From the Bloodhorse:
Leave it to Spielberg to add drama to a six-horse Los Alamitos Futurity (G2).
The 2-year-old Union Rags colt, a $1 million yearling purchase, needed the length of the Los Alamitos Race Course stretch to get up in the final stride and register a nose victory over 33-1 longshot and pacesetter The Great One. The victory in the $200,500 race gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his seventh consecutive Los Alamitos Futurity, all since the Futurity was moved to the Orange County track following the 2013 closure of Hollywood Park, where it had previously been run as the Hollywood Futurity.
But under left- and then late right-handed urging from Flavien Prat, Spielberg, who had stalked the pace three wide in third, was able to reel in the leader and nail The Great One on the wire in a head-bobbing finish. Owned by BSW/Crow clients Madaket Stables and Golconda Stables as well as partners SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Siena Farm, and Robert Masterson, he was timed in 1:42.56 on a fast track and returned $5.80 for a $2 win wager.
Madaket Stables and Golconda Stables were some of the owners associated with Authentic, winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) and Longines Breeder’s Cup Classic (G1).
Spielberg improved his record to 2-2-1 from six starts with earnings that now stand at $257,200. Earlier this year he had run second in the Runhappy Del Mar Futurity (G1) and third in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1).
“I’m just happy for everybody in the ownership group,” Baffert said after Saturday’s race. “Now we can start thinking Derby. It starts here for us.”