Futurity Next for Lion Heart, Biancone Says

Lion Heart, an impressive six-length winner of the Hollywood Prevue Stakes for 2-year-olds Saturday, will be be prepared for a start in the Dec. 20 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

The Michael Tabor color bearer emerged from his triumph in good order, trainer Patrick Biancone said.

"He's fine today," Biancone said. "And if all continues to go well he'll go in the Futurity."

Lion Heart is a chestnut son of Tale of the Cat and the Mr. Leader mare Satin Sunrise, who was purchased for $1.4 million as a 2-year-old. The colt remains undefeated in two starts for earnings of $85,200.

Biancone also said that Pomeroy, who was withdrawn from Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) consideration after it was discovered he had a chip in his right front ankle, will return to the trainer's Santa Anita shedrow within the next few weeks.

"He had that little chip removed, but will be back on Dec. 1," Biancone said. "He's doing well."

Pomeroy, a bay son of Boundary and the Seeking the Gold mare Questress, won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile, but was disqualified and placed third for causing interference. The colt also finished second to division leader Cuvee in the Saratoga Special (gr. II) at Saratoga in August after winning a first condition allowance event by 11 ½ lengths. The colt has won two of four starts with a second and a third for earnings of $88,000.

It will be several months before Pomeroy returns to action, Biancone said.

Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) winner Whoopi Cat is back in full training now after developing abscesses in both front feet about two weeks before the Breeders' Cup. The daughter of Tale of the Cat is back in full training while Biancone looks for a spot for the dark bay or brown juvenile filly. Whoopi Cat is undefeated in two starts and has banked $115,800.

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