HEAVILY-FAVORED DORTMUND WINS THRILLING LOS ALAMITOS FUTURITY; UNDEFEATED BIG BROWN COLT PASSES FIRST TWO TURN TEST
Making his first start around two turns, Dortmund, the 3-5 favorite, remained undefeated and became a Grade I winner, capturing a thrilling $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity Saturday at Los Alamitos. Contested for the first time locally after being run 33 times as the Hollywood Futurity (1981-2006) and CashCall Futurity (2007-2013) at the now-closed Hollywood Park, the Los Alamitos Futurity finished with Dortmund, Firing Line and Mr. Z on the wire together. The photo finish camera showed Dortmund the winner by a head with Firing Line a nose in front of 5-2 second choice Mr. Z.
A 2-year-old son of Big Brown and the Tale of the Cat mare Our Josephina, Dortmund, who was supplemented to the Futurity at a total cost of $20,000, enabled Bob Baffert to win the Futurity for a record seventh time and join fellow Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, who saddled Mr. Z Saturday, as the only trainers to win thoroughbred and Quarter horse Grade I races at Los Alamitos. Lukas became the first member of the club when Take Charge Brandi won the $350,500 Starlet Dec. 13.