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Breeders' Cup 2017

Shared Belief vs. Candy Boy in Los Al Derby

Shared Belief GGF allowance 615X 400
Photo: Don August
Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old of 2013, will try to stay undefeated against six opponents in the Grade II, $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Restricted to 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, the inaugural Derby is the richest event of the Summer Thoroughbred Festival and is the eighth of nine races. Post time is 2 p.m.

Known as the Swaps Stakes while run at Hollywood Park (1974-2013), the Derby is the first step in the $1 million Bolton Challenge. The winner of Saturday’s race is eligible for a seven-figure prize if they go on to victories in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic Aug. 24 at Del Mar and the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

The bonus is sponsored by the Los Alamitos Racing Association and the California-based insurance brokerage firm Bolton & Company.

In addition to the Derby, Saturday will feature a live-money handicapping contest on the Los Alamitos card with two berths in the 2015 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas on the line and also a book signing by DRF executive columnist Jay Hovdey.

Hovdey will be available between 1-3 p.m. at the top level of the grandstand next to the Vessels Club to sign copies of his book “Long Rein: Tales from the World of Horse Racing.’’

Longtime DRF handicapper and author Brad Free will be Tom Quigley’s guest on his daily handicapping seminar at 12:50 p.m.

Owned by a partnership that includes sports radio and television personality Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC, KMN Racing LLC, Jason Litt, George Todaro, Alex Solis II and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, Shared Belief culminated his Eclipse Award winning season with a decisive score in the Grade I CashCall Futurity over Cushion Track last Dec. 14 at Hollywood Park.

Sidelined after completing a 3-for-3 – he also defeated maidens at Golden Gate Fields in his debut and won the Grade III Hollywod Prevue in Inglewood – campaign, Shared Belief returned with a sprint victory against older May 26 at Golden Gate.

The gelded son of Candy Ride and the Storm Cat mare Common Hope, who was purchased privately by his current connections after breaking his maiden, has banked $472,200. Shared Belief’s wins have been by a combined 24 ¾ lengths.

The Los Alamitos Derby will be the first race on dirt for Shared Belief, who will have a new rider Saturday. Hall of Famer Mike Smith takes over, becoming the fourth different jockey to have the assignment.

Corey Nakatani was aboard for the stakes wins at Hollywood Park while Juan Hernandez and Russell Baze were the riders in Northern California.

“He’s a big money jockey and he’s wanted a chance to ride this horse,’’ said Hollendorfer when asked about the switch to Smith.

Shared Belief, established as the 4-5 favorite by Los Alamitos thoroughbred morning line maker Russ Hudak, completed his serious preparation for the Derby with a 48.40 half-mile work Sunday over the Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields. Five days earlier he had drilled seven furlongs in 1:27.60.

 “He’s doing fine,’’ said Hollendorfer, who also entered longshot Tonito M. “(The Sunday work) was an easy blowout. He’s going to arrive at Los Alamitos (Wednesday) and will gallop over the track Thursday.’’

Candy Boy will make his first start since finishing 13th in the Kentucky Derby May 3 at Churchill Downs.

Trained by John Sadler for owner-breeder Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, the Candy Ride colt out of the In Excess mare She’s an Eleven won the Grade II Robert B. Lewis Stakes in February and was second behind Shared Belief in the CashCall Futurity.

Candy Boy has won two of eight and earned $425,600.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who won the Swaps five times, will be represented by Can the Man, an Into Mischief colt owned by Kaleem Shah, Inc.

Out of the Danzig mare Smolensk, Can the Man has won three of five and banked $216,000.

After ending 2013 with a victory as the 4-5 favorite in the Speakeasy last Oct. 14 at Santa Anita, the $320,000 2-year-old purchase returned with a win in the Grade III Affirmed Handicap June 7 at Santa Anita.

Top Fortitude will be making his initial attempt beyond seven furlongs for owner-breeder Triple AAA Ranch and trainer Kory Owens.

Dismissed at 30-1 in the Grade III Lazaro Barrera May 10 in Arcadia, the Top Hit colt responded with a 1 ½ length win before finishing a distant second behind Bayern in the Grade II Woody Stephens on the Belmont Stakes undercard June 7.

The Arizona bred, who is out of the French Deputy mare French Debutante, is 2-for-4 with a bankroll of $187,250.

Owned by M. Racing Group, Tonito M. was second in the Barrera and eighth in the Woody Stephens in his first two races in this country after winning six of seven in Puerto Rico.

A son of Rock Hard Ten and the Dixieland Band mare Esther’s Big Band, Tonito M. has earned $117,538.

Eddie’s First, who has a bankroll of $47,550, returns to dirt after five consecutive grass starts for owner-breeder J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O’Neill.

The California-bred son of Square Eddie and the Boston Harbor mare Teresa Ann has only one win in six outings, but his May 11 victory at Santa Anita was noteworthy.

Eddie’s First won by 9 ¼ lengths as the 11-10 favorite against eight other state bred maidens, completing the about 6 ½ furlongs on turf in a course record 1:10.73.

From inside out, the field for the Los Alamitos Derby: Eddie’s First, Elvis Trujillo rides, 122 pounds; Tonito M., Victor Espinoza, 122; Can the Man, Martin Garcia, 122; Friendswith K Mill, Tyler Baze, 122; Shared Belief, Mike Smith, 122; Top Fortitude, Kayla Stra, 122 and Candy Boy, Joe Talamo, 122.


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Older Comments about Shared Belief vs. Candy Boy in Los Al Derby...

Tamarando beat CC in the Del Mar G1
CC whipped Tamarando in the Cal Cup Derby.
which is mentioned in the article
Shared Belief won the Cash Call Futurity.
I thought they ran once @ Hollywood, SB,CB & Tamarando? CC blasted them I know!!!

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