Rolling Fog Earns Automatic Berth into Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile following Del Mar Futurity Win
DEL MAR, Calif. (September 5, 2012) – Arnold Zechter’s 2-year-old Rolling Fog became the second horse this year to qualify for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series following his 1 1/4 length victory over favored Know More in Wednesday’s $300,000 Del Mar Futurity on closing day of the 75th meeting.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a global series of 73 stakes races whose winners earn automatic starting positions into the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park on November 2-3.
As part of the enhancements of the Challenge series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the $60,000 entry fee for Rolling Fog, a 2-year-old son of Posse, to start in the 1 1/16 mile Grey Goose Juvenile and will provide the winning stable a $10,000 travel allowance to San Anita.
Rolling Fog joins Starlight’s Racing’s Shanghai Bobby, who won Saratoga’s Hopeful Stakes on Monday.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, who won a record 13 stakes races at the Del Mar meet, took control of the lead into the stretch and held off Know More. Rolling Fog completed the seven furlongs in 1:22.96.
“This horse had been training so great and today he ran to it,” said Bejarano. “Great trip today; everything worked out perfect. The distance was a bit of a question in my mind with him, but now I see he can handle it. In fact, I think he’ll go longer.”
Baffert trained 2008 Del Mar Futurity winner Midshipman to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita.
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