JP's Gusto - 2010 Del Mar Futurity
DEL MAR, Calif. -- Trying to beat JP's Gusto, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has found out, is difficult with just one bullet. So when the Grade 1, $250000 Del Mar Futurity is run on Wednesday's closing-day card here, Hollendorfer will put a couple of rounds in the chamber, hoping either Indian Winter or Western Mood can knock off the pro-tem leader of the 2-year-old division in California. It will not be easy. JP's Gusto heads into the Futurity riding a three-race winning streak, including a victory one month ago in the 6 1/2-furlong Best Pal Stakes, Del Mar's major prep for the Futurity. But JP's Gusto will be trying to stretch his speed to seven furlongs, which, with his sprint-based pedigree, might be the outer limits of his optimum range. Western Mood was a distant third in the Best Pal after losing by just a neck to JP's Gusto in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship. The biggest threat from Hollendorfer's barn just might be Indian Winter, an Indian Charlie colt who, when closing sharply to win his debut going six furlongs Aug. 21, acted like he would appreciate more distance. "The thing I liked about his race is that he was down inside, taking a lot of stuff flying at him, and it didn't bother him at all," Hollendorfer said. "He acted like an older horse. He won by a half-length, but I think he was best by a lot more than that." Hollendorfer's biggest concern is that he is coming back in just 18 days. But the lure of a Grade 1 race, versus sitting on the sidelines until ...
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