Make Music for Me, a maiden who finished a closing second to Lookin at Lucky in both the Best Pal Stakes and Del Mar Futurity, will start in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity Saturday, trainer Alexis Barba said Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Make Music for Me, a son of Bernstein, is winless in five starts and comes off a disappointing sixth-place finish as the 2-to-5 favorite in a maiden race at the Futurity distance of 1 1/16 miles here Nov. 22.
“I hope he gets a better trip this time,” said Barba. “He got behind a wall of horses and couldn’t get out.”
Make Music for Me showed great promise in the two Del Mar races and finished fourth in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland before hitting the sour note here.
“I’m pleased with the way he is doing,” said Barba of the colt, who worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 here Wednesday. “I hope to get back on track and see if he can duplicate his races at Del Mar.”
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who won the 2003 race on Lion Heart, has the call in the Grade I test. Make Music for Me has earned $118,700 for owners Ellen and Peter Johnson.
A field of seven is probable for the Futurity, headed by Lookin at Lucky. The Eclipse Award contender, an unlucky second in his last outing in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, heads a trio of candidates from the stable of Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who won the race for a fourth time last year with Pioneerof the Nile.
Baffert plans to enter Lookin at Lucky (Garrett Gomez), Generous Stakes runner-up Marcello (Jose Valdivia, Jr.) and either Conveyance or The Program, Victor Espinoza up.
Other probable starters include Breeders’ Futurity winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile third-place finisher Noble’s Promise (Robby Albarado), Hollywood Prevue Stakes runner-up Get My Fix (Joseph Talamo) and Prevue third-place finisher Seattle Ruler (Martin Garcia).
Seattle Ruler worked five furlongs in a bullet 59.40 seconds here Sunday for trainer Mike Harrington.
Bickersons, winner of the Moccasin Stakes in her last start on Nov. 22, worked four furlongs in 48.20 seconds here Sunday for the $300,000 Hollywood Starlet next Sunday, closing day of the Autumn Meet.
Bickersons, a Canadian-bred trained by Kelly Breen, will be ridden back by Joseph Talamo in the Grade I test for 2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on Cushion Track.
The front-running filly has won two of six starts and finished third in the Spinaway and Oak Leaf Stakes, both Grade I races. She has earned $149,180 for owners George and Lori Hall.
Beautician and Blind Luck, two-three finishers, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, are expected to head the Starlet lineup. Robby Albarado has the call back on Beautician for trainer Ken McPeek while Rafael Bejarano will ride Blind Luck for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Other probable starters include Miss Heather Lee (Victor Espinoza) and It Tiz (Joel Rosario), second and third, respectively, in the Moccasin; and Eastern shippers Amen Hallelujah (Alex Solis) from New York and Suzanne from Florida.
All the probables except It Tiz will be supplementary entries.
FINISH LINES — Joseph Talamo finished fifth aboard the Brian Koriner-trained California Flag in the Hong Kong Sprint earlier Sunday. Cannonball was tenth for trainer Wesley Ward. Black Mamba finished last in a field of 13 in the Hong Kong Vase…*Ahmed Ajtebi*, the Dubai jockey who guided Godolphin Racing’s Vale of York to an upset victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last month at Santa Anita, will make his Hollywood Park debut in the fourth race today aboard Darley Stable’s Chilecito for trainer Eoin Harty. “He’s going to be here for six weeks,” said Harty. “He’s got plenty of ability and is getting plenty of business.”…*Humberto Ascanio* moved to the top of the trainer standings for the meet with his third stakes win Saturday with Mast Track in the Grade III Native Diver Handicap. Ascanio is doing his mentor, the late Bobby Frankel, proud with four wins and two seconds with nine starts at the meet…Lava Man, scratched from his comeback in the Native Diver because of wet conditions, will try again in the San Gabriel Handicap on the Santa Anita turf Dec. 27, according to trainer Doug O’Neill.
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