After winning his first
two starts around one turn by a combined 14 ¾ lengths, Shared Belief was
again dominant as he stretched out and stepped into Grade I company for
of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer in the $751,500 CashCall Futurity
Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.Ridden with confidence by
jockey Corey Nakatani, Shared Belief, a gelded son of Candy Ride and the
Storm Cat mare Common Hope, definitely stamped himself a 3-year-old to
watch in 2014 the way he concluded his 2-year-old
After tracking the early
pace set by 131-1 shot Brother Soldier, Nakatani was content to wait
when 26-1 shot – and eventual runner-up - Candy Boy made a bold move
outside to gain the lead entering the far turn.
When he asked Shared
Belief turning into the stretch, Nakatani got the same kind of
acceleration the Kentucky-bred had shown when winning the Grade III
Hollywood Prevue by 7 ¾ lengths in his Southern California
debut – and first start for Hollendorfer – Nov. 10.
At the finish, Shared
Belief, who is owned by a partnership that includes his trainer,
television and radio personality Jim Rome’ Jungle Racing LLC, KMN Racing
LLC, Jason Litt, Alex Solis II and George Todaro, had
5 ¾ lengths on Candy Boy.
Seven horses who have
finished either first or second – Alysheba (1986), A.P. Indy (1991),
Thunder Gulch (1994), Real Quiet (1997), Point Given (2000), Giacomo
(2004) and Lookin At Lucky (2009) - in the Futurity
have gone on to win at least one Triple Crown race, so it will be
interesting to see what lies ahead for Shared Belief.
Privately purchased by his
current connections after winning by seven lengths against maidens Oct.
19 at Golden Gate Fields, Shared Belief completed the 1 1/16 miles over
Cushion Track in 1:42.16. The clocking was
the fastest in the CashCall Futurity since Pioneerof the Nile went
1:41.95 in 2008.
Bred by Pam and Marty
Wygod, Shared Belief increased his earnings to $451,200. He returned $4,
$3.60 and $2.80 as the even-money favorite.
“Wow!’’ said Nakatani, who
also won the 2010 CashCall with Comma to the Top. “My horse has a
pretty high crusing speed and when (Candy Boy) made that early move, I
couldn’t go at that time.
“I’m just very thankful to
Jerry Hollendorfer and his team, (assistant trainer) Dan Ward, and,
obviously, (Solis II) for finding this horse and buying him. He did all
the work and I was just a quiet passenger on
Rome was also ecstatic.
“I said after Mizdirection
won her first Breeders’ Cup (Turf Sprint), no matter what happened
after that, I was fine,’’ he said. “The second one was amazing and today
was obviously a really incredible day.’’
Three weeks removed from
an easy win against maidens at the CashCall distance, Candy Boy finished
1 ¼ lengths ahead of 8-1 shot Tamarando, the Grade I Del Mar Futurity
winner also trained by Hollendorfer. Candy
Boy paid $15 and $8.40. The show price on Tamarando was $3.20.
There was a stewards’ inquiry into the Futurity due to an incident on the backstretch where Kobe’s Back, who wound up 10th, stumbled after clipping heels. There was no change in the order of finish as
the stewards ruled the gray son of Flatter caused his own trouble.
Bond Holder, fourth in
last month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, was fourth again Saturday and he
was followed by Electric Eddie, Brother Soldier, Sheikinator,
Rankhasprivileges, Even Echo, Kobe’s Back, Tap It Rich,
the 5-2 second choice, and Karma King, who was eased in the stretch.