12/12/2013 4:07PM

CashCall Futurity: Shared Belief heads strong Hollendorfer pair

Benoit & Associates
Shared Belief has won both of his starts, including a 7 3/4-length score in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The stall that Shared Belief occupies in trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s barn here at Betfair Hollywood Park is strategically placed so he can see out a large opening toward the racetrack, perhaps a metaphor for a 2-year-old who could have an ambitious schedule on his horizon.

Shared Belief has raced just twice but was so impressive in both races that he is the acknowledged favorite for the Grade 1, $750,000 CashCall Futurity on Saturday. The 1 1/16-mile race will be his first start around two turns, but if he handles that like he handled his rivals in the Hollywood Prevue on Nov. 10, he could head into the winter as one of the leading prospects for next year’s major 3-year-old races.

The CashCall Futurity will be the final Grade 1 race run at Hollywood Park, which will have its final card Dec. 22. Although the CashCall Futurity was worth 10 points to the winner a year ago under the new system instituted by Churchill Downs to determine eligibility to the Kentucky Derby, it was removed from the points list for the 2014 Derby.

The race does have immediate importance, though. No 2-year-old has stood out this year, and with Eclipse Award ballots about to go out to voters, the CashCall Futurity offers a late-season chance to make a major impression. There are 13 in the race, including Bond Holder and Tamarando, both looking to become the only 2-year-old males to record a pair of Grade 1 wins this year.

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Shared Belief is seeking to complete a meteoric rise to the upper echelon of the West Coast’s 2-year-old male division. He beat maidens by seven lengths in his debut Oct. 19 at Golden Gate, after which Hollendorfer purchased the gelding privately from owner Marty Wygod for a partnership. Shared Belief then romped in the seven-furlong Prevue by 7 3/4 lengths while recording a Beyer Speed Figure of 99.

“He’s training well, and we expect a good effort,” Hollendorfer said Thursday. “At the very least, he deserves a chance to run in a race like this. It’s a much tougher race. It’s his biggest test.”

Shared Belief is a dark bay gelding with a star on his forehead. He trained early Thursday, then spent the rest of the morning looking curiously each way down the shed row and out toward the track.

“He likes to watch everything,” said Dan Ward, Hollendorfer’s assistant.

Hollendorfer also sends out Tamarando, who won the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in September and comes off a victory here in the Real Quiet Stakes on Nov. 23. With Shared Belief possessing early speed and Tamarando a solid late kick, Hollendorfer has a nice one-two punch.

“We’re very pleased with the away he ran last time,” Hollendorfer said of Tamarando. “He shows up every time.”

Bond Holder beat Tamarando in the Grade 1 FrontRunner at Santa Anita on Sept. 28, then was fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, his most recent start.

“Man, he’s doing really good,” trainer Doug O’Neill said at his barn Thursday. “I thought he ran huge in the Breeders’ Cup. He made up a lot of ground. Three quality horses beat him, and none of them are in this race.”

Like all Breeders’ Cup 2-year-olds, Bond Holder did not race on Lasix that day, but he’s back on it Saturday.

Also going back on Lasix is Tap It Rich, who was fifth in the BC Juvenile in only his second start. With a large field, “the break’s going to be so important,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert.

The break will be vitally important for Kobe’s Back, who landed the outside post.

“I wanted to throw up when he drew 13. That ruined my day yesterday,” his trainer, John Sadler, said Thursday. “But he’ll run.”

Kobe’s Back won his debut here in the Willard Proctor Memorial in June, then was sidelined until the Grade 3 Prevue, in which he finished second to Shared Belief.

“I thought he ran well,” Sadler said. “Nobody in the country was going to beat the winner that day. That horse is a formidable favorite.”

Sadler also sends out Candy Boy, who comes off an easy win against a soft group of maidens in his fourth start Nov. 22.

“He’s made steady improvement,” Sadler said. “He’s a big horse. The farther, the better for him.”

Also sending out two runners are trainers Ken McPeek and Craig Dollase.

McPeek has Sheikinator, who beat maidens going 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs in his second start Nov. 16, as well as Rankhasprivileges, third in the Delta Downs Jackpot after beating maidens at Keeneland.

Dollase has Brother Soldier, third in the Prevue, and Karma King, third in the Real Quiet.

Poker Player is making a return visit to Southern California. He was eighth in the BC Juvenile Turf after winning the off-the-turf Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland. He also goes back on Lasix.

