As many as a dozen 2-year-olds could start in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity, to be run Dec. 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park for the 33rd and final time.
A supplementary nominee to the 1 1/16-mile Cushion Track event is Jerry Hollendorfer's prime contender Shared Belief. A convincing 7 ¾-length winner of the Hollywood Prevue Stakes Nov. 10, Hollendorfer trains and co-owns the son of Candy Ride, co-owned by Jim Rome's Jungle Racing, Alex Solis II, Joshua Litt, and KMN Racing.
Shared Belief was making his first start for the Hall of Fame trainer in the Prevue after being purchased privately following a handy victory Oct. 19 at Golden Gate Fields. Corey Nakatani will again ride Shared Belief, who will require $30,000 to start.
Hollendorfer also will be represented by Larry and Marianne Williams’ Tamarando, who closed from last Nov. 23 to win the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes under leading rider Rafael Bejarano. The son of Bertrando displayed his class with a victory in the Del Mar Futurity Sept. 4. Bejarano has the return engagement.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s We Miss Artie (a supplementary nominee) will draw ample support. The Artie Schiller colt had substantial trouble in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile when seventh. In his previous start Oct. 5 earned a Grade 1 victory in the Breeders’ Futurity on Polytrack at Keeneland.
Fog City Stable’s Tap It Rich, beaten 3 ¼ lengths in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in just his second start, will try to give Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his seventh victory in the CashCall. The gray son of Tapit worked a mile in 1:42 Dec. 2 and will have Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith aboard.
Reddam Racing’s Bond Holder who edged both We Miss Artie and Tap It Rich when he finished fourth in the BC Juvenile. The Mineshaft colt became a Grade 1 winner when he pulled off a 10-1 surprise in the FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park. Regular rider Mario Gutierrez has the mount for trainer Doug O’Neill.
Other likely starters are the John Sadler-trained duo of Kobe's Back (Joel Rosario) and Candy Boy (Gary Stevens), both owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable; the Ken McPeek-trained pair of Magdelena Racing’s Rankhasprivileges (supplementary nom, no rider) and Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Sheikinator (supplementary nom, no rider); J K Racing’s Brother Soldier (Craig Dollase, Edwin Maldonado); Brewster Racing Stable et al’s Karma King (Dollase, Joe Talamo); and Gary and Mary West’s Poker Player (supplementary nom, no rider).