12/10/2011 2:49PM

Hollywood Park: Dominguez agrees to ride Majestic City in CashCall Futurity

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Ramon Dominguez, who leads the nation’s riders with more than $19.4 million in earnings this year, will ride Majestic City in Saturday’s $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.

The Grade 1 CashCall Futurity will be the first time that Dominguez has ridden Majestic City, a winner of 3 of 6 starts and $245,570. Trainer Peter Miller finalized the assignment on Friday.

“I said, ‘Who’s the leading rider in the country?’ ” Miller said. “I’ll try to get him. He’s a great rider.

“A rider of his stature will instill a lot of confidence in a still immature or green colt.”

Majestic City won two sprint stakes at Hollywood Park in the summer, but is winless in his last three starts. He was disqualified from second to third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity in September for a bumping incident in late stretch, and was second in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity over 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland on Oct. 8 after leading in midstretch.

In his most recent start, Majestic City finished 13th of 14 in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5 over a good turf course that he did not prefer, Miller said.

“He very easily could have gone into the Breeders’ Cup undefeated,” Miller said. “He could have won the Del Mar Futurity and Breeders’. We ran him in the Breeders’ Cup on a soft turf that he couldn’t handle.

“Things didn’t go perfectly going up to the race. I’ll put a line through it. If you cross out that race, he deserves to be favored.”

Owned by Jeffrey Bloom, Majestic City will race without blinkers for the first time in his career in the CashCall Futurity. Majestic City has raced on or near the lead in most of his starts. Miller would prefer the colt, by City Zip, start racing from off the pace.

“We hope to relax and set off the pace a little bit,” Miller said. “We know he loves this track, He’s 3 for 3 on it. We feel confident that he can get the mile and a sixteenth.”

The CashCall Futurity is expected to have a large field.

The top candidates include Basmati and Longview Drive, the second- and third-place finishers in the Delta Jackpot Stakes in Louisiana on Nov. 19; Drill, the winner of the Del Mar Futurity in September; Liaison and Rousing Sermon, the first two finishers in the Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 12; and So Brilliant and Brother Francis, the first two finishers of the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes over seven furlongs on Nov. 24.

◗ Turbulent Descent, the winner of the Grade 1 Test Stakes and four other stakes in her career, worked six furlongs in 1:12 at Hollywood Park on Saturday. Trained by Mike Puype, Turbulent Descent will be favored in the $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over seven furlongs on Dec. 31.