Updated on 12/18/2012 1:14PM

Hollywood Park: Violence remains unbeaten by capturing CashCall Futurity

Benoit & Associates
Violence, under Javier Castellano, handles his first two-turn assignment to improve his career record to 3 for 3 in the CashCall Futurity.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – It was his first race outside New York, around two turns, and under the lights, yet none of that, nor 10 rivals, could stop Violence from remaining unbeaten in the Grade 1, $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park, a result that positioned Violence as yet another elite Kentucky Derby contender in the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher.

Pletcher already trains likely 2-year-old champ Shanghai Bobby, who, like Violence, was sent west for a major Grade 1 race and won it, to remain unbeaten, in last month’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Violence has raced fewer times, but his athletic build, pedigree, and desire were on full display on a chilly evening at Hollywood Park.

Violence ($4.40), the favorite, got a gorgeous trip under Javier Castellano, who tucked Violence behind a spirited, four-horse battle  for the lead. He surged to the front in upper stretch and turned back a stubborn Fury Kapcori to win by 1 1/4 lengths. Den’s Legacy came with a big rush, but late, for third, another 2 1/2 lengths behind, but 5 1/4 clear of the rest of the field.

Oxbow was fourth and was followed, in order, by He’s Had Enough, Carving, Dirty Swagg, Little Jerry, Really Mr Greeley, Simon Eyes, and Title Contender.

Violence completed 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:43.50.

“I wanted to get a good position going to the first turn,” Castellano said. “I liked the way the race developed. It was his first race around two turns, and under the lights, so that was a concern, but he’s improving, and he’s very mature. He passed all the tests.”

Fury Kapcori was part of the early pace that saw he, Really Mr Greeley, Title Contender, and Oxbow tear through fractions of 22.97 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.07 seconds for the half, and 1:10.90 for six furlongs. He disposed of those three, but could not hold off Violence.

“He ran a hell of a race to be second,” said Fury Kapcori’s rider, Joe Talamo. “We’ll have to cross our fingers for next year.”

Pletcher trains Violence, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro, for the Black Rock Thoroughbreds partnership headed by Steven Marshall of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He was purchased as a yearling at Keeneland for $600,000 by bloodstock agent Nick Sallusto.

“He’s a big, leggy colt, and with his pedigree, we think he’ll get better and improve with more distance,” said Pletcher, who flew in for the race. “It’s exciting training horses like this, because, pedigree-wise, the farther he goes, the better he gets.”

Violence had made his first two starts in New York, including a victory in the Nashua Stakes last month at Aqueduct. He will winter in Florida, and was scheduled to head to the Palm Meadows training center on Sunday morning.

Pletcher said he envisioned a two-race Kentucky Derby prep schedule for Violence, beginning with a race “at the end of February or the beginning of March,” he said

Assuming Pletcher sticks to that schedule, the first races to be considered for Violence would be the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park, or the Risen Star at Fair Grounds, both on Feb. 23.



Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
You heard it here. Violence is a significantly stronger, classier horse than Shanghai. If you disagree, Im not going to begin to show you why because I don't want you to swing your money from Shanghai to my angle out of respect to my handicapping. If any of you followed my comments leading to CCF, I tried to tell you how weak the BC Juve came back. I made a one word comment...."Violence". You didnt listen and made Hes had Enough way too short of a horse. Hows YOUR bankroll doing?
BrandonLayer More than 1 year ago
Bragging about picking the even money favorite? Really?
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
You are right. That really does sound pitiful.
Frank More than 1 year ago
so what happened to Mario the Great! hahahahahahahahaha -- If Reddam wants to continue to win at this level he needs to sign a real jockey -- maybe Rafeal? One hit wonder Mario!
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Ill tell you what happened.... Hes Had Enough came off of a 17 on the sheets, Violence a 8-. If Violence made it across the line on all four, Hes Had Enough had no chance from the gate.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
In watching his three races, he's been a bit green, less so this last time. He appears to be a little lazy, not giving 100% and taking it easy on himself. The rider is busy the entire race, and even seems to pull himself up a bit when getting the lead. Could be his high head position or ears up throwing me off, but think there is more there with this guy. Not a bad thing for a two year old who's still learning.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
True. He seems like he's climbing instead of leveling and striding out...turf horses run this way on dirt.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
I noticed that too, he just never seems to level off at any point. He may also need to grow into himself a bit and mature, and we might see that until next fall.
Mark Scheider More than 1 year ago
Yet in his malaise, hes firing Rags that none of these horses can compete with. When Violence actually learns how to run, oh boy.
Jack More than 1 year ago
Damn, Baffert should have had MORE then 4 Horses in the Race...It's just UNFAIR to Bobby....
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Even more unfair for Pletcher to ship west and dip his hand in Baffert's cookie jar. I wonder if he asked for the 30k back he put up to supplement his own horse Carving.
Susan Huart More than 1 year ago
Magnificent beauty, Violence, and an exciting race. Still, I have to wonder how it would have gone with Ebby in there. I look forward to seeing V and many more here at Gulfstream. It's going to be a good crop for the Derby, IMHO! Congrats to Todd P and all the connections!
Alex Martinez More than 1 year ago
Not trying be mean, but 2 things: 1) Ebby was racing in the 4th race, an allowance/optional claiming race. 2) Ebby is 3 years old and this race only allowed 2 year olds
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
He reminded me alot of Fu Peg in appearance on the track. Big and classy looking with a beautiful neck. Just an observation.
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
Goodlookin' horse. Big. :)
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
He's so big. I hope they take it easy on him and let him mature a little more. A horse that size at 2 is gonna be a big, powerful animal unless he's overworked while still growing. I think Pletcher should take a page out of John Shirreffs' book. Just mho. He's a gorgeous horse with lots of potential.
Michael Arndt More than 1 year ago
Den's Legacy's move impressed me. It looks like GoGo has figured out how this horse needs to be ridden. He was last a quarter of the way around the turn in a full field, and third by the eighth pole.
Advance Plumbing More than 1 year ago
Thanks Todd for bringin V over. I used u to anchored my pk 4 that paid 1000 for .50
John Stevelberg More than 1 year ago
Pletcher is off to his usual early lead -- Baffert seems slow out of the gate -- but it is a "long" race to the first Saturday in May.