Outta Here Confirmed for Affirmed

Bill Currin and Al Eisman's Outta Here was confirmed a starter for Sunday's Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) at Hollywood Park after logging a five-furlong work in :59 4/5 handily over Hollywood Park's main track Thursday morning.

Jockey Tyler Baze, who will be aboard the son of Dehere in the Affirmed, was in the irons for the move, which was the third-fastest of 31 who went five-eighths.

"Outta Here is as good as he's ever been right now," said Currin, who is also the colt's trainer. "Tyler's going to ride him because his regular rider is in Japan."

Kent Desormeax, who has ridden Outta Here in all but one of his nine career starts, is currently under contract to ride in Japan and wasn't able to be back in California to ride the colt on Sunday due to previous commitments. The ultimate goal for Outta Here, according to Currin, is the July 13 Swaps Stakes (gr. II).

Outta Here won last year's $500,000 Delta Jackpot Stakes and placed in three other graded stakes events. He is expected to face Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. III) winner Blazonry, Snow Chief Stakes hero Chief Planner, Golden Gate Mile winner Ministers Wild Cat, grade II-placed Eye of the Tiger and maiden winner Bullistic in the Affirmed.