Hollywood Futurity (gr. I)
(gr. I , 8.5f ,)
Thunder Gulch Turko's Turn , by Turkoman
BThe Thoroughbred Corp., KY.; OThe Thoroughbred Corporation; TBob Baffert
(DK B/ h,
Cryptoclearance Bali Babe , by Drone
BParrish Hill Farm, KY.; OHeerensperger, David and Jill; TDavid E. Hofmans
Deposit Ticket Tide , by Coastal
BFoxfield, KY.; OEllis, Ellis and Kirchhein; TMike R. Mitchell
Margins: 1, 7, 5. Others: Bank Street 121($20,430) . Winning Jockey, Gary L. Stevens.
Trainer Bob Baffert knows a thing or two about getting a horse ready for the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I). For the third time in four years, Baffert sent out the winner of the rich 11/16-mile race. In 1997, he saddled Real Quiet to win the Hollywood Futurity and sent out last year’s winner, Captain Steve. This year, it was Point Given, whose time of 1:42.21 was faster than Captain Steve’s clocking and slower than Real Quiet’s time. Point Given, the 3-10 favorite, finished a length in front of Millennium Wind, whose half-brother, Charismatic, was Horse of the Year in 1999.
Point Given, who went into the race off a nose beating in the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), worked like a pro at Santa Anita going into the Hollywood Futurity. On Nov. 23, he went four furlongs in :464/5, then reeled off three consecutive bullets workouts—six furlongs in 1:123/5 on Nov. 29, seven furlongs in 1:242/5 on Dec. 5, and five furlongs in :59 on Dec. 11.
A son of champion and dual classic winner Thunder Gulch, Point Given races as homebred for Prince Ahmed Salman’s The Thoroughbred Corp. A member of the ruling family of Saudi Arabia, Prince Salman is represented by additional 2000 graded stakes winners Spain, Arabian Light, Performing Magic, and Royal Anthem. Homebred Spain, whose big win came in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (gr. I), also is by Thunder Gulch.
Prince Salman bought Point Given’s dam, Turko’s Turn, for $130,000 at the 1996 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. In foal to Dehere, Turko’s Turn was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency. After foaling a Dehere colt in April of 1997, Turko’s Turn was bred to Thunder Gulch and produced Point Given the following year. Several months later, The Thoroughbred Corp. consigned Turko’s Turn through Mill Ridge Sales, agent, to the 1998 Keeneland November sale, where the mare was bought in foal to Hennessy for $160,000 by David Garvin’s Ironwood Farm.
In the summer of 2000, The Thoroughbred Corp. privately repurchased Turko’s Turn (in foal to Charismatic) from Ironwood following Point Given’s first start, a maiden race at Del Mar on Aug. 12. The colt finished second. Following the purchase, Turko’s Turn was sent to Rick Trontz’ Hopewell Farm near Midway, Ky., and is on her way to Dr. and Mrs. John Chandler’s Mill Ridge Farm near Lexington. Prince Salman keeps 25 mares at Mill Ridge.
Turko’s Turn is booked to Thunder Gulch for 2001. Spain’s dam, Drina, resides at Mill Ridge and is booked to Thunder Gulch. She is in foal to Thunder Gulch.
Thunder Gulch, who won the 1995 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has sired 11 stakes winners, including additional 2000 added-money winners Spain (gr. I), C’Est L’ Amour (gr. II), Thunder Bertie (gr. IIIT), Mystic Lady, Thunder Queen (Brz-III), Anatomy (in Australia), and Clonmel (in Australia). Thunder Gulch stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2001 fee is $30,000.—D.S.