The CashCall Futurity, once named the Hollywood Futurity, has been one of California's premiere races for Juveniles since 1981, it's 28 year history is sprinkled with a star studded list of American Classic winners. Among those Classic winners are Belmont winner AP Indy, Preakness winner Snow Chief, Real Quite, who missed out on Triple Crown glory by a scant whisker, and Preakness and Belmont winner Point Given, who also went on to Haskell and Travers wins. Other horses that have their names engraved on the CashCall trophy are some of California's most highly esteemed colts, Derby runner up Pioneerofthe Nile, Best Pal, Declan's Moon, and Brother Derek. Captain Steve another great colt went on to win the coveted Dubai World Cup two years after his CashCall victory.
This year's CashCall Futurity displays a short, but power packed field, featuring Noble's Promise winner of the Breeders Futurity and third place in the Breeders Cup Juvenile. Todd Pletcher offers up his talented Eskendereya, whose talent is well know after a win in the Pilgrim Stakes, but a troubled ninth place in the Breeders Cup has pushed him off the radar for most people. Then comes the talented Get My Fix, who ran second to American Lion last out in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes. Looking at this field, one may already wonder how much deeper could it get, when all those I've named so far are graded stakes placed, one a proven grade one winner. The answer is a lot.
The last two CashCall potential starters are probably considered the best two Juveniles based in California. They are the Breeders Cup Juvenile runner up, Lookin At Lucky and the Hollywood Prevue victor American Lion. Lookin at Lucky has the more experience of the two and will be making his sixth start of the season to American Lion's forth. Lookin At Lucky as of now has every reason to be considered California's top dog, or horse. Before the Juvenile the talented Baffert trainee was running on a four race unbeaten streak, until he had everything that could possibly go wrong do just that, proving a nose to much for the gritty two year old to overcome. However this field is a lot less crowded than the 13 horse field in the Breeders Cup, which should make for a much better trip. Couple that with his professional attitude on the track and courageous heart, you may just have you CashCall Futurity winner
While Lookin At Lucky is mature, experience and professional while racing his nemesis American Lion is just the opposite. Being sired by the dual Breeders Cup Classic winner and having the prominent sire Storm Cat as his grandsire, on his dam's side, he not only grand in physique, but breeding as well. Running next to other colts his age, American Lion appears a men among boys. However his immature attitude on the track proves otherwise. In the Hollywood Prevue American Lion was under a hard drive coming out of the turn. It took quite a bit of urging before he managed to come out of second gear, but when he did the sight of the handsome colt soaring down the track was a thing of beauty. Though, shortly after he made the lead he displayed his inexperience again, as he started to ease up and play around, almost getting allowing the fast closing Get My Fix to blow right by him.
So, here we are, two starkly different colts both with the potential to go on and become stars on next year Triple Crown Trail. While the entries are not definite for the race, the possible starters listed certainly have the potential to give the field some extra spice. All I can say is that in a race filled with so much raw ability you can count nobody out. Expect on heck stretch battle coming down for the line, and may the best colt win!