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Breeders' Cup 2017

J P's Gusto Faces Ten in Futurity

J P's Gusto
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.

 

 

 

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