Came Home, who set a stakes record in winning the seven-furlong Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga earlier this month, will start in Saturday's one-mile Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) according to co-owner John Toffan.
In the Hopeful, Came Home got the distance in 1:21.94 while finishing two lengths clear of Mayakovsky.
By Gone West out of the Clever Trick mare Nice Assay, Came Home is unbeaten in three starts including the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (gr. III). He has earned $211,440. It was announced last week that an interest in Came Home had been sold to Lane's End Farm. The colt will continue to race in Toffan and Trudy McCaffery's gold and silver silks. Came Home is trained by Paco Gonzalez.
Came Home is eligible to win a $250,000 bonus as part of the Bessemer Trust 2-Year-Old Challenge for any horse that wins the Hopeful and Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I).
Probables for the $250,000 Norfolk, in which all 2-year-olds will carry 118 pounds, are: Came Home (ridden by Chris McCarron); Essence of Dubai (Alex Solis); and Ibn Al Haitham (no rider). Ecstatic, an unbeaten Rahy colt and stablemate of division leader Officer, worked seven furlongs in 1:24 1/5, galloping out a mile in 1:37 2/5, for trainer Bob Baffert Tuesday morning. Ecstatic is possible for the Norfolk, but might ship to Kentucky for the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. II) at Keeneland on Oct. 6.