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Los Alamitos Futurity

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 12/16/2015 8:58:36 PM

About the Race and Track

It’s the last chance for romance for the juvenile looking to get a leg up on next year’s Kentucky Derby and the final step of the year is the Grade 1 $350,000 Los Alamitos Futurity.

Carded at a mile and a sixteenth, this is the 2nd time this fixture will be run at Los Al as it was staged at Hollywood Park from the early 1980s to 2006 and then renamed the CashCall Futurity.

Six starters in this race, Gato Del Sol, Ferdinand, Alysheba, Thunder Gulch, Real Quiet and Giacomo, have gone on to win the Kentucky Derby.

A Longshot With Some Value: I’malreadythere

This gelding has a shot to get an ideal 3-hole trip. He has shown he can pass horses, has won routing on grass and should give a very good account of himself.

 

The Pick: Toews on Ice (Win)

Bob Baffert , who has won this race 7 times has a couple of runners set to roll in this race. He will saddle Mor Spirit and Toews on Ice.

The latter has won three in a row but this will be his first attempt beyond 7 furlongs. Named for the Chicago Black Hawks start Jonathan Toews, his namesake has been very impressive so far.

He has extended in all of the wins, appears to be the speed of the speed and he has drilled several times since the last race.

Baffert thought enough of Mor Spirit to take him to Kentucky for a Grade 2 and although he caught a sloppy strip, he held his own with a solid second. And he’s trained forwardly since.

Urlacher was beaten by Mor Spirit two race back and although he finished first in last by a neck, he felt the wrath of the stewards when he drifted out and had his number taken down.

Sorryaboutnothing was the beneficiary when Urlacher was taken down. He has been steady working toward this race and trainer Doug O’Neill has won a third of his 18 starts at the meet so far.

Frank Conversation was third in the Grade 3 Cecil B. DeMille on grass in November. If he can transfer the grass speed he flashed in October, he’ll at least muddle the pace.

I’malreadythere is looking at a stalk and kick kind of journey this time. Being trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, you can bet you bottom dollar that he is fit enough with 4 works since his last race.

Hollywood Don was unplaced in the Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf. He was far from disgraced in his only dirt race. In that effort he was third to Nyquist in the FrontRunner and that runner flattered this colt by taking the BC Juvenile next out.

The call in this race goes to a cool customer, Toews on Ice. The colt holds a decided speed edge and maybe the most important thing he has going for him is the fact he has won on this surface.

He has proven he can take the heat of a duel and still live to tell about it. Ice, Ice Baby.

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