Your Tent Or Mine, the longest shot in the five-horse $100,000 Hollywood Prevue (gr. III) for 2-year-olds, rallied between horses in upper stretch and carried jockey Patrick Valenzuela to a convincing win Saturday at Hollywood Park.
The sharp-looking bay son of Forest Camp
, trained by Neil Drysdale, stayed unbeaten in two starts and becomes a favorite for the 1 1/16-mile Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) Dec. 17. Your Tent or Mine scored a late-running half-length victory in his maiden special weight debut Sept. 4 at Del Mar.
"I like the fact that Patrick took him through there, he's got a great attitude," said Drysdale, who saddled A.P. Indy
to win the 1991 Hollywood Futurity. "He took him through his first race as well. He's very relaxed; he acts very seasoned. That (Futurity) is the plan. We tried to run him at Santa Anita, but all the 2-year-olds were sick."
Your Tent Or MIne completed the seven-furlong event in a quick 1:21, defeating pacesetter Da Stoops, ridden by Victor Espinoza, by 2 1/2 lengths. The Pharaoh, rallying on the outside for Jon Court, was fanned wide coming off the far turn by Da Stoops and settled for third.
"No doubt about it, he's nice colt," said Valenzuela of the winner. The jockey is currently on suspension but was allowed to ride under California's designated race rule. "He ran a very good race and went fast. The track is a little bit fast, but he was relaxed behind the leaders, and when I asked him to come on through the stretch, he poured it on the last eighth of a mile.
"Although he hadn't run since Del Mar, Neil has been trying to get a race for him," the jockey added. "We had to run in the stake because there was nowhere else for him, and he ran a great race. I think this colt has a great future."
Your Tent or Mine will attempt to become the third straight Prevue winner to remain unbeaten in the Futurity, following in the footsteps of Lion Heart and 2004 Eclipse Award winner Declan's Moon.
Old Thunder, the even-money favorite, broke last for Alex Solis and never got into contention, finishing fourth.
"I don't think he got a hold of the track," Solis said of the favorite. "The whole way he was switching leads back and forth. He never really felt comfortable running. I was right behind the winner the whole way. I had good position. But when I asked him to run at the quarter pole, he didn't really respond."
Bengal Lore, who pressed a smart pace set by Da Stoops (:22, :44 2/5, 1:08 3/5), faded to last in the stretch.
Your Tent Or Mine was unhurried early while racing along the inside for Valenzuela, who found room between horses as the field spread out for the stretch run. He ducked in under right-handed whipping from Valenzuela after opening up a daylight advantage but finished strongly.
Anthony Speelman owns the colt, a $250,000 Fasig-Tipton sale in February who was produced by the Prospector's Music
mare Shes Got the Look. R.C. Durr and George Budig bred the winner in Kentucky. Your Tent Or Mine banked $60,000 for the win, bumping his earnings to $91,800.
Sent off at 6-1, Your Tent Or Mine paid $14.20, $5.80 and $4.20, combining with the Bob Baffert-trained Da Stoops ($5.40, $3.60) for a $65.40 exacta. The Pharaoh's show price was $4.20.
"When the other horse (Your Tent Or Mine) went by me, I thought my horse would fight, but that was a little bit too much for him," Espinoza said of the runner-up.