12/10/2015 1:46PM

Found Money faces easier company in King Glorious

Shigeki Kikkawa
Found Money, winner of the Santa Anita Juvenile, will start Saturday in the King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos.

CYPRESS, Calif. – The well-traveled Found Money will start in his sixth consecutive stakes Saturday in the $100,000 King Glorious Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds at Los Alamitos.

Considering the quality of his rivals in recent races, Found Money could be on the verge of his second stakes win on Saturday. He was fifth behind Nyquist in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar in August before Nyquist won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland in October. Found Money was second twice in California-bred sprint stakes to Smokey Image, who is unbeaten in five starts. Most recently, Found Money was fourth behind Exaggerator in the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana on Nov. 21.

Found Money is part of a field of 10 in the one-mile King Glorious and is the only stakes winner in the group.

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Key contenders

Found Money (Last 3 Beyers: 69-80-71)

Owned by breeders Paul and Zillah Reddam, Found Money won his first two starts, including the Santa Anita Juvenile at 5 1/2 furlongs in June. In the Delta Downs Jackpot, Found Money closed from eighth in a field of 10 to finish a well-beaten fourth.

“He didn’t have the luckiest of trips there, and he ran on for fourth,” said trainer Doug O’Neill. “He can handle a little adversity and still try.”

Found Money is likely to be near the front in the King Glorious.

“We should have good position going to the first turn,” said O’Neill. “Stamina-wise, he’s ready to go. I think he fits well.”

Tough It Out (Last 3 Beyers: 76-53-37)

Tough It Out was gelded following his second start. He won his third start in a one-mile maiden race on turf Nov. 12 at Del Mar.

“He always trains like he can run some, but in his first two races he looked like he was dogging it in the afternoon,” said trainer Phil D’Amato. “I gelded him after his second race, and last time he was a first-time gelding. I think that helped him put it all together.”

Xingontothebone (Last 3 Beyers: 73-47-39)

* Xingontothebone has won 2 of 9 starts, with his best finish in a stakes a third to Found Money in the Santa Anita Juvenile. He won an optional claimer for statebreds at 6 1/2 furlongs Nov. 27 at Del Mar in his first start with a full-cut blinker, said trainer Walther Solis.

“He’s been more focused,” said Solis.

Xingontothebone has drawn the outside post, a concern for his trainer.

“I wish I could have drawn more to the middle post positions,” said Solis. “He has plenty of speed to get in a good spot.”