Harty says Urlacher fits in Futurity
CYPRESS, Calif. – Urlacher is expected to be the only maiden in Saturday’s $350,000 Los Alamitos Futurity, a status that is little more than a technicality to trainer Eoin Harty.
Urlacher, who must be supplemented to the Los Alamitos Futurity for $20,000, finished first in a maiden race at a mile at Del Mar on Nov. 15 but was disqualified and placed second for causing interference in the stretch.
“He knows what it’s like to win a race,” Harty said. “If he’d stayed up, people wouldn’t question why I’m running in this race.
“He’s a decent 2-year-old. He’s proven around two turns, and I think he’s improved off every race. We don’t get too many opportunities for Grade 1 races at this time of year.”
Urlacher, by Discreet Cat, is owned by Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin Racing and is part of a projected field of seven in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Futurity, which is run at 1 1/16 miles.
The race is led by Mor Spirit, who was second in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 28, and Toews On Ice, who won the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at seven furlongs at Del Mar on Nov. 14.
Other candidates are I’malreadythere, who was third in the Hope; Hollywood Don, a stakes winner on turf at Del Mar in September; Frank Conversation, who was third in the Grade 3 Cecil B. Demille Stakes on turf at Del Mar on Nov. 29; and Sorryaboutnothing, who was promoted to first in the maiden race in which Urlacher was disqualified.
The Los Alamitos Futurity will not include Dr. Dorr, who finished fourth in the Bob Hope Stakes. Trainer Bob Baffert said on Wednesday that Dr. Dorr has been sidelined with sore shins and will be rested for 60 days.
Aqueduct: Queens County
OZONE PARK, N.Y. – Kid Cruz will try to end his severe case of seconditis in Saturday’s $100,000 Queens County Stakes at Aqueduct.
Kid Cruz, the winner of the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes in 2014, has finished second in each of his last four races, including a half-length defeat to Page Mckenney in the Swatara Stakes at Penn National on Nov. 25. That was his second start following time off for surgery to remove a bone chip from a knee, a procedure he also had done following his third-place finish in the 2014 Travers.
“We were a bit concerned we wouldn’t get him back the second time around, but he’s come back really well,” trainer Linda Rice said.
In the Swatara, Kid Cruz earned a career-best 102 Beyer Speed Figure.
Kid Cruz drew post 3 and gets in with 115 pounds under Jose Ortiz. Tommy Macho, the Grade 3 Discovery winner, breaks from post 4 under the top weight of 122 pounds. Javier Castellano is named to ride.
Others entered in the Queens County at 1 1/8 miles are Desvelo, Mylute, Turco Bravo, and Financial Modeling.
Gulfstream: Mr. Prospector
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. – A field of seven that includes the last two winners of the event, Speechify and Singanothersong, was entered Wednesday for Saturday’s Grade 3 Mr. Prospector. Favoritism in the six-furlong dash, however, likely will fall on either Stallwalkin’ Dude, the winner of the Claiming Crown Transit here on opening day, or Weekend Hideaway, the reigning champ in the Sunshine Millions Sprint.
The remainder of the field consists of X Y Jet and the Stanley Gold-trained duo of C. Zee and Grande Shores.
Speechify blew out three furlongs in 35.45 for the Mr. Prospector here Wednesday.
Mor Spirit, shown winning his maiden Oct. 23, enters the Futurity off a second in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.