Electric Eddie is a maiden who was second in the Real Quiet. Even Echo is a maiden who has yet to finish in the money in six starts.

jttf More than 1 year ago
Winners of this race and the breeders cup juvy very rarely have any success in the derby. Too much lasix use at two is a bad idea. Hollendorfer had huge day. We know what Baffert was using. What is Jerry using?
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
Way to go DRF, your live odds board dies again. On a Saturday. Only 4 races or more behind at most tracks, thanks for nothing. Bet it isn't working for the 3 paying customers either.
Mike Barker More than 1 year ago
BIG CHALKBUSTER BET OF THE DAY IN THE CASHCALL AT HOLLYWOOD!! RACE9 #9 KARMA KING 12-1 goes to the front and tries to bury them on the lead.. 3rd time back off the layoff and I expect him to run huge.
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
Being an East coast guy, I'm not particularly interested in West coast racing but I gotta say this looks like a hellava field...Loaded!!!
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
In other knews. I have a friend. An Iraq war vet who had to give his social security number n military id to a mexican assistant just to work and get paid in a varn where he is the only white american. Besides the trainer. Wake up American horseman. Please.
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
What are you trying to say?
Five More than 1 year ago
Mr Cook, are you drunk........typos & spelling ???? What ?
Frank Raspy More than 1 year ago
I had a friend once. He was on the road to ruin, until he came to a fork in the road. Fortunately, he took it and avoided a punctured tire. He got off at the next exit and assessed the situation. Luckily, he came upon a Mexican Restaurant, and he has been there ever since.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Not drunk at all. I am appalled at what I see in most barns. Cheap help abusing horses. No quality grooms. And 70% have no americans on the pay rolls. I miss the days where our african american and american causasions wrangled for who were better grooms. N usually it was the virginia african born guys who were better. But things all wrong now. Its sad to see a drunk..which I am not... Illegal beating up horses cause they are feelin good n are ready to race. N worse...a lot of my friends...great grooms,riders, or whatever are unemployed. Imagine giving your legal, private info to such a person. N may I ask, have you served. I did. Proudly. As many I know have. I would quit b4 I give my social to an illegal. You been on the rwcieving end of one using your social to get paid. Sound fun? Horses are my life. I am a graded stakes winning assistant. Worked for hall of famer n others. This situation is sad. And you are questioning ME? Apalling.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
I am a Navy Veteran USS Abraham Lincoln CVN 72, I understand you. I remember seeing videos of Seattle Slew walking with an African American in Belmont Stakes. When I was kid I had family that worked at Beulah Park and Scioto Downs. The illegal situation is very touchy subject, I would rather have an illegal working at track, then knocking me in the head and taking my wallet. This is why we need lower taxes and higher minimum wage.
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
What about the countless illegal workers who are abused every day by white trainers and assistant trainers who exploit that illegal status with cheap labor and 7 day work weeks...I've been there, I've seen it. Typical white guy more concerned about an animal than for a fellow human being...shame on you Tom.
ted More than 1 year ago
Gambling .........................................take PP
edb More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief does look like the winner on paper. 99 Beyer and two nice wins. But they are 2 yr olds adding to their resumes and anything could happen. 8/5 would be realistic odds. I like Tap It Rich to step up and win with Kobe's Back running second. Hopefully the derby point system means nothing just like last year. Hear the Ghost and Black Onyx run one good race and are contenders and then fade away. Just as long as we get 20 good horses in the derby ( five of Pletchers'), life is good. What happens as two year olds often doesn't matter as three year olds ( Shanghai Bobby). Just keep them healthy and running. Goodbye to Hollywood. We have lost another friend.
Ann More than 1 year ago
Only in our modern 2yo racing scene could a horse with a maiden win and a one-turn listed win be favored over two G1 winners who are proven at the distance.
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief just seems to be at top of 2yr old class entering this race on the west coast! Its just coioncides with the stable Jerry Hollendorfer has assembled,I believe he is the premier trainer on either coast! Claimers,young and older horses,whatever. Wherever he spots a horse theres that respect that this barn will win!
Matt D. More than 1 year ago
How in the derby world was the GI CashCall (Hollywood)Futurity excluded from the two-year old races which offer derby qualifying points. Those nine races offering points include some dubious selections, none worse than Woodbine's G3 Grey. This year that race had four starters so every starter "earned" points (10-4-2-1). Highly unlikely but envision this scenario- Grey loser claims final derby slot by one point, Futurity winner out. What a fiasco that would be! Now I understand the boneheads that be play politics (hence the Illinois Derby got screwed) but can anyone explain this blunder? What am I missing?
Walter More than 1 year ago
I believe it had something to do w Hol closing. Their points system makes no sense and diminishes the Derby.
Ghostzapper More than 1 year ago
And forget about seeing another legitimate filly in the Derby, either. Sad.