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Violence returns after the Cash Call Futurity
The highlight of the Betfair Hollywood Park fall meeting is the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (G1), an early Triple Crown prep and a points scoring race in the new Road to the Kentucky Derby. A field of 11 two-year-olds contested this 1 1/16 mile Cushion Track contest on Saturday under overcast skies and temperatures in the high 50's before 7,186 fans . Violence, undefeated in 2 starts, was sent off as the 6-5 favorite off his win in the Nashua (G2) at Aqueduct. In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice He's Had Enough, a close second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) last out, and 7-1 Really Mr. Greely, winner of the Hollywood Prevue (G3).
Down the stretch
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Violence Castellano 4.40 4.20 3.40 5 Fury Capcori Talamo 10.40 6.20 2 Den's Legacy Gomez 6.40 Winning Time: 1:43.50 $1 Exacta 6-5 29.60 $2 Quinella 5-6 45.40 $1 Trifecta 6-5-2 266.10 $1 Superfecta 6-5-2-11 5,134.40
Left: The winner's circle trophy presentation. Winning jockey Javier Castellano said, "I positioned myself in a very good spot around the first turn and I believe that was the key to winning this race. 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."
Right: Violence in the post parade. Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "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. 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 Remsen, 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 most sense."
Left: Second place finisher Fury Capcori in the post parade. Jockey Joe Talamo said, "I broke out in front and three or four were pressing me the entire way. They went pretty quickly out there and I thought he ran a hell of a race."
Right: Third place finisher Den's Legacy in the paddock. The 14-1 shot raced in 9th about 8 lengths off the pace early under jockey Garrett Gomez, then closed late to get third beaten 3 3/4 lengths. The Bob Baffert trainee improved his record to 2 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 8 starts, earning $261,350 for owner Westrock Stables.
On the undercard, a field of 10 older horses contested the $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (G2) at 1 1/2 miles on the turf. Twilight Derby (G2) winner Grandeur was sent off as the 8-5 favorite off his second place finish in the Hollywood Derby (G1). In to challenge him included 4-1 second choice Optimizer, fifth in the River City Handicap (G3) at Churchill after disappointing 11th in the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1), and 9-2 third choice Slim Shadey, 8th in the Breeders' Cup Turf after winning the John Henry Turf Classic (G2).
Jockey Corey Nakatani sent Optimizer to the lead around the first of three turns, getting the opening quarter in 24.90 before Slim Shadey took over first time past the stands, through fractions of 49.12, 1:14.28, 1:39.77, and 2:04.35, with Optimizer stalking the lead pair in third. Slim Shadey continued to lead to the 1/8 pole but tired late. Grandeur, who settled in fifth about 5 lengths off the pace early, rallied on the outside to win by 3/4 length over 29-1 Interaction in 2:27.95 over the firm course. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Optimizer third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Grandeur Gomez 5.20 3.60 2.60 1 Interaction Talamo 19.80 11.80 2 Optimizer Nakatani 3.80 Winning Time: 2:27.95 $1 Exacta 4-1 53.00 $2 Quinella 1-4 83.80 $1 Trifecta 4-1-2 277.60 $1 Superfecta 4-1-2-3 1,064.60
Left: Grandeur in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Garrett Gomez said, "I wasn't happy with the horse I was following (Optimizer), I wanted to find my way around him and I thought about sliding my way through Slim Shadey but decided I didn't like that option. As we approached the final turn I decided to take him outside of Optimizer and when I asked him he went on with it without a problem."
Right: Grandeur in the paddock. Winning trainer Paddy Gallagher said, "I really didn't do much with him. I didn't have to. This was his third graded race in 6 weeks. I'm just thankful that the owner left him with me. She lives in Europe and I believe the plan was to take him back there, depending on what he did today and eventually run him in Dubai. I'd sure like to keep him, but he's going back to (trainer) Jeremy Noseda."
Left: Second place finisher Interaction in the paddock. Jockey Joe Talamo said, "We had an absolutely perfect trip, we never had to leave the rail and everything opened up for us. He ran a winning race. He just got outrun."
Right: Third place finisher Optimizer in the post parade. The 4-1 second choice stalked the pace in third under jockey Corey Nakatani, but could not improve late finishing third beaten 3 lengths. The D. Wayne Lukas trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 19 starts, earning $461,942 for owner-breeder Bluegrass Hall.
The 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain is currently stabled at Hollywood on his way to stallion duties at Calumet Farm in Lexington, after leaving Australia on Wednesday. Co-owners Kevin and Colleen Bamford were in attendance, not only to check on their stallion but also to watch their recent purchase Kindergarden Kid, who checked in 9th as the 5-1 fourth choice in the Hollywood Turf Cup. Americain is expected to shuttle back to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere season.
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