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Hollywood Park: Hollendorfer enters CashCall Futurity red-hot
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The way Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s stable has performed in the last week, the 2-year-old colt Fury Kapcori must be held in high regard for Saturday’s $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park.
Last Saturday and Sunday, Hollendorfer won six races at Golden Gate Fields and Hollywood Park, including three stakes. Two of the stakes were at Hollywood Park – Saturday’s Grade 2 Bayakoa Stakes with the 3-year-old filly Lady of Fifty and Sunday’s Soviet Problem Stakes with the 2-year-old California-bred filly Doinhardtimeagain.
“We had a big weekend and we’re really grateful,” Hollendorfer said.
Fury Kapcori is a stakes winner, too – in the Charlie Palmer Futurity at the Big Fresno Fair in October – and makes his graded stakes debut in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity.
The CashCall Futurity, which brings together promising 2-year-olds from throughout the United States, will be a key test for Fury Kapcori, one that Hollendorfer thinks the colt can handle.
“I think we’re going to be pretty tough,” he said.
Owned by Hollendorfer, Rick Awtrey, and George Todaro, Fury Kapcori has won 2 of 4 starts and $81,000. In his Hollywood Park stakes debut, he finished second to CashCall Futurity runner Carving in the Real Quiet Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 10. Fury Kapcori raced near the front throughout, led on the turn, and finished a half-length behind the winner.
Hollendorfer said that Fury Kapcori should be close to the front in the CashCall Futurity, but is not reliant on having the lead.
“He’s definitely rateable,” he said.
The CashCall Futurity has an expected field of 11, led by He’s Had Enough, runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Nov. 3; and Violence, winner of the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 4.
Other probable starters are Dirty Swagg, Little Jerry, Oxbow, and four colts trained by Bob Baffert – Carving, Den’s Legacy, Really Mr Greely, and Title Contender.
In November, Den’s Legacy won the Generous Stakes on turf and Really Mr Greely won the Hollywood Prevue Stakes for sprinters. Title Contender was eighth in the BC Juvenile.
Baffert is unable to start War Academy, a sharp maiden race winner Nov. 20 who was out of training earlier this month because of a brief illness.
“He got sick a couple of weeks ago, and I’ve missed some time with him,”
Monument targets Glorious
Monument, who won the California Cup Juvenile in October, but was ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 3, will start in Sunday’s $200,000 King Glorious Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds.
The King Glorious Stakes is the featured race on the final day of the fall meeting.
The Santa Anita winter-spring meeting begins Dec. 26.
La Canada next for Lady of Fifty
Hollendorfer has stakes plans at Santa Anita for his two recent Hollywood Park stakes winners.
Lady of Fifty is bound for the $150,000 La Canada Stakes for 4-year-old fillies over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 20. She won her second consecutive stakes in the Grade 2 Bayakoa, having won the minor Palm Springs Handicap at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.
“We want to look in that direction,” Hollendorfer said of the La Canada. “I think she’s really coming along.”
Doinhardtimeagain will stay with California-breds for the fillies division of the $300,000 California Breeders Champion Stakes over a mile on Jan. 26.
I never realized what a good trainer Hollendorfer was, I mean he was up north all these years , we dont see it down here in Southern California. But, as a Handicapper, you can always count on his horses to be ready, his babys always look good, and you can get some sort of a handle on his "go to " riders when and where in a certain race ! He is good for racing and as a handicapper, he makes the game fun !
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