'Drama' Tops CashCall Futurity
by Claire Novak
Date Posted: 12/19/2007 7:03:01 PM
Last Updated: 12/20/2007 3:22:27 PM

Unbeaten Massive Drama heads a field of 14 in the CashCall Futurity.
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The top three finishers from the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III), led by the unbeaten Massive Drama, will meet again in the Dec. 22 CashCall Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park.

Contested over Cushion Track at 1 1/16 miles, the $750,000 CashCall Futurity has drawn a field of 14  2-year-olds and will be run as part of the two-day CashCall Futurity Festival, which begins Dec. 21.

Massive Drama, owned by Zayat Stables and trained by Bob Baffert, is the likely favorite after winning the Nov. 22 Hollywood Prevue. The Kafwain   colt went seven furlongs in 1:21.48, less than a second slower than the Cushion Track record for the distance, to win by 1 ¾-lengths. He previously broke his maiden at first asking, covering six furlongs in 1:09.12 over a muddy track at Monmouth Park during the Oct. 26 undercard portion of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships’ new two-day format.

Baffert, who seeks a record-equaling fourth victory in the Futurity, sent out Massive Drama for a speedy work Dec. 16, when the colt went five furlongs in :58 at Hollywood.

Richard Mandella trainee Into Mischief, owned by B. Wayne Hughes, was second in the Hollywood Prevue after battling gamely with Massive Drama down the lane. Into Mischief registered his most recent work Dec. 17, when he went five furlongs in 1:02.60 at Hollywood. The son of Harlan’s Holiday earned a victory in his only other career race on Oct. 21, when he won a 6 ½-furlong maiden-special-weight event at Santa Anita Park.

Trainer Todd Pletcher will saddle three starters in the CashCall – Meal Penalty, third in the Hollywood Prevue; the unbeaten Monba; and WinStar Farm’s Referee. Pletcher, chasing his North American single-season record for wins in graded stakes races, is one victory away from tying his 57-race record set in 2006. He sent out all three of his CashCall contenders for five-furlong works Dec. 16 at Hollywood, where Meal Penalty and Referee went in :59.60 and Monba covered the same distance in 1:00.

Meal Penalty, owned by Sassafras Racing and Gulf Coast Farms, made his first start in stakes company in the Hollywood Prevue and was closing gamely on the inside, having stalked the pace after a slow start. The Tale of the Cat   colt was formerly unbeaten, with two victories in a Sept. 11 Meadowlands maiden-special-weight race and an Oct. 14 Keeneland allowance event.

Monba, owned by Starlight Stable and Donald Lucarelli, broke his maiden first time out at Keeneland Oct. 17. A son of Maria’s Mon, he made his most recent start at Churchill in a one-mile allowance race Nov. 24, when he stalked the pace and got clear after swinging five wide into the stretch.

Referee, by Distorted Humor  , broke his maiden by nearly eight lengths at Turfway Park in September, but has not posted a victory in two races since then. The colt was 10th in the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (gr. I) at Keeneland Oct. 6, and came back with a second-place finish in a Nov. 10 allowance race at Churchill.

Also entered in the CashCall are the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-place finishers from the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I) – Ken McPeek trainee Old Man Buck, the Doug O’Neill-trained Overextended, and Chuck Peery trainee Shore Do. A son of Include  , Shore Do has not raced since the Breeders’ Cup, while Overextended finished second in the Nov. 18 Real Quiet Stakes at Hollywood and then ran fifth in the Boyd's Gaming Delta Jackpot Stakes (gr. III) at Delta Downs Dec. 7.

Old Man Buck, a son of Hold That Tiger, won the Nov. 24 Grand Canyon Handicap at Churchill by 2 ¼ lengths, going 1 1/16 miles in 1:14.20 for owner Lawrence Carroll.

Also of interest is California Cup Juvenile Stakes winner Sierra Sunset, whose back-to-back wins for trainer Jeff Bonde include an impressive eight-length victory in the Bay Meadows Juvenile Stakes in September.

Real Quiet Stakes winner Colonel John, second-place Generous Stakes (gr. IIIT) finisher Indian Sun, Slew’s Tiznow, Tres Borrachos, and Eaton’s Gift complete the field.

$750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I, Race 9, approximate post 4:35 p.m.), 1 1/16 miles for 2-year-olds, all weather surface
(all starters carry 121 pounds)

PP, Horse, Jockey
1. Sierra Sunset, Russell Baze
2. Massive Drama, Kent Desormeaux
3. Overextended, Martin Garcia
4. Eaton's Gift, Rafael Bejarano
5. Indian Sun, Alex Solis
6. Slew's Tiznow, Joseph Talamo
7. Tres Borrachos, David Flores
8. Colonel John, Corey Nakatani
9. Shore Do, Michael Baze
10. Monba, Garrett Gomez
11. Old Man Buck, Patrick Valenzuela
12. Into Mischief, Victor Espinoza
13. Meal Penalty, Ramon Dominguez
14. Referee, Julien Leparoux



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