CYPRESS, Calif. — Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who became the first trainer to win the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity and the Starlet in the same year in 2017, will try to duplicate the feat Saturday.
Baffert, who won the Futurity with McKinzie – after the disqualification of stablemate Solomini – and the Starlet with Dream Tree a year ago, will have two representatives in each of the Grade I events for 2-year-olds to be offered for the fifth time at Los Alamitos.
Baffert, who has won the Starlet – which is restricted to fillies – four times, is scheduled to run Chasing Yesterday and Mother Mother in that race after sending out Improbable (left photo by Zoe Metz) and Mucho Gusto in the Futurity, a race he has captured 10 times, including all four at Los Alamitos.
Both the Starlet and CashCall Futurity were run previously at Hollywood Park (1981-2013).
Post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m. The Futurity is the fifth of nine races and has a scheduled post time of 2:28 p.m. while the Starlet goes about one hour later as the seventh race.
Won previously by stars such as Snow Chief, A.P. Indy, Best Pal, Real Quiet, Point Given, Lookin At Lucky and Shared Belief, the CashCall Futurity is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby’’ series. Saturday’s winner will receive 10 points towards securing a spot in the starting gate May 4, 2019 at Churchill Downs.
The Starlet, whose past winners include Althea, Very Subtle, Goodbye Halo, Sardula, Serena’s Song, Surfside, Blind Luck, Take Charge Brandi and Abel Tasman, is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Oaks’’ series. The winner Saturday will receive 10 points towards earning a berth in the Kentucky Oaks next May 3 in Louisville.