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Since shifting away from Hollywood Park, the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity has been gained 4 straight instances by coach Bob Baffert, who holds a powerful pair once more for Saturday’s $300,000 race. The High Four finishers at 1 1/16 miles will earn 2019 Kentucky Derby qualifying factors on a 10-4-2-1 foundation in a springboard to larger preps subsequent season.
The Futurity will go because the fifth of 9 races Saturday with a publish time of 5:25 p.m. ET. Right here’s a have a look at the sphere with early odds by Horse Racing Nation:
1. Unbelievable, 8-5 [City Zip — Bob Baffert/Drayden Van Dyke — 2: 2-0-0 — $89,520] Justify Jr.? At the very least on seems, with a chestnut coat and white blaze, Unbelievable is it, plus he’s additionally campaigned by companions WinStar Farm, China Horse Membership and SF Racing. Unbelievable needed to battle for his maiden win, however second out he regarded like a division chief when galloping to a 7 1/4-length rating in Churchill Downs’ Avenue Sense Stakes going a mile. He pressed the tempo, glided by with ease and galloped out nicely previous the remainder. The one to beat.
2. Savagery, 8-1 [Bellamy Road — Peter Miller/Rafael Bejarano — 5: 1-2-0 — $55,125] Dropped to maiden claiming firm three begins again, this one has regarded a lower above these ranks in his successive begins, ending second in Santa Anita’s Sunny Slope Stakes earlier than a runner-up to Mucho Gusto, a rival right here, in Del Mar’s Bob Hope Stakes (G3). The connections of Miller and Rockingham Ranch sometimes sign sprinter. Right here, they’ll strive for 2 turns. Use beneath.
3. Dueling, 4-1 [Violence — Jerry Hollendorfer/Mike Smith — 4: 1-2-0 — $74,000] Strong horses seem in his previous performances, with Dueling defeated by stablemate Rowayton on debut, then Sport Winner second out. Away from these, he broke his maiden stretching to a mile earlier than taking over the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Dueling completed sixth whereas taking loads of filth. He seems like one of the best menace to upset the Baffert runners if enchancment continues. Contender.
4. King of Velocity, 6-1 [Jimmy Creed — Jeff Bonde/Kent Desormeaux — 7: 2-1-1 — $145,980] The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, run over yielding floor, didn’t swimsuit this colt, who completed 12th. However twice a stakes winner, King of Velocity will return to filth, which he began on twice to open his profession, ending 4 each instances. Right here, we’ll discover out whether or not it was the floor or the dash distances that hampered him, as he later closed to win a pair of one-mile turf stakes. Toss.
5. Further Hope, 10-1 [Shanghai Bobby — Richard Mandella/ Flavien Prat — 5: 1-1-1 — $58,200] It took 4 begins for this one to interrupt his maiden, and that got here on the stretch out to Saturday’s 1 1/16-mile distance. He in the reduction of to seven panels for the Bob Hope, a race that proved a bit brief. He wound up fourth, however by simply 2 1/Four lengths. Maybe that might lead to a little bit of a value Saturday on a runner connections actually like. Longshot to think about.
6. Mucho Gusto, 5-2 [Mucho Macho Man — Bob Baffert/Joe Talamo — 2: 2-0-0 — $84,000] These similar connections, together with proprietor Michael Lund Petersen, gained this race in 2015 with Mor Spirit. They’ll search for one other one with a colt that broke his maiden operating down the lengthy Los Al stretch. He then gutted out a victory going seven furlongs within the Bob Hope. The category degree of his foes, and his capacity to stretch out farther make him the second option to stablemate Unbelievable. Contender.
Abstract: Given Unbelievable final ran on the Breeders’ Cup undercard — there have been a lot larger stakes later within the afternoon — this might mark his true unveiling ought to he replicate the final race. Given a brief discipline, it may additionally simply be one to look at and revel in, except you sport a powerful opinion on one of many non-Baffert runners. Dueling wouldn’t be an enormous shock, and he ought to go off as at the very least the third alternative.
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