12/17/2014 2:32PM

No Problem supplemented to Los Alamitos Futurity

Benoit & Associates
No Problem, winner of the Bob Hope Stakes, will run Saturday in the Los Alamitos Futurity at Los Alamitos Race Course.

CYPRESS, Calif. – No Problem, the winner of the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar in November, was supplemented to Saturday’s $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for $20,000 when entries were taken Wednesday.

The former maiden claimer will be part of a small field in the Grade 1 race over 1 1/16 miles. The Los Alamitos Futurity has a projected field of five, led by the unbeaten Dortmund, who will make his stakes debut, and Mr. Z, who has finished second in four stakes this year. Other entrants are the Del Mar maiden race winners Bench Warrant and Firing Line.

Pioneerof the West, a maiden race winner Nov. 20 at Del Mar, was being considered for the race but was not entered. On Wednesday, trainer Mark Casse said he will aim for an allowance race with Pioneerof the West.

“If he runs well there, we’ll look at some of the big races in the spring,” he said.

No Problem, trained by Michael McCarthy, is owned by Hernando Gutierrez and Nerina Morales, who race as P and G Stables.

“They were game to do it,” McCarthy said of the supplement.

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No Problem won a $75,000 claiming race for maidens Oct. 26 at Santa Anita in his second start. In the $100,750 Bob Hope Stakes over seven furlongs Nov. 15, No Problem scored a 17-1 upset in his stakes debut.

McCarthy said that race makes the hefty supplement for the Los Alamitos Futurity worthwhile.

“It’s the progression you take from a Grade 3,” he said. “There is no reason not to run in a small field.”

Victor Espinoza has been booked to ride No Problem, McCarthy said.

Bench Warrant, Firing Line, and No Problem will be longshots against Dortmund and Mr. Z.

Firing Line beat maidens Nov. 30 at Del Mar in his second start, running 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.06. The Los Alamitos Futurity will be Firing Line’s first start around two turns. The colt, purchased for $240,000 at the Keeneland April 2-year-olds in training sale, races for Arnold Zetcher and trainer Simon Callaghan.

“We’ve always held the colt in high regard,” Callaghan said Wednesday. “We’ve thought his future would be in stakes, for sure. I think he’ll improve when we stretch him out. We’re kind of excited. He won his maiden nicely and in good time.”

Rafael Bejarano will ride Firing Line, who is expected to race from off the pace.

“In his races, he’s rated nicely,” Callaghan said. “He’s never been one to be really fast from the gate. We’ll let him sit where he is comfortable.”

At the same time, Callaghan acknowledges Firing Line faces a difficult job Saturday.

“Dortmund is a good horse,” he said. “Mr. Z is a solid horse with a lot of experience.”