From our correspondent in California:
Some interesting news for gamblers about the Dec. 19 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.
Hope this stable note helps.
Make Music for Me, a maiden who finished a closing second to Lookin at Lucky in both the Best Pal Stakes and Del Mar Futurity, will start in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity Saturday, trainer Alexis Barba said last week.
Make Music for Me, a son of Bernstein, is winless in five starts and comes off a sixth-place finish as the 2-to-5 favorite in a maiden race at the Futurity distance of 1 1/16 miles here Nov. 22.
“I hope he gets a better trip this time,” said Barba. “He got behind a wall of horses and couldn’t get out.”
Make Music for Me showed great promise in the two Del Mar races and finished fourth in the Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland before hitting the sour note here.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who won the 2003 race on Lion Heart, has the call in the Grade I test. Make Music for Me has earned $118,700 for owners Ellen and Peter Johnson.
A field of seven is probable for the Futurity, headed by Lookin at Lucky.
The Eclipse Award contender, an unlucky second in his last outing in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, heads a trio of candidates from the stable of Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, who won the race for a fourth time last year with Pioneerof the Nile.
Other probable starters include Breeders’ Futurity winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile third-place finisher Noble’s Promise (Robby Albarado), Hollywood Prevue Stakes runner-up Get My Fix (Joseph Talamo) and Prevue third-place finisher Seattle Ruler (Martin Garcia).