Millennium Wind, a half-brother of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Charismatic, will likely face Breeders Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Point Given in the $200,000 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Millennium Wind was a $1.2-million yearling purchase at the 1999 Keeneland September sale.
"I was with the Heerenspergers and helped pick him out," said trainer David Hofmans. "He's a pretty tough little horse with his own mind."
Millennium Wind won at first asking for trainer Hofmans in a seven-furlong maiden race at Hollywood Park in November. Hofmans says the son of Cryptoclearance doesn't resemble is Classic-winning half-brother.
"They're totally different," the trainer said. "Charismatic was a chestnut; this one is a big bay. And hopefully, he will not run for a tag."
Point Given is also related to a winner of two Triple Crown races. His sire, Thunder Gulch, won both the Derby and Belmont Stakes. Since finishing second in the Breeders' Cup, Point Given has turned in a pair of bullet works for trainer Bob Baffert. Like Thunder Gulch and Charismatic, Baffert has won two of the three Triple Crown races, accomplishing the feat with both Silver Charm and Real Quiet.
Others pointing toward the Futurity include Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) runner-up Chinook Cat, Golden Ticket, and possibly Signore Pasquale and Unbridled Time.