Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will be looking for his third straight and ninth victory overall in Saturday’s $300,000 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity (G1), sending out the 1-2 morning line favorite Mastery and 7-2 second choice Show Me Da Lute.
Baffert won the Futurity last year with Mor Sprit and in 2015 with Dortmund. The race is a Road to the Kentucky Derby points race with 10-4-2-1 points at stake to the top four finishers.
Mastery is perfect in two career starts, breaking his maiden in his debut at Santa Anita by 4 ¼ lengths and came back to go gate to wire to win the Bob Hope (G3) in his stakes debut at Del Mar on Nov. 19.
The colt was a $425,000 Keeneland purchase, by Candy Ride out of an Old Trieste mare that has dropped two other runners including stakes winner Clear Sailing ($128,940).
The colt is currently listed at betting odds of +1000 in early Kentucky Derby wagering at Mybookie.ag. Mike Smith has the return call and the colt will break from the three post.
His stablemate Show Me Da Lute dueled for the early lead and finished gamely to break his maiden in his debut at Santa Anita on Oct. 29. The colt is by Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) champion Midnight Lute out of the stakes winner Tough Tiz’s Sis ($903,792) who has dropped two other winners including stakes winner Tiz Midnight ($339,800).
Mybookie.ag has the colt listed at +14000 in early Kentucky Derby betting odds.
The Peter Miller trained Bobby Abu Dhabi is the third choice on the morning line at 4-1. The colt was a head winner in his debut at Del Mar on Nov. 19. The $335,000 Ocala purchase is by Macho Uno out of a Saint Ballado mare that has dropped two other winners.
Dangerfield (6-1) stalked the early pace and finished evenly in a third place finish in the Delta Downs Jackpot (G3). The Doug O’Neill trainee won the Oak Tree Juvenile two back in his first start against winners.
Longshot Irap (20-1) completes the field. The O’Neill trainee made her first two career starts on turf, a third in her debut followed by a fourth-place finish at Del Mar in her last outing. The $300,000 Ocala purchase is by Tiznow out of the stakes winner Silken Cat ($102,120) who has dropped five other runners including Speightstown ($1.25 million).
The co-feature on the Saturday card is the $300,000 Starlet (G1) for juvenile fillies that drew a field of nine.
The Baffert trained American Gal is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The filly was third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in her last outing at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.
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