12/04/2010 4:11PM

Gourmet Dinner eyes CashCall Futurity

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Gourmet Dinner, winning the Delta Downs Jackpot, will ship from Calder to California for the CashCall Futurity.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Gourmet Dinner is likely to make his next start in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park on Dec. 18. The Grade 1 CashCall Futurity could be the first of several starts for the multiple stakes winner in Southern California this winter, trainer Steve Standridge said.

Gourmet Dinner won the $1 million Delta Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs in Louisiana on Nov. 20 and is currently based with Standridge at Calder Race Course in Miami. Standridge said Gourmet Dinner is scheduled to have a workout on Friday, which will determine whether the colt is sent to California.

“We’re looking very strongly at it,” he said of the CashCall Futurity. “If he works well, we’ll go for it.”

Owned by Our Sugar Bear Stable, Gourmet Dinner has won 4 of 5 starts and $809,660. His only loss was a second in the In Reality division of the Florida Stallion Stakes at Calder in October. As a 20-1 shot in the Grade 3 Delta Jackpot, Gourmet Dinner rallied from sixth in a field of 10 to win the race over 1 1/16 miles by 2 1/4 lengths.

Since the Delta Downs race, Standridge has noticed Gourmet Dinner has trained eagerly.

“He definitely has been more anxious to train,” he said. “He just came out of the race good. “

Plans for early 2011 have not been finalized, but Standridge said one possibility is at least one stakes at Santa Anita.

“We’ve given some thought that if he runs well out there, we might keep him out there,” Standridge said.

The CashCall Futurity is likely to have a large field. The list of candidates includes Comma to the Top, who won the Generous here on Nov. 27; Premier Pegasus and Industry Leader, the first two finishers in the Hollywood Prevue on Nov. 20; J P’s Gusto, who won the Del Mar Futurity and three other sprint stakes during the summer; as well as Rustler Hustler, Clubhouse Ride, High Level Jeff, Boxeur des Rues, and possibly Slammer Time, the winner of the California Cup Juvenile.