11/08/2012 2:36PM

Hollywood Park: Avare to see if he's CashCall-worthy in Real Quiet

Benoit & Associates
Trainer Doug O'Neill says of Avare: "He acts like a two-turn horse for sure."

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile typically kicks off the unofficial run to the Kentucky Derby six months later. Here at Betfair Hollywood Park, the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity in December is often a preview of coming attractions for the next spring, too, and the route to that race begins Saturday, with the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes, in which seven late-developing 2-year-olds will try to step forward.

Doug O’Neill, who trains BC Juvenile runner-up He’s Had Enough, is hoping Avare can handle the class hike Saturday in the 1 1/16-mile Real Quiet. Fresh off a win against maidens going one mile on the turf at Santa Anita, Avare will try to earn his way to the CashCall Futurity with a top effort in the Real Quiet.

“He was a sharp fourth in his debut, and then he stretched out and won in his second start,” O’Neill said Thursday morning at Hollywood Park. “He acts like a two-turn horse for sure.”

In the five weeks since he last raced, Avare has worked three times, including an Oct. 26 drill with the 3-year-old Basmati, who came off a lengthy layoff to win on the Breeders’ Cup Friday undercard.

“He worked head-and-head with Basmati and might have been even a little better on the gallop out,” O’Neill said.

The likely favorite for the Real Quiet is Carving, who won his first two starts before finishing fourth to his Bob Baffert-trained stablemate Power Broker in the FrontRunner at Santa Anita on Sept. 29. This is a softer spot.

Fury Kapcori, winner of his last two starts since losing his debut, also could be a major factor. Though his last two wins were against easier at Golden Gate and the Big Fresno Fair, he appears to be improving, which is customary for a young son of Tiznow.

“He didn’t know what he was doing in his debut, and we didn’t want to run him at Del Mar, so we sent him to Golden Gate and he won, and then he won the stake at Fresno,” said Dan Ward, the top assistant to Jerry Hollendorfer, who trains Fury Kapcori.

Simon Eyes ships in from Keeneland, where he was a romping winner against maidens on Polytrack. He was well beaten in two prior races, both on dirt, and Hollywood’s Cushion Track surface usually approximates dirt more than Polytrack, so it’s tough to get an accurate reading on how he fits. Simon Eyes did remove blinkers for his last start. This will be his first try around two turns.

Glenco Kid ships in from Hastings, where he won a stakes last time out. Dirty Swagg stopped badly in the FrontRunner, but won his only other try around two turns. Ebony Gold was well beaten by Fury Kapcori at Fresno.