08/29/2008 11:00PM

Unbeaten juvenile gets tested


Fabulous Snoop hasn’t had an anxious moment while winning his first two career starts this summer at Yavapai Downs. He looks to continue that trend in Monday’s $20,000 Yavapai Downs Thoroughbred Futurity. The six-furlong event, for 2-year-olds who qualified from trials earlier in the meet, has a full field of 12.

The Futurity highlights the penultimate day of the stand. The 55-day meet comes to a close Tuesday. Racing returns to Turf Paradise in Phoenix for its 156-day meet beginning Oct. 3 and running through May 3, 2009.

Fabulous Snoop, owned by Fillipo Santoro and trained by Tom Bartol, won his debut here July 27 by 11 lengths while geared down. He did that despite a slow start, and he earned a 52 Beyer Speed Figure. He came back in a trial for this race Aug. 17. He dueled for the lead, fell back, and then rallied to win handily, posting a 50 Beyer.

Kristina Kenney, who was up for those two easy wins, has the call again from the rail.

Albacore Bob, trained by Larry Wells, was actually the even-money favorite in that Aug. 17 trial against Fabulous Snoop, who was sent off the 1.70-1 second choice. Under Dennis Collins, Albacore Bob dueled early with Fabulous Snoop and opened up on the far turn, but finished second, beaten two lengths. He ended up 11 lengths ahead of the third horse.

Collins has the call again on Albacore Bob, who graduated at Hollywood Park July 3 and who posted a 72 Beyer while running second in the ATBA Sales Stakes at Turf Paradise in May.

Ride the Bull rallied to win his debut here Aug. 17. The Beyer was just 39 but the manner in which he won was impressive. His sire, Candy Ride, was an unbeaten Argentine champion who also won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, and from his first crop has such nice 2-year-olds as Evita Argentina, one of the favorites for Monday’s Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante. Saul Duarte rides Ride the Bull.