INGLEWOOD, Calif. (December 15, 2010)—Comma to the Top will seek his third stakes win of the Autumn meet when he bids for his fifth consecutive victory in the $750,000-guaranteed CashCall Futurity Saturday at Hollywood Park.
A Grade I at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track, the Futurity attracted nine other 2-year-olds. It is the ninth of 10 races. Post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. There is also a CashCall T-shirt giveaway. The long sleeve shirts, which come in pink and blue, are available per paid admission while supplies last.
Owned by Gary Barber, Roger Birnbaum and Kevin Tsujihara and trained by Peter Miller, Comma to the Top began the meet with a gate-to-wire romp in the Real Quiet Stakes Nov. 6. He returned three weeks later to again lead throughout in his turf debut in the Generous. He will be ridden once more by Corey Nakatani, who is seeking his first Futurity score.
A Florida bred gelding by Bwana Charlie and the Stormy Atlantic mare Maggies Storm, Comma to the Top has won five of nine and earned $176,600.
The richest member of the field – earnings of $809,660 – is Gourmet Dinner. The Trippi colt out of the Pentelicus mare Potluck Dinner collected the bulk of his bankroll with a 20-1 surprise in the $1 million Delta Jackpot Nov. 20 at Delta Downs.
Owned by Our Sugar Bear Stable and trained by Steven Standridge, Gourmet Dinner has won four of five.
J P’s Gusto is the sole participant with a Grade I on his resume. The son of Successful Appeal out of the Caller I.D. mare Call Her Magic easily captured the Del Mar Futurity at seven furlongs Sept. 8.
Trained by David Hofmans for Gem Stable, J P’s Gusto has won four of seven and banked $387,360. He is a two time stakes winner over the Hollywood Park main track. The Kentucky bred won the Willard Proctor Memorial May 31 and the Hollywood Juvenile Championship July 5. Most recently, he was sixth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs, leaving him 0-for-2 at the CashCall Futurity distance.
Like Gourmet Dinner, Rustler Hustler is a newcomer to California. Trained by Rick Dutrow, Jr. for a partnership that includes Paul Pompa Jr., the Ecton Park colt out of the Cozzene mare Cozy Temper has won three of five while earning $144,470. In his first start for Dutrow, Rustler Hustler won the Gnomes Gold, a turf affair Oct. 31 at Belmont Park. The Pennsylvania bred has earned both of his two turn victories on grass.
A first out winner on the Del Mar turf Aug. 25, Ronin Dax is back in the state after two unsuccessful appearances in Grade III events at Woodbine and Churchill Downs. Owned by a partnership that includes Bruno DeJulio, Galen Ho’o, Molly Jo Rosen and trainer Bob Troeger, the Tapit colt out of the Clever Trick mare Fastandclever has earned $42,030.
Clubhouse Ride will be making the 10th start of his career for Six-S Racing Stable and Mike Petralia and trainer Craig Lewis. A two time winner with earnings of $197,550, the Candy Ride colt out of the Seeking the Gold mare Seeking Results was third in the Delta Jackpot, six lengths behind Gourmet Dinner.
J. Paul Reddam, who is the founder of the loan company that sponsors the Futurity, is the majority owner of High Level Jeff, who is trained by Doug O’Neill.
Also owned in part by his former trainer Steve Dwoskin, High Level Jeff was fifth as the favorite in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes when debuting for O’Neill and Reddam. The son of Vindication and the Storm Cat mare Stormy Reply has won two of three and earned $36,320.
Slammer Time will be trying to become the first California Cup Juvenile winner to capture the Futurity. Trained by Gary Mandella for owner Alto Racing LLC, the Grand Slam colt out of the In Excess mare Excessively Wicked has won twice in four attempts. His bankroll is $83,152.
Second in the Prevue, Industry Leader will try two turns for the first time. The son of Cherokee Run out of the Seeking the Gold mare Dynamite Miss has a win in two races and earnings of $42,800. He is owned by Dimitri Racing Stable and Twilight Racing and trained by Kristin Mulhall, who is looking to become the first female trainer to win the Futurity. Completing the cast is Riveting Reason. Owned and bred by trainer Myung Kwon Cho, the Fusaichi Pegasus colt broke his maiden in his sixth start Nov. 25. Out of the Known Fact mare Love and Marry, Riveting Reason has earnings of $91,300.
From inside out, the field for the CashCall Futurity: Ronin Dax, Mike Smith rides, 121 pounds; J P’s Gusto, Joe Talamo, 121; Rustler Hustler, Ramon Dominguez, 121; Slammer Time, David Flores, 121; High Level Jeff, Joel Rosario, 121; Clubhouse Ride, Patrick Valenzuela, 121; Gourmet Dinner, Sebastian Madrid, 121; Riveting Reason, Alonso Quinonez, 121; Industry Leader, Rafael Bejarano, 121 and Comma to the Top, Corey Nakatani, 121.
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