Pinehurst strides clear in Del Mar Futurity (G1)
RSS Feeds Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Eddie Woods training grad Pinehurst crossed the wire a 4 1/2-length winner in Monday's $300,000 Del Mar Futurity (G1), establishing the 2-year-old colt as the top horse on the west coast in his division heading into the autumn racing season.

Trained by Bob Baffert and owned by a partnership headed by SF Racing, Starlight Racing, and Madaket Stables, Pinehurst has won both of his starts and earned  $222,000.

Pinehurst and stablemate Murray were the quickest out of the gate, with Pinehurst showing the way through a half-mile in :44.77. Pinehurst, under Mike Smith, went clear from just outside the quarter-mile mark and widened his lead all the way to the wire, finishing the seven furlongs in 1:23.55.

"When we ran last time (in his Aug. 1 debut maiden win), he stumbled pretty badly coming out of there, but he still made the lead," said winning rider Mike Smith. "So I knew he was plenty quick. When you ride for Bob, you ride with confidence. He puts so much foundation under them, and they all come running." 

Pinehurst is a son of Twirling Candy and was bred in Kentucky by Fred Hertrich III and John Fielding.