Saturday, December 15, 2012
Eddie Woods training program grad remaining undefeated with a 1 1/4-length victory in the $750,000 CashCall Futurity (G1) Saturday at Hollywood Park.
Violence, who is trained by Todd Pletcher for Steve Marshall’s Black Rock Thoroughbreds LLP, received a ground saving ride for most of the trip from jockey Javier Castellano. Angled outside Fury Kapcori, a 16-1 shot who survived a four-pronged battle for the early lead, for the stretch run, Violence gained a short lead with less than an eighth of a mile remaining and went on to a very professional looking win. The final time for the 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track was 1:43.50.
Violence, who increased his bankroll to $543,000, has earned his wins at three different tracks. The dark bay juvenile broke his maiden by a neck Aug. 18 at Saratoga and followed that up with a two-length decision in the Grade 2 Nashua S. Nov. 4 at Aqueduct.
“He’s a colt that we’ve thought a lot of all along,’’ said Pletcher. “He’s a big, leggy colt that we felt like was going to continue to improve and mature. After he won first time out, we talked about a couple of strategies. One was to try and make the Breeders’ Cup and the other was a more patient strategy.
“We decided to wait on the Nashua and when he ran so well in there, we started looking at whether we wanted to run him back in 20 days in the (Grade 2) Remsen S. (at Aqueduct), put him away for the winter or look for something else.
“We decided that if we were going to run him once more this year, this race made the mot sense. Another factor in deciding to ship out here is that he is the kind of horse that has such a great disposition and good mind that shipping wouldn’t bother him at all.’’
Pletcher added that Violence will get some time off and probably won’t make his 3-year-old debut until sometime in late February or early March.
A $600,000 purchase at the Keeneland September sale in 2011, Violence is by Medaglia d’Oro out of the Gone West mare Violent Beauty. The colt's third dam is the incomparable Sky Beauty, winner of New York's filly Triple Crown and Champion Older Mare who won 15 of 21 career starts.