CashCall Futurity Heads Stakes at Hollywood
The $750,000 CashCall Futurity (gr. I), an annual stop for future Triple Crown contenders, will once again be the most lucrative event on the stakes calendar for the final meet at Betfair Hollywood Park.
In all, 21 stakes worth $4 million are scheduled for the 29-day season, which begins Nov. 7 and continues through Dec. 22.
In its seventh year of sponsorship by the consumer loans company founded by owner/breeder J. Paul Reddam, who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Bands and Preakness Stakes (both gr. I) with I'll Have Another , the Futurity has produced six Kentucky Derby champions and winners of 15 Triple Crown races since its inaugural running in 1981.
The 33rd CashCall Futurity–for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track–will be part of a stakes tripleheader Dec. 14. The $250,000 Hollywood Turf Cup (gr. IIT) at 1 1/2 miles, and the $100,000 Native Diver Stakes (gr. III) for older horses at 1 1/8 miles onCushion Track, will also be offered.
"We are very grateful for Mr. Reddam and CashCall's sponsorship through the years, and believe the Futurity will again be an important step on the road to the Triple Crown,'' said Martin Panza, Betfair Hollywood Park's vice president of racing and racing secretary. "We're looking forward to an exciting final season.''
The Futurity isn't the only grade I for 2-year-olds. The $500,000 Hollywood Starlet for fillies will be run for the 33rd time Dec. 7 as part of a card that will include the $150,000 Bayakoa Stakes (gr. II) for older fillies and mares. Both the Starlet and Bayakoa will be run at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track.
Sharing the spotlight with the CashCall Futurity and Hollywood Starlet is the Turf Festival, which will be staged for the 20th time in 21 years over Thanksgiving weekend. The three-day festival consists of five graded stakes including the $250,000 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) for fillies and mares at one mile on the grass, and the $250,000 Hollywood Derby (gr. IT) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Both will be run Dec. 1.
The $250,000 Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) at 1 1/16 miles on turf kicks off the festivalNov. 29. The Nov. 30 program will feature a pair of one-mile races for 2-year-olds: the $100,000 Miesque Stakes (gr. IIIT) for fillies and the $100,000 Generous (gr. IIIT), both on grass.
Returning to the calendar for the first time since 2008 is the $100,000 Hollywood Turf Express. The six-furlong race for older horses will be run Dec. 8.
Two races making a comeback this fall are the Dec. 15 $100,000 Playa Del Rey Stakes, a six-furlong event for older fillies and mares last run in 2010; and the Nov. 9 $100,000 Moccasin Stakes, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies that returns after a one-year absence.
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