12/14/2013 9:04PM

Hollywood Park: CashCall Futurity romp puts Shared Belief in Eclipse picture

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Shared Belief, under Corey Nakatani, remains unbeaten in three starts by taking the CashCall Futurity.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Welcome, Shared Belief, to the Jungle for sure, the Kentucky Derby trail certainly, and perhaps to an Eclipse Award.

Shared Belief capped his brief, brilliant 2-year-old campaign on Saturday with a dazzling victory in the Grade 1, $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park, scoring a runaway win that puts him squarely in the picture for an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male, makes him and New Year’s Day - the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner - the leading contenders from the West Coast for next spring’s Kentucky Derby, and guarantees horse racing being put in the public eye for as long as the glow lasts because of his majority owner, Jim Rome, popular host of a sports talk radio show nicknamed the Jungle.

Shared Belief, in his first start around two turns and in a Grade 1 race, sat second during the early going, surged to the lead entering the lane, and drew off powerfully for a 5 3/4-length win under jockey Corey Nakatani.

Candy Boy, like Shared Belief a son of Candy Ride, held second after making a bold mid-race move that took him to the lead entering the far turn. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to third-place Tamarando.

Jerry Hollendorfer, a co-owner of Shared Belief, is the trainer of both he and Tamarando.

Bond Holder was fourth and was followed, in order, by Electric Eddie, Brother Soldier, Sheikinator, Rankhasprivleges, Even Echo, Kobe’s Back, Tap It Rich, and Karma King. Tap It Rich bolted on the first turn, and Karma King bolted on the final turn.

Shared Belief completed 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:42.16, which will compare favorably on speed figures to the 1:50.07 final time for 1 1/8 miles recorded by older horses in the Native Diver Stakes one hour earlier.

Shared Belief ($4) was sent off the even-money favorite against 11 rivals, despite his lack of experience. But he had been so impressive in his first two starts, against maidens going six furlongs at Golden Gate on Oct. 19 and in the seven-furlong Hollywood Prevue here on Nov. 10, that bettors backed him with confidence.

In the paddock, Shared Belief was on his toes, a sign he was eager.

“He’s not usually like that. He’s comfortable around the barn,” Hollendorfer said.

When the gates opened, though, Shared Belief was content letting Brother Soldier set off to the lead through quick fractions of 22.86 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46.59 seconds for a half-mile. Even when Candy Boy made his sudden rally heading into the far turn, which carried him past Shared Belief, Shared Belief waited for Nakatani’s cue. Once given it, he showed sudden acceleration.

“I never expected him to do it like that,” Hollendorfer said. In a classic, simply classic Hollendorfer understatement, he added, “Apparently he’s doing very well right now.”

Apparently.

Shared Belief has a compelling resume for champion 2-year-old male. There is no one in the division who has won two Grade 1 races -- so he is tied for first -- he dominated BC Juvenile graduates Bond Holder and Tap It Rich, and he has never lost.

With Hollywood Park closing, Shared Belief will head to Santa Anita on Friday and will be trained there in preparation for next spring’s Derby preps at Santa Anita. The CashCall Futurity did not offer any points toward the Derby – Churchill Downs having removed it from the points list after including the race last year – but Shared Belief will get ample opportunity to earn points in coming months.

Hollendorfer is reluctant to talk about the Derby – he has been snakebit there far too often – but did allow, “If you go to the Derby, the horse takes you there. You don’t take him there.”

Shared Belief, a gelding, was bred by Marty Wygod. After he won first time out at Golden Gate for trainer Jedd Josephson, Wygod sent him to Hollendorfer – as previously planned – but told Hollendorfer he wanted to sell the horse.

“I asked him, since the horse was coming to me, if he’d allow me a chance to buy the horse,” Hollendorfer said. After an asking price was named, Hollendorfer contacted bloodstock agent Alex Solis Jr.

“I told him I like the horse -- he’s a gelding, so it might be a risk,” Hollendorfer said. “Alex came and saw the horse, liked him, and said he’d put Jim Rome, himself, and Jason Litt in the horse. I took a piece, and so did George Todaro.”

Rome, the popular radio and Showtime sports personality, campaigns as Jungle Racing. His best horse thus far is Mizdirection, a two-time winner of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint whom Rome acquired through Solis.

“I just went with him,” Rome said, referring to Solis, “when he said to get in. Alex is an extremely disciplined buyer. He says no to most things.”

Hollendorfer would not divulge the purchase price, or the respective ownership percentages, but said Rome is the majority owner.

“And I have a decent piece,” he said.

 

 

 

 

Sebastian Piscuskas More than 1 year ago
This is truly so sad. You can hear Vic Stauffer echo through the track, I was at the track that day, and there really was hardly anyone there
BigBob McFall More than 1 year ago
As everyone knows anything can happen between now and then. I've seen ALOT of races and watched this horse all three times gate to wire. This horse acts as though he is the only thing on the track. Distance at this point in his prepping doesn't appear to be an issue. Post position and 19 other horses post the biggest problem. If this horse breaks well as he has in each race everything else is in trouble. This horse looks like the real deal to me. Maybe the announcer saw the same thing???
Old timer More than 1 year ago
The announcer of this race must have been intoxicated! He seems ready to award the roses to Shared Belief right now. It was a nice performance but we'll see. He did look impressive.
Quite A Dude More than 1 year ago
Vic Stauffer, the announcer, is the worst although he is likely right on this horse. Of course he's called a hundred horses super horse in the past. Good riddance to him..
Steve Rivas More than 1 year ago
Really, the only concern, and it's the big one, can he the mile and a quarter. Honor Code is still my pick.
JDS0810 More than 1 year ago
He's obviously talented, there is no doubt about that. Candy Ride's love synthetic and have excellent numbers on that surface. I see no reason why they won't run in the west coast Derby preps so before jumping 100% on the band wagon, I want to see a successful race on dirt.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
This Horse would of won the Remse Stakes by 10 lengths or more. Hahaha
Walter More than 1 year ago
Watch the video of his last two races. You can see they are educating this horse and he is learning during the races. Corey shook him up both times down the stretch to see what the response was, and it's been very positive. Imagine if he put him under an all out drive? It appears they are determining his distance limitation if there is one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Call and nice win, haters will hate on this performance!
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Maybe one out of a hundred. Do we really need a hate haters comment. You're pouting because one person put him down?
Bruce Eckhoff More than 1 year ago
It's too early to say he is good to go 1 1/4 miles, I have seen some spectacular performances by horses sired by Candy Ride, but they seem to fizzle out after brief careers. That being said this guy rated kindly and pounded a decent field in only his 3rd start. He did not 'act' like the spectacular Candy Rides I have seen before. Another thing that astute Cal handicappers have been noticing is that Corey is turning into a special rider these days as well. But until we know if Shared Belief can stay sound and sharp thru the SA Derby all we can do is appreciate the scintilating performance we saw yesterday. But remember it wasn't that long ago that there was a horse our east coast friends said might be the best ever named Verrazano.
s More than 1 year ago
106 Beyer- nice