Red Flag (Tamarkuz), last seen romping in the GIII Bob Hope S. Nov. 15, headlines Saturday's GII Los Alamitos Futurity S. Off the board in his main track debut Sept. 6, the chestnut graduated in a turf sprint at Santa Anita Oct. 10 and romped by 7 1/4 lengths in Del Mar's seven-panel Bob Hope back on dirt, earning an 81 Beyer Speed Figure. This will be his first try around two turns.
The only horse in the field to run a faster number is Spielberg (Union Rags), who earned an 83 Beyer when graduating two starts back going a mile at Del Mar Nov. 1. Second to Dr. Schivel (Violence) in his first two attempts, including the Sept. 7 GI Del Mar Futurity, the $1-million KEESEP buy was third as the favorite in the 1 1/16-mile GI American Pharoah S. at Santa Anita Sept. 26. Breaking his maiden going a mile in SoCal Nov. 1, the chestnut was fourth last time in the Bob Hope. His trainer Bob Baffert has won the last six straight renewals of this event and took home the Los Al Futurity trophy 12 times total.
Weston (Hit It a Bomb) opened his account with a pair of victories, including the GII Best Pal S. Aug. 8. The gelding was third in the Del Mar Futurity and fifth in the Bob Hope. He also navigates a route of ground for the first time here.
Richard Mandella saddled leading sire Into Mischief to a win in this event when it was a Grade I and known as the CashCall Futurity S. back in 2007. The Hall of Famer saddles one of that stallion's sons in this year's renewal in Bass homebred Petruchio. Third in his first two starts at Del Mar Aug. 1 and Aug. 29, respectively, the bay missed by a neck going a mile on the lawn in Arcadia Oct. 4 and broke through going that distance on the Del Mar sod Oct. 31.