Your Tent Or Mine will be tested by seven other 2-year-old colts Saturday in Hollywood Park's $401,250 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), a 1 1/16-mile event that has produced six Kentucky Derby (gr. I) champions.
The decisive winner of the Nov. 19 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) will face more seasoned juveniles such as A.P. Warrior, Brother Derek and Bob and John. Your Tent Or Mine's 2 ½-length win in the seven-furlong Prevue followed a victory in his maiden debut for trainer Neil Drysdale and owner Anthony Speelman.
The other leading contenders have each routed successfully, which remains a question for Your Tent Or Mine.
A. P. Warrior lost by three-quarters length to Brother Derek following a troubled trip in Oak Tree's Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. Bob and John crossed the finish line six lengths ahead of his rivals in Hollywood Park's Real Quiet Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on Nov. 26 before a highly controversial disqualification to third.
Your Tent Or Mine – his catchy name resulting from the combination of the sire Forest Camp
and dam Shes Got the Look – will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, who took off A. P. Warrior when confronted with a choice.
"I think this colt has a great future," Valenzuela commented following the Prevue.
The 25-year-old Futurity has a history of divining the future. Including the six Derby winners, its graduates have combined to capture 14 Triple Crown races, 11 Breeders' Cup events and 20 national titles.
Bob and John's disqualification for stretch interference in the Real Quiet led to a maelstrom of indignation. "This was just not right," jockey Victor Espinoza said afterward. "Not for the horse. Not for the public. I could have won by 20 lengths, by the whole half of the stretch if I wanted."
The disqualification nullified the second win in four starts for the improving Stonerside Stable colt trained by Bob Baffert. "He is going to be unbelievable," Espinoza said. "I think he's going to be going to the Kentucky Derby. I really believe that. He's been improving with every race."
A.P. Warrior returned from his setback in the Norfolk to defeat Bob and John by four lengths in a one-mile allowance race at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. "His last race was huge," said Eoin Harty, who trains the son of A.P. Indy
for Stan Fulton. Garrett Gomez replaces Valenzuela in the saddle as A.P. Warrior seeks his third win in five starts.
A.P. Warrior demonstrated his readiness for the Futurity with a five-furlong bullet work in 59 seconds at Hollywood Monday.
Brother Derek, a California-bred son of Benchmark, will be making his first start since finishing fourth behind Stevie Wonderboy in the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). With that payday and his Norfolk triumph, trainer Dan Hendricks' colt has earned a race-high $257,730 for owner Cecil Peacock. Brother Derek, who was supplemented to the Futurity for $20,000, has two wins in four starts.
Kobayashi and Ecru Egret, a pair of colts who finished two-four, respectively, for trainer Beau Greely in a maiden race for 2-year-olds at Hollywood Park on Nov. 9, were entered.
Kobayashi, owned by Foster and Kitchea Stables, and Ecru Egret, owned by Minerva Stud, were both nominated and sustained for the race.
"Grade I and $400,000 were factors," said Greely of his decision to enter. "You know me. I'm not afraid."
Trainer Doug O'Neill entered a third maiden, Jealous Profit, for owner J. Paul Reddam. He was one of two supplementary entries.
Old Thunder was a surprise entrant after a disappointing effort in the Hollywood Prevue
"It was an owners' decision," said trainer Ron McAnally from Santa Anita after discussing it with owners Eric and Ilona Whetstone. "He trains good over here and he ran good over here, but he was spinning his wheels over there."
Bill Currin, trainer and co-owner of Bashert, elected to skip the Futurity with the colt, who attempted to work up to the race in his first start since a disastrous Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) on Sept. 7.
"He flipped in the paddock before the race and should have been scratched," said Currin. '"Three days after the race, a hematoma developed on the sheath of a tendon, and I gave him extra time off."
Currin said he wait for the seven-furlong San Vicente (gr. II) to begin Bashert's Kentucky Derby campaign. Bashert was the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III) and Best Pal Stakes (gr. II) runner-up this summer. $401,250 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I, Race 8, 4:05 p.m.), 2-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles
PP. Horse, Jockey
1. Bob and John (KY), Victor Espinoza
2. Old Thunder (KY), Tyler Baze
3. Kobayashi (KY), Martin A. Pedroza
4. Your Tent Or Mine (KY), Patrick A. Valenzuela
5. Brother Derek (CA), Alex O. Solis
6. Ecru Egret (KY), Jon K. Court
7. Jealous Profit (FL), Corey S. Nakatani
8. A. P. Warrior (KY), Garrett K. GomezEach horse assigned 121 pounds.