Two-year-olds will be showcased in two divisions of the Az Breeders’ Futurity, one for fillies, which drew a field of seven and the other for colts and geldings which attracted a field of nine. Both races will be run at 6 furlongs.
The $40,000 Az Breeders Futurity, fillies, 3rd Race
The division came up weak with two of the seven entrants still maidens plus a first time starter. The Kevin Eikleberry-trained Let Me Fly, with five of seven in the money performances, including two victories and a runner-up finish in the ATBA Stakes Futurity, will be the probable post time favorite.
The first-time starter Beauty Black deserves a look, being by prolific sire Rocky Bar and a work tab featuring three bullet workouts.
The $40,700 Az Breeders’ Futurity, colts & geldings, 6th Race
Eikleberry will look to sweep both futurities with the undefeated in two starts Loud N Proud. One of the victories the son of Maggie’s Wildcat captured was the $83,000 ATBA Sales Stakes for colts and geldings Nov. 3. The trainer’s son, Ry, comes in from New Mexico for both mounts.
$30,000 Cactus Flower, fillies and mares, 4th Race
Six-time winner McKenzie Honey and nine-time winner Sierrita will vie for favoritism in this 6 ½ furlongs dash. Both misses like to come from off the pace, leaving the front-running Foggia with a chance to steal the race.
$30,000 Cactus Wren, 3-year-olds and up, 7th Race
Could trainer Eikleberry win three of the four stakes? It’s possible, as he has nine-time winner Yo Y Me tuned up for his first start of the race meet and seven-time winner Fortified Effort coming off a four and half month respite for this 6 ½ furlong test. Yo Y Me, who will have Scott Stevens up, finished second in this race last year. Eikleberry’s son has the call on Fortified Effort.
This is far from a two horse race, however. Look for the Molly Pearson-trained, lightly-raced Famous Rock Star with Glenn Corbett up to make either one of the Eikleberry entrants earn the win. The 3-year-old shipped in from racing in tougher company in southern California to get nipped by three-quarters of a length in his debut allowance race at Turf on Nov. 24.