rousing Sermon similarly finished second
in the Real Quiet Stakes, the prep for the Futurity November 12.
“Awesome,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer, Sunday
morning after Rousing Sermon worked six furlongs in 1:12.20 with jockey Joe
“He used to be a slow workhorse but he worked by himself
today in 1:12 and one.
“His numbers have gone up with each race,” said Ward of the
California-bred colt who has recorded two firsts, one second and two thirds in
five starts. “He’s training better now that he knows what he has to do. There
will be some luck involved in a big field, but he will be running in the
stretch, that’s for sure.”
Hollendorfer seeks to become the first trainer to win the
Starlet and Futurity in the same year. A full field of 14 is probable in the
Grade I test at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track. Hollendorfer won the 1988
Futurity with King Glorious.
Two other Futurity probables also worked on Cushion Track
Sunday, both five furlongs. Empire Way was timed in 1:01 for trainer Mike
Harrington while Kentucky
invader Cozzetti was clocked in 1:02.60 breezing.
Cozzetti, who was flown west from Churchill Downs Tuesday by
trainer Dale Romans, worked under exercise rider Faustino Aguilar. “I think
he’s a special horse, and this is the last chance for a 2-year-old to run in a
big race,” said Romans by phone from Kentucky
of the decision to ship the colt off a five-length maiden score in the mud at
Churchill Downs in his third start November 16.
Romans said he will arrive here Thursday to apply the final
touches to the gray/roan son of Cozzene out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Lemon
Harrington was happy with the work by Empire Way. “He went
nice,” said Harrington after the drill under John Cisneros. Harrington said a
jockey selection was pending for the colt, who finished sixth in the Hollywood
Prevue Stakes following an impressive maiden score.
Five-time Futurity winner Bob Baffert said as many as four
colts--Liaison, Drill, Sky Kingdom and So Brilliant--are under consideration
for the race and worked three of them Sunday at Santa Anita. Real Quiet winner
Liasion and recent maiden winner Sky
Kingdom each worked six
furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80 while Del Mar Futurity winner Drill drilled five
panels in 1:00. Jockeys Rafael Bejarano, Martin Garcia and Garrett Gomez have
calls in the race with Baffert.
Brother Francis, runner-up in the Hollywood Prevue, worked
five furlongs in 1:02 at Santa Anita Sunday for trainer Jim Cassidy. Victor
Espinoza has the call back.
Owner J. Paul Reddam, whose CashCall company sponsors the
race, said that Corey Nakatani will ride recent acquisition Handsome Mike and
that Hector Berrios has the call on Basmati, owned by his wife Zillah. Both
colts are trained by Doug O’Neill. Nakatani won the race last year aboard Comma
to the Top.
Peter Miller, who trained Comma to the Top, seeks a repeat
with Majestic City, winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship. Ramon
Dominguez will ride the colt, unbeaten in three starts on this surface.
Trainer Paddy Gallagher said that French import Desormais
was adapting well to his new surroundings after clearing quarantine Friday and
going to the track the past two mornings. David Flores has the Futurity call on
the colt, who broke his maiden at Marseilles
on November 15 in his third start.
Owner-breeder Myung Kwon Cho gave the green light to
Groovin’ Solo after a five-furlong work in 1:02 here Friday. Alonso Quinonez
will ride the maiden.
Lucky Chappy, fourth-place finisher in the Breeders’ Cup
Juvenile Turf, is scheduled to be flown here Wednesday from Maryland by trainer
Graham Motion and be stabled with Gary Mandella in Barn 53 North.
Lucky Chappy breezed five furlongs in 1:03 at Fair Hill, Md.,
Saturday and will be ridden by Joel Rosario.
Trainer John Sadler was considering supplementing Stoney
Fleece, winner of the Generous Stakes on turf November 27, to the Futurity.