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2-Year-Olds Spotlighted Saturday in Futurity and Lassie
Two-year-olds of both sexes take the spotlight Saturday at Arlington Park with the 77th edition of the Grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Futurity and the 77th edition of the the Grade III $100,000 Arlington-Washington Lassie sharing top billing on the 11-race card. Each of these prominent fixtures on the racing calendar will be contested over a one-turn one mile on Polytrack.
An overflow field of 14 2-year-old colt and geldings were entered for the Futurity topped by stakes winners Twelve Hundred, owned by B Jock LLC, and Alice Mettler's Hogy.
The former is an Illinois-foaled son of Cape Town and recent winner of the $60,000 Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile, a two-turn contest at that Iowa racetrack. The gelding, who broke his maiden over Arlington's Polytrack in July, is trained by Jim DiVito – far and away the leading conditioner of 2-year-olds at the meet with an impressive 8 for 13 record. Francisco Giles has the mount Saturday.
The latter, a Joel Berndt-trained son of Offlee Wild, carries a three-for-three mark into the Futurity with his most recent score coming in the $50,000 Brian Barenscheer Stakes at Canterbury Park on Aug. 14. His previous victories came over the Arlington Polytrack. Florent Geroux, who has been aboard for each of the gelding's starts, has a return call in the Futurity.
Others of note entered in the Futurity include Jerry Namy's Shared Property (Leandro Goncalves), a four-length winner at first asking at Ellis Park in July; Chuck & Maribeth Sandford and Secure Investments' Take Charge Indy (James Graham), a six-length victor over Polytrack in his only trip to post; Lloyd DeBruycker's Squid (Jesus Castanon), runner-up in the Barenscheer after posting an eight-length win in his debut at Prairie Meadows; and Leonard Blach & Ray Willis' No Spin (Eduardo Perez), a 5 ½-length winner here last out.
Also in the field for the Futurity are maiden winners Raut LLC's Danger Storm (Wade Rini), Vladimir Kazakov's Fairy Cat (Lyndon Hannigan), Lantern Hill Farm's Motor City (Calvin Borel), Stephen Baker's Saturday Launch (E. T. Baird), Sugar Daddy Stable's Ville (Julio Felix) and Eagle Valley Farm's Priceless Shore (Brandon Meier).
Completing the field for the Futurity are maidens Silverton Hill's Heiko (Jermaine Bridgmohan) and Bluegrass Hall's Ormond Quay (Israel Ocampo).
Glen Hill Farm's Struck It Lucky and Livin the Dream Racing 2010 LLC's Dream Peagasus should vie for favoritism in the Lassie, which drew a field of nine fillies.
Struck It Lucky, a Tom Proctor-trained daughter of Smart Strike won her debut here Aug. 21 by 2 ¼ lengths despite being bottled up in traffic at the top of the stretch when racing 5 ½ furlongs over Polytrack. Junior Alvarado has the mount.
The Ken McPeek-trained Dream Pegasus broke her maiden by seven lengths at Ellis Park on July 8 in a one-mile race originally carded for the turf. E. T. Baird picks up the mount on the daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus.
Essence of Bubbles, a recent purchase by Richard Ravin, makes her first start for her new connections in the Lassie. The daughter of Essence of Dubai, who is now trained by Larry Rivelli, carries a three-race win streak into the race including a two-length tally over Arlington's Polytrack on Aug. 25 Jozbin Santana gets the call Saturday.
William Cox's Ann of the Dance brings a perfect two-for-two record into Lassie. The Jim DiVito-trained daughter of English Channel won a two-turn allowance race by 6 ½ lengths over the Arlington Polytrack on Aug. 14. Diego Sanchez has a return engagement aboard Ann of the Dance.
Completing the field for Lassie are maiden winners Pop-A-Top LLC's Always Here Too (Leandro Goncalves), Frank Fletcher's Rocket Twentyone (Eusebio Razo Jr.), Michael Helmbrecht's Venetian Sonata (Jesus Castanon) and Sugar Daddy Stable's Yorona (Inocencio Diego); and maiden John Haran Jr.'s Coyote Breeze (Francisco Giles).