Undefeated Cactus Ridge, who races in the colors of Dream Walkin Farm of country music superstar Toby Keith, puts his three race win skein on the line when he heads a field of six juvenile males in the $150,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity (gr. III) on Saturday's closing day card at Arlington Park.
A son of Hennessy, Cactus Ridge broke his maiden at Arlington on June 7 before stepping up to stakes competition for his next two starts. He was a 15-length victor in the $35,000 Canterbury Juvenile and most recently was a 6 1/2-length winner of the $100,000 James C. Ellis Juvenile at Ellis Park on Aug. 17. Eddie Martin Jr., who was aboard Cactus Ridge for the Kentucky race last month, has a return call on the Bret Calhoun-trained colt.
Korbyn Gold is the only other stakes winner in the field for the Futurity. The Steve Asmussen-trained son of Gold Case won the Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie in July and the Spectacular Bid Stakes over this oval three weeks ago. Between those victories, Korbyn Gold finished eighth after a steadied start and troubled trip in the Ellis Juvenile.
1. Texas Deputy, 119, Rene R. Douglas
2. Night Charger, 117, Shane J. Sellers
3. Cactus Ridge, 122, Eddie M. Martin, Jr.
4. Korbyn Gold, 119, Corey J. Lanerie
5. Glittergem, 117, Pat Day
6. Orphan Brigade, 119, Ray Sibille