12/17/2014 3:32PM

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.”

Rosemarie Cola More than 1 year ago
what happened to Pioneer of the West? wasn't he supplemented too? Could have swore I even commented on it. Boy my memory must be slipping.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
They initially said they were going to do that...and yes, there was an article on here about it. But, then they pulled the plug and didn't go in the race. Don't know why. But, you're right Rosemarie, initially he was going to be supplemented.
Rick Lamond More than 1 year ago
Dortmund will have no problem with No Problem.
Ivan More than 1 year ago
NO PROBLEM will have NO PROBLEM smoking out this small field. Go watch the replay - check him out re-rallying when passed in the stretch and join me at the windows ...BEFORE...and...AFTER the race...OWNERS and TRAINER KNOW this game!
tommy More than 1 year ago
Mr z will be out of the exacta!! Dortmund is the best 2 year old baffert has but the problem is he don't train them properly and the horses digestive system cannot process the epo drug properly for him to win long races. The problem in this race is a small field of weak horses!! This weekend I will be betting stronger 2 year olds running at gulfstream!
Chas More than 1 year ago
Cut the purse by 250,000 and everyone stays home, especially horse from back east...I know Dortmund smoked his competition last out but, still this is a G1 race....it's not just having enough horses to avoid small fields but also having quality horses that is killing racing out here in So. California...
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
Making the jump from maiden claiming to graded stakes in span of a few races is not an easy task. Usually, just the fact he started in a claimer is a bad sign. Good horses aren't for sale.
Howard Schwartz More than 1 year ago
You forget Richard R the 75,000 maiden first time winner from the barn of D Wayne Lukas.
MF More than 1 year ago
Timely Writer began his career in a 30k claimer, and he turned out to be a pretty good horse.
Frank Reach More than 1 year ago
Charismatic ran in a 50,000 claiming race, and then went on to win the Kentucky Derby. Making the assumption that running in a claiming race means the horse can't be a good one is silly. It's going to be a good race. No Problem is a stone runner. May the best horse win.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I agree frank!! I guess it's about time lol!!! But let me explain the science behind the notation that it's the racing time at a given distance at a specific weight ( vo2max) which gives the horse class whether he's running in claiming races or grade 1. Example- when VEDAY ran 1 1/8 wih 123 lbs on sloppy track @ 1:49 or when tonalist ran the Peter Pan sloppy @ 1:48!!! Which was a track world record for a sloppy track!!! All other horses in Belmont and travers except for California chrome did 1 1/8 @ 1:50 Also not that Bayern in Haskell ran with 118 lbs along with epo drug and then at travers gave everyone equal weight and no epo drug was allowed for Bayern and baffert was begging to give Bayern 118 lbs and everyone 126 lbs which they refused!! Now Bayern is a beautiful horse but had a bad trainer who knows nothing about exercise science and that's why he was dead last because he had a low vo2 max!!
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
Guess Condo Commando isn't very good, either, hmm?
tommy More than 1 year ago
Condo commando is a filly( female) horse! Condo commando will win take charge Brandi !!