FUTURE QUEST, MORTLOCK HEADLINE $65,000 THE JIM NEWMAN
Wednesday's fans will get a special treat as the featured $65,000 Jim Newman will showcase a couple of rising stars.
Ron McAnally has entered Del Mar Futurity (Gr. II) and Norfolk Stakes (Gr. II) winner Future Quest, who will be making his turf debut in the race.
"This race came up for him and it looked like a good spot," McAnally said of Future Quest, who worked five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 Sunday morning.
The son of Relaunch won three-of-four races last summer before being sidelined with a fractured knee. All three wins came in wire-to-wire fashion, but when he returned to capture the $60,000 Playa Del Rey on June 22, he demonstrated another dimension, coming from just off the pace.
"There was a lot of speed in the race, and Kent (Desormeaux) just took him back a little and it worked out well," McAnally said of his colt, who earned a 100 Beyer figure for the effort.
McAnally said the Swaps was out of consideration for Future Quest, but he is planning on running Zanferrier in the $500,000 race slated for Super Sunday, July 21.
One runner to keep an eye on in Wednesday's Jim Newman is the John Shirreffs-trained Mortlock, who worked three furlongs in :38 3/5 Sunday morning.
"If he runs well, and the race doesn't take much out of him," Shirreffs said. "Then we'll really consider running in the Swaps."
The Danehill colt was one-for-two in France last summer, and took his local debut in impressive fashion May 10. In the one-mile turf race, the 3-year-old rallied from 15 lengths back to post a 4 1/2-length allowance victory. Following that effort, he was bet down to the $2.30-1 favorite in the June 8 Cinema Handicap.
"That was the race they let bob steal," Shirreffs said. "There wasn't any pace. Let Bob Do It went in :47 for the half and my horse was 15 lengths back. He made a big move but got caught in a little trouble and came home fourth."
Post positions for the $65,000-added Jim Newman, to be run Wednesday, July 10 at one mile on the turf: Future Quest, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Mateo, Alex Solis, 115; Hectic, Brice Blanc, 115; Northern Afleet, Corey Nakatani, 115, and Mortlock, Eddie Delahoussaye, 117.
SUPERCILIOUS READY FOR HOLLYWOOD OAKS
Following wins in the Railbird (Gr. II) and the Melair, trainer Richard Mandella gave his 3-year-old filly Supercilious a short breather. But she better have her running shoes back on when she tackes Antespend and others in the $175,000 Hollywood Oaks (Gr. I) this Saturday.
"She's run hard all year," Mandella said of his California-bred filly. "But she's doing very well right now."
The daughter of Skywalker has won four of her last five starts, earning $201,735 in six starts this year.
"(Supercilious) has really come along, but I'm not sure if she's developed enough to beat McAnally's filly (Antespend)."
Probables for the 51st running of the Hollywood Oaks, to be run Saturday, July 13 at 1 1/8 miles: Antespend, Chris Antley; Listening, Chris McCarron; Najecam, no rider; Ocean View, Alex Solis, and Supercilious, Laffit Pincay Jr.
Possible: Princess Steffi, no rider; Perceived Value, no rider.
MANDELLA SAYS DARE AND GO IS POSSIBILITY FOR SUNDAY'S
Trainer Richard Mandella said Dare And Go is under consideration for next Sunday's $100,000-added Bel Air Handicap (Gr. II).
"We'll see how things go and make a decision later in the week," Mandella said.
Dare And Go finished fifth behind stablemate Siphon in the $1-million Hollywood Gold Cup, his first start since March 6.
"We experimented with him a little in the Gold Cup," he said. "We didn't push him too hard in his works and I think it showed at the eighth pole. He might have finished third if he was more fit."
Probables for the 27th running of the Bel Air Handicap, to be run Sunday, July 14 at 1 1/16 miles: Cleante, no rider; Dernier Empereur, no rider; Flying Marfa, Rene Douglas; R Friar Tuck, Brice Blanc; Bon Point or The Exeter Man, Eddie Delahoussaye.
Possible: Dare And Go, no rider.
TAKING ON CIGAR IN THE JULY 13 ARLINGTON CITATION
Trainer David Hofmans said Dramatic Gold will accept the challenge of taking on Cigar in the July 13 Arlington Citation Challenge, which will be simulcast to Hollywood Park.
"We're going to run for second money," said Hofmans, who named Corey Nakatani to ride. "The distance is about right and the weights are good, so we'll see what happens."
Joining Dramatic Gold in the attempt to put out Cigar will be the Bobby Frankel-trained Eltish, who will be ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye.
TOC GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING JULY 13
Thoroughbred Owners of California will be holding a general membership meeting Saturday, July 13, at Hollywood Park. TOC President John Van de Kamp, Chairman Ed Friendly, and members of the Board will be present to discuss the organization's aspirations, accomplishments, and legislative work. All TOC members and their invited guests are encouraged to attend and participate in this meeting.
The meeting will commence at 11 a.m., and will be held in the Sunset Room of Hollywood Park's Turf Club. No reservations are required.
|Horse||Claim To Fame||Race|
|Auriette||3-race win streak including||Gamely H (Gr. I) 9th, Beverly Hills H|
|2nd Gamely H (Gr. I) in last 9th,||Beverly Hills H|
|2-year-old champion filly in Argentina 9th,||Beverly Hills H|
|won 1995 Dahlia H (Gr. II) 9th,||Beverly Hills H|
|won Gr. III Yerba Buena at GG two races back 9th,||Beverly Hills H|
|Dollase runner is 1/2 brother to Best Pal 4th, $41,500||allowance|
|Debut for Lukas 2yo filly; 1/2 to Star Recruit; 6th, $31,500||maiden race|
|Providencia S, 2nd Senorita (Gr. III) 7th,||The Hidden Light|
|Future Quest||won Norfolk S (Gr. II),||Del Mar Fty (Gr. II); 8th, The Jim Newman|
|4th as favorite in June 8 Cinema (Gr. III) 8th,||The Jim Newman|
|2nd Balboa (Gr. III) to Cobra King; 8th,||The Jim Newman|
FINISH LINES: Trainer Bob Marshall has won with his last three starters: Metro Link (7/3, $6.60), Sweeping Rain (7/5, $7.40) and Steps In Time (7/6, $18.60). Overall Marshall has saddled six winners from 39 starters (15.4%) at the meeting . . . Starry Ice became the first three-time stakes winner of the meeting with her win in the Landaluce (Gr. II) Saturday . . . Six horses have three wins at the meeting: Don Juan's Gal, Dusty Girl, Gavel Gate, Slews Royal Son, Starry Ice and Swiss Yodeler . . . Leading rider Alex Solis will be out of town next Sunday to ride Urbane in the $300,000 Delaware Handicap (Gr. III) for trainer Randy Bradshaw . . . Fanmore, unraced since finishing second in the 1994 Hollywood Gold Cup and Arlington Million is back in training for Bobby Frankel. The 8-year-old gelding made his first appearance on the worktab Saturday, working three furlongs in :39. "He has a long way to go," said assistant trainer Dan Ward . . . Alphabet Soup worked four furlongs in :48 4/5 Sunday . . . Pharma breezed three furlongs in :39 4/5 over the turf . . . River Flyer drilled five furlongs in :59 4/5 over the turf . . . Criollito breezed three furlongs in :36 1/5 at Santa Anita Sunday morning . . .
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