Comma to the Top will seek his third stakes win of the Hollywood Park meeting when he bids for his fifth consecutive victory against nine others in the $750,000, Grade I CashCall Futurity Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Comma to the Top began the meet with a gate-to-wire romp in the Real Quiet Stakes Nov. 6. and returned three weeks later to again lead throughout in his turf debut in the Generous. He will be ridden by Corey Nakatani, who is seeking his first score in the 11⁄16-mile Futurity.
The richest member of the field — earnings of $809,660 — is Gourmet Dinner. The Trippi colt captured the $1 million Delta Jackpot Nov. 20 at Delta Downs. J P's Gusto is the sole Grade I winner in the field having captured the Del Mar Futurity Sept. 8.
Trained by David Hofmans for Gem Stable, J P's Gusto has won four of seven and banked $387,360.
Stately Victor headlines Prairie Bayou
The Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway this Saturday has drawn a full field headed by Timeless Fashion and Grade I Blue Grass Stakes winner Stately Victor. The race, for horses three years old and up, covers 11⁄8 miles and carries a $50,000 purse.
Timeless Fashion has five wins in nine starts at Turfway. Stately Victor has won just once since his victory in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, taking the Ontario Derby at Woodbine in September.
Temporary deal reached for N.J. harness racing
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and horse owners reached a temporary deal to keep harness racing alive at the Meadowlands through the spring, buying more time for a deal to sell the nation's premier harness racing track.
Christie announced Friday that the state will offer standardbred owners a $1.2 million secured loan through April 1 using earnings from simulcast operations to pay it back.
If a deal is not reached by April, racing at the Meadowlands will shut down.