Lion Heart in Final Tuning for Hollywood Futurity
"It was a nice work," trainer Patrick Biancone said. "I'm happy with it; he's ready."
Kentucky-bred Lion Heart, a son of Tale of the Cat and Satin Sunrise (by Mister Leader) is undefeated in two starts for earnings of $85,200. Mike Smith will be in the irons on Saturday.
Mike Pegram's Kentucky homebred Quiet Cash, who broke his maiden in his fifth career start by four lengths on the turf Nov. 26, went five-eighths in 1:00 1/5 with Dana Barnes in the irons. The bay son of Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Real Quiet and the Corporate Report mare Queen of Money will be back on the dirt for the Futurity.
"Mike Pegram and I aren't in this game to win turf stakes," trainer Bob Baffert said. "We're in this game to win the Kentucky Derby. (But) we can always run him back on the turf later on down the road."Quiet Cash, who has earned $46,440 from a win and two seconds, will have jockey David Flores aboard for the 1 1/16-mile event.
Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens was aboard That's an Outrage for his six-furlong move in 1:13 2/5. Trainer Mike Puhich said the colt has improved so much since his seventh-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) that he deserves a shot in the Hollywood Futurity.
"He's doing really good right now," Puhich said. "I guess we'll see if he's really that good. He's matured and seems to be coming into himself."
That's an Outrage is a bay son of Quiet American and the Known Fact mare Cable News who was bred in Kentucky by Christopher L. Elser.
Everest Stables' Mambo Train, unplaced in three stakes attempts since breaking his maiden in August at Del Mar, went a half-mile in :47 1/5. The homebred son of Kingmambo, trained by Marcelo Polanco, is considered possible for the Hollywood Futurity.
Stan Fulton's St. Averil, who broke his maiden by three lengths at Santa Anita on Nov. 9, worked a bullet :59 1/5 across town at Hollywood Park for trainer Rafael Becerra. The Kentucky-bred Saint Ballado colt will be making his stakes debut in his second career start in the Futurity.St. Averil drilled in tandem with stablemate Rahy Dolly, a Hollywood Starlet candidate."They were just breezing," said Becerra after Tyler Baze worked the colt. Jose Valdivia, Jr., was on the filly.Becerra was fifth in the Futurity last year with Roll Hennessy Roll after the colt won the Hollywood Prevue. But he is optimistic that St. Averil will fare better. "This is only his second race and first around two turns, but he is bred for the distance," said Becerra.
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