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Violence Earns Grade I Stripes in CashCall Futurity

Violence (no. 6), ridden by Javier Castellano and trained by Todd Pletcher, wins the grade 1 CashCall Futurity Stakes for two year olds on December 15, 2012 at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California. (Bob Mayberger/Eclipse Sportswire)
Violence became a Grade I winner in his third career start, remaining undefeated with a 1 ¼ length victory over Fury Kapcori and nine other 2-year-olds in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park.

Giving shippers a sweep of the four Grade I events offered during the Autumn meet, Violence, who is trained by Todd Pletcher for Steve Marshall’s Black Rock Thoroughbreds LLLP, received a ground saving ride for most of the trip from jockey Javier Castellano.

Angled outside Fury Kapcori, a 16-1 shot who survived a four-pronged battle for the early lead, for the stretch run, Violence gained a short lead with less than an eighth of a mile remaining and went on to a workmanlike win.

The final time for the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track was 1:43.50. A $600,000 purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2011, Violence returned $4.40, $4.20 and $3.40.

A son of Medaglia d’Oro out of the Gone West mare Violent Beauty, Violence, who increased his bankroll to $543,000, has earned his wins at three different tracks.

Betfair Hollywood Park joined Saratoga – a maiden victory by a neck Aug. 18 – and Aqueduct – a two-length decision in the Grade II Nashua Nov. 4.

“He’s a colt that we’ve thought a lot of all along,’’ said Pletcher, who won his second significant 2-year-old race in California in a span of six weeks, following Shanghai Bobby’s victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

“He’s a big, leggy colt that we felt like was going to continue to improve and mature. After he won first time out, we talked about a couple of strategies. One was to try and make the Breeders’ Cup and the other was a more patient strategy.

“We decided to wait on the Nashua and when he ran so well in there, we started looking at whether we wanted to run him back in 20 days in the (Grade II) Remsen (at Aqueduct), put him away for the winter or look for something else.

“We decided that if we were going to run him once more this year, this race made the mot sense. Another factor in deciding to ship out here is that he is the kind of horse that has such a great disposition and good mind that shipping wouldn’t bother him at all.’’

Pletcher added that Violence will get some time off and probably won’t make his 3-year-old debut until sometime in late February or early March.

Castellano, who had won the Grade I Hollywood Derby Nov. 25 aboard the New York bred Unbridled Command, is looking forward to 2013 with Violence.

“I positioned myself in a very good spot around the first turn and I believe that was the key to winning this race,’’ said Castellano. “You don’t want to be too far back, particularly in a race for 2-year-olds.

“I had a lot of confidence in this colt. He is so calm and handles himself very professionally. I think he is a special horse and I am really looking forward to big times.’’

Second in last month’s Real Quiet Stakes, Fury Kapcori wound up 2 ½ lengths in front of Den’s Legacy, who fared best of the four runners Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert started in search of a seventh Futurity win.

Giving Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer his second consecutive runner-up performance in the Futurity after Rousing Sermon completed the exacta in 2011, Fury Kapcori paid $10.40 and $6.20. The show price on Den’s Legacy, who finished 5 ¼ lengths in front of 60-1 shot Oxbow, was $6.40.

Completing the order of finish were He’s Had Enough, the 7-2 second choice who was making his first start since finishing second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Carving, Dirty Swagg, Little Jerry, Really Mr Greely, Simon Eyes and Title Contender.

Besides Violence and Unbridled Command, the other shippers who won Grade I’s during the meet were Pure Fun (Hollywood Starlet) and Better Lucky (Matriarch).

 

 

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