Harty says Ur­lacher fits in Fu­tu­rity

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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.

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