12/11/2010 2:21PM

Industry Leader tries to put lessons to good use in CashCall Futurity


INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The lesson that Industry Leader learned when he finished second in his stakes debut last month may prove invaluable in Saturday’s $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.

Industry Leader was beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Premier Pegasus in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue Stakes over seven furlongs on Nov. 20, but did not have the best of trips.

Jockey Rafael Bejarano had Industry Leader on the rail on the backstretch, while contending for the lead. Bejarano guided Industry Leader off the pace and to the outside toward the turn and watched the colt respond through the stretch to finish well. The move was not enough to produce a win, but it gave trainer Kristin Mulhall hope that Industry Leader would show further development.

“When he was on the inside, Rafael did the right thing by getting him to the outside,” she said on Saturday. “He kind of clicked off and ran on at the end.”

The Grade 1 CashCall Futurity offers a bigger challenge, better horses, and a start over 1 1/16 miles.

“He’s a big horse with a big stride and I think he’ll be better going two turns,” Mulhall said. “I think he’s still green, but he’ll be competitive. He’s really catching on.”

Saturday at Hollywood Park, Bejarano worked Industry Leader a mile in 1:39.20, the only recorded work at the distance. Mulhall was part of the team workout, riding the 4-year-old filly Argenta as a lead horse until the quarter pole.

“If he works alone, he’ll be gawking around by himself,” she said.

Industry Leader will be part of a large field in the CashCall Futurity, which includes the stakes winners Clubhouse Ride, Comma to the Top, Gourmet Dinner, J P’s Gusto, Rustler Hustler, and Slammer Time; the stakes-placed hopefuls Awesome Patriot, Prayer for Relief, and Riveting Reason; as well as Crimson China, Boxeur des Rues, High Level Jeff, and Ronin Dax.

Haimish Hy targets San Fernando

Haimish Hy, the winner of the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby on Nov. 28, is being pointed for the $150,000 San Fernando Stakes for 4-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles on the main track at Santa Anita on Jan. 15, according to Alan Sherman, assistant to his father, trainer Art Sherman.

Haimish Hy worked a half-mile in 49 seconds at Hollywood Park on Saturday.

Haimish Hy has never run on a dirt track, having raced on synthetic tracks and turf, but has excelled on those surfaces this year, winning two stakes. He won the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on the Polytrack synthetic surface in September.

“He’s a horse that will run on anything,” Alan Sherman said.

The Sherman stable had a big day on Friday when Smokey Lonesome rallied through the stretch to win a six-furlong allowance race on turf. Smokey Lonesome, 4, missed 18 months of racing because of ankle and shoulder injuries, a layoff that ended earlier this fall.

Setsuko possible for Malibu

Setsuko, who finished second in the Santa Anita Derby in April and has not started since the end of that month, is a candidate for the $250,000 Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita on Dec. 26, trainer Richard Mandella said on Saturday.

Setsuko worked six furlongs in 1:13.40 at Santa Anita on Saturday. Setsuko was fourth in the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs on April 30, his most recent race.