Baffert Considers Mor Spirit, Toews On Ice For Los Alamitos Futurity

by | 12.13.2015 | 1:58pm
Toews On Ice shown winning the Bob Hope

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert may have as many as three participants in the Grade I, $350,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Futurity Saturday, Dec. 19 at Los Alamitos.

Scheduled at 1 1/16 miles, the Futurity will be run for the second time at Los Alamitos in 2015 after being known as the Hollywood Futurity (1981-2006) and CashCall Futurity (2007-2013) at the now-closed Hollywood Park.

Baffert, who has won the Futurity a record seven times – including a thrilling renewal a year ago with Dortmund – may enter Dr. Dorr, Mor Spirit and the streaking Toews On Ice.

All three would have to be supplemented for $10,000 – with an additional $10,000 required to start.

Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Toews On Ice, a son of Archarcharch and the D'wildcat mare Wild Forest Cat, has won three in a row, but the Futurity would be his first venture beyond seven furlongs.

Named in honor of Jonathan Toews, one of the stars of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Toews On Ice began his victory streak with a 7½-length score in the Barretts Juvenile Sept. 20 at Los Alamitos.

Bred in partnership by Baffert, Madeline Auerbach and the late Jack Klugman and owned by Baffert's wife Jill, Dr. Dorr was a troubled fourth behind Toews On Ice in the Grade III Bob Hope last month at Del Mar after prevailing as the favorite in his Santa Anita debut five weeks earlier.

Mor Spirit, who broke his maiden at one mile Oct. 23 at Santa Anita, was most recently runner-up in the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs for owner Michael Petersen.

Other possible Futurity participants include Frank Conversation, third in the Grade III Cecil B. DeMille on turf Nov. 29, Hollywood Don, who was unplaced in the Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Oct. 30, I'malreadythere, third in the Hope, Sorryaboutnothing and Urlacher.

Both Sorryaboutnothing and Urlacher, who finished 1-2 in a Nov. 15 maiden race after the latter was disqualified, would have to be supplemented.

Entries for the Los Alamitos Futurity will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 16.

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