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Shared Belief makes believers in CashCall
December 14, 2013, 11:45 pm

Jungle Racing LLC et al's Shared Belief continued to impress as he pulled away to win by 5 3/4 lengths in Saturday's Grade 1, $751,500 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park in the final running of the race at this venue. In the process, the nearly black gelding stamped himself as an early favorite for the 2014 Kentucky Derby.

"When you have these two-year-olds that are getting good, they all go under the microscope," trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. "I know the drill. I'm very pleased with his race -- how can you not be? I don't like to compare my horses, but I'd have to put him near the top. I don't like to put them on the (Kentucky) Derby trail, but we'll see what happens. If you're going to go to the Derby the horse takes you there, you don't take him there."

The two-year-old Candy Ride gelding remained undefeated and has won all three of his races by a combined 20 1/2 lengths. He broke his maiden by seven lengths for trainer J. B. Josephson at Golden Gate on October 19 and came back the following month to capture the Hollywood Prevue at Hollywood Park by 7 3/4 lengths in his first start for Hollendorfer.

Shared Belief stalked the pace down on the inside as eventual sixth-place finisher Brother Solider led the CashCall Futurity field through an opening quarter in :22 4/5 and a half-mile in :46 2/5 before weakening.

"Wow! My horse has a pretty high cruising speed and when (Candy Boy) made that early move, I couldn't go at that time," jockey Corey Nakatani said.

Shared Belief angled out off the rail entering the second turn as Candy Boy surged to the lead on the outside to post six furlongs in 1:11 1/5. Shared Belief was shuffled back to third but quickly made his move three wide around the far turn and emerged with the lead at the top of the stretch. He showed his talent by drawing off under a hand ride to put away his competition.

"Going in, I never expected him to do it like that," Hollendorfer said. "He's doing very well right now. I didn't really anticipate the horse being (near the lead). I thought others would send their horse, but it didn't turn out that way. (Shared Belief) took (Nakatani) there and I thought he was very comfortable. When he was ready he asked him and (Shared Belief) gave it to him. He was really on his toes today and that surprised me. He's never gotten on his toes like he did today. He's always really comfortable around the barn, really laid back."

Candy Boy held on for second by 1 1/4 lengths over Tamarando in third. Bond Holder, Electric Eddie, Brother Solider, Sheikinator, Rankhasprivileges, Even Echo, Kobe's Back and 5-2 second choice Tap It Rich, who broke slow and was rank in the early stages for jockey Mike Smith, rounded out the order of finish. Karma King did not finish and had to be pulled up, but walked off.

"He got into a nice rhythm going down the backside," said jockey Gary Stevens, who was aboard the runner-up Candy Ride. "I moved earlier than I would have liked and made the lead. He's a big, long-striding colt and I'm looking forward to riding him on the dirt."

"He ran well," said jockey Rafael Bejarano, who was on third-place finisher Tamarando. "No excuses. I had a perfect trip. He was moving really well, but the winner was much the best. I thought I was going to finish second, but (Candy Boy) kept on running."

"Tamarando ran a great third," said Hollendorfer, who also trains Tamarando. "I'm very proud of that horse as well."

Shared Belief crossed the wire in 1:42 for the 1 1/16-mile contest over the Cushion Track and collected $375,000 for his second stakes victory to boost his bankroll to $451,200.

"I said after Mizdirection won her first Breeders' Cup (Turf Sprint), no matter what happened after that, I was fine," Jim Rome, co-owner of Shared Belief said. "The second one was amazing and today was obviously a really incredible day.

"I just went with (Alex Solis II) when he said to get in. Alex is an extremely disciplined buyer. He says no to most things. Visually, that race he won at Golden Gate was so spectacular. I haven't owned horses very long and I don't have the background that a lot of people have, but I've only seen two other horses break their maiden like he did up north -- Mizdirection, who I bought in right after, and Turbulent Descent, who I had a chance to buy into and didn't and regretted that forever. Winning around two turns was the first main hurdle."

Bred in Kentucky by Pam and Martin Wygod, Shared Belief is out of the Storm Cat mare Common Hope, who produced Grade 3 scorer Little Miss Holly. The dark bay's grandam is Sown, who produced Grade 1 winner Key Phrase, and his third dam is Grade 3-placed Bad Seed. His female family also includes Grade 2 victor Half Ours and stakes winner Yankee Gentleman, both of whom are sires, as well as the 1999 Canadian champion three-year-old filly Gandria.

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