A compact field consisting of four mega-talented two-year-olds will vie in Saturday’s $200,000 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2). The “2020 Road to the Kentucky Derby” test attracted some of the best in the Golden State, and this 1 1/16-miles endeavor promises to be an exciting tilt.

Making up the quartet is a pair from the barn of Bob Baffert, who has sent out the last two winners of this race, as well as the second and third-place finishers of the recent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

Each of the four will receive qualifying points towards the 2020 Run for the Roses on a 10-4-2-1 basis. 

ANNEAU D’OR
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(102) when runner-up in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1)
Total Earnings:
$358,000
Owner:
Peter Redekop BC, Ltd.
Breeder:
Highland Yard, LLC
Trainer:
Highland Yard, LLC
Jockey:
Juan Hernandez
Sire:
Medaglia d’Oro
Dam:
Walk Close
Color:
Bay

This prospect was a daylight winner on the lawn at Golden Gate on debut, and then missed by a head in a fine performance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) second time out. Expensive son of Medaglia d’Oro has trained forwardly in the interim and draws inside in the compact field. Juan Hernandez retains the mount. 

WRECKING CREW
Total 4 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
2
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
(98) in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) third-place finish
Total Earnings:
$316,600
Owner:
Rockingham Ranch or David Bernsen, LLC
Breeder:
Westrock Stables
Trainer:
Peter Miller
Jockey:
Abel Cedillo
Sire:
Sky Kingdom
Dam:
Truelladeville
Color:
Dark Bay
Consistently good dark bay comes off a lifetime-best showing when third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) last time out. $875,000 two-year-old purchase is a three-time graded stakes placed performer with a lot of upside in advance of his second route attempt. Peter Miller charge will always be close beneath Abel Cedillo.
THOUSAND WORDS
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
89) in Debut Tally at Santa Anita
Total Earnings:
$30,000
Owner:
Spendthrift Farm or Albaugh Family Stables, LLC
Breeder:
Hardacre Farm
Trainer:
Bob Baffert
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Sire:
Pioneer of the Nile
Dam:
Pomeroys Pistol
Color:
Bay

Second time starter from the Baffert barn looked the part in his debut victory when powering home late at Santa Anita. $1 million son of Pioneerof the Nile will add blinkers for his stakes bow, and the colt has trained in rapid fashion in advance of Saturday. The January foal will have no trouble with today’s trip, and the excellent prospect will have Flavien Prat in the stirrups once again. 

HIGH VELOCITY
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
(90) in Bob Hope Stakes (G3) score at Del Mar
Total Earnings:
$90,000
Owner:
Gary and Mary West
Breeder:
Dell Ridge Farm, LLC
Trainer:
Bob Baffert
Jockey:
Drayden Van Dyke
Sire:
Quality Road
Dam:
Ketel Twist
Color:
Bay

Bob Hope Stakes (G3) hero is two-for-two in preparation of his first run going a route of ground for Baffert. The speedy son of Quality Road gets a fine outside post in the small field and should enjoy a great trip while always close beneath Van Dyke. The Kentucky-bred removes the blinkers for today and could be the one with expected improvement on Saturday.