Las Vegas, NV - The culmination of the Del Mar summer meet takes place on Wednesday, September 5 with the main event being the 65th running of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity for two year olds. $300,000 is on the line for juveniles willing to go seven furlongs on Del Mar's all weather track.
A strong field of 12 will line up in race 8 on Del Mar's Wednesday card. Post time is 5:30 PM. The Race is a Breeders' Cup Challenge event for the Nov. 3 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park. Let's take a look at the 12 entries and their recent performances ahead of this most important Grade 1 event.
2012 Del Mar Futurity Race Favorites
Know More - comes from the same team as I'll Have Another - J. Paul Reddam and trainer Doug O'Neill are back looking to make a little more noise. Know More made a little history last time out becoming one of the few to win a graded stakes race in her career debut - the Best Pal Stakes here on August 5.
Scherer Magic - was the even money favorite in the Best Pal but finished a disappointing fifth. That after two career starts and two wins for trainer John Sadler. He romped to a 2 and a half length win in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship and won the other career start by over seven lengths. He will be looking to rebound from a bad performance in the Best Pal and can some mojo back with a good outing.
Del Mar Futurity 2012 | Remaining Field Entries
Capo Bastone - John Sadler colt came back from a 10 length deficit in his only career start and posted a win on August 4. He raised some eyebrows in that race and will look to raise a few more on Wednesday. New rider John Velazquez will most certainly help in the attempt!
Rolling Fog - Bob Baffert colt will try to give his legendary trainer an eleventh Del Mar Futurity win and is coming off a maiden victory here on August 4. Rafael Bejarano has been hot of late and will get the mount Wednesday.
Gabriel Charles - Fresh off a win against Bob Baffert's Den's Legacy here on July 21. Jeff Mullins trains this impressive colt and Joe Talamo will ride him in the Futurity.
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Switch to the Lead - won the Maiden Special Weight race in her first career start just barely holding off the second and third place finisher in that race and then followed that up with an OK third to Executivprivilege last time out in the Grade 3 Sorrento Stakes here on August 8.
Yankee Rebel - broke maiden in his only career start here on July 19 and looked good doing so.
Heir of Storm - broke maiden at Hollywood Park on July 1 but followed that up with a rather disappointing fourth last time out in the Grade 2 Best Pal against a few of the Del Mar Futurity entries.
The Whole Deal - has raced in two Maiden Special Weight races here and has failed to place in either - a fourth on August 12 followed a fifth in his career debut on July 21.
Pure Loyalty - has had one career start for trainer Mark Glatt - a second in a Maiden Special Weight race here on August 18
Caballo Del Cielo - Jeff Bonde trained colt will be looking for his first win after finishing second in his debut at Del Mar on August 12.
Ive Struck a Nerve - debuted with a sixth in a Maiden Special Weight race here on August 4 and followed that with an OK third in a similar race here three weeks later.