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Fresno Fair Features Futurity


By Dick Downey

The Fresno Fair brings back 2-year-old stakes racing this year, and Longview Drive and Hurry Home Clover lead a field of seven in the tenth on Sunday.

The 1 1/16-mile Charlie Palmer Futurity on the final day of the meet honors the fair's late former racing secretary of 38 years.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Longview Drive makes his fourth career start and has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favorite. He was second at Golden Gate Fields in his debut, then broke his maiden at Pleasonton and won the six-furlong Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa. Russell Baze re-takes the mount.

Hurry Home Clover, a son of Bellamy Road set at 3-1, won at fourth asking going a mile at Del Mar on Sept. 3, defeating Cloud Hopper, Liaison and seven others. Liaison came back to win a seven-furlong maiden special weight today at Santa Anita. Trained by Peter Miller, Hurry Home Clover will be ridden by Aaron Gryder.

At 4-1 and 5-1 are the alliterative pair of Mighty Monsoon and Marshal Marini.

Mighty Monsoon, a Forestry colt, won his debut and embarked on a campaign leading to the Charlie Palmer, his fifth straight stakes race. He's run third in the Lost in the Fog Stakes at Golden Gate; third in the Everett Nevin Alameda County Stakes at Pleasanton; third in the Grade II Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar and eighth in the Grade I Del Mar Futurity. Jeff Bonde trains. Frank Alvarado rides.

Marshal Marini broke his maiden in the claiming ranks in his debut, then finished third in the Cavonnier before winning a starter allowance at Golden Gate. Inoel Beato will be in the irons for trainer Clifford DeLima.

Sold Short (10-1), Gael Mania (20-1) and Taylor Marini (20-1) round out the field.

"There's been a void in 2-year-old stakes races the last couple years, but now we have the funding and felt we needed to spread it around to that program," said Larry Swartzlander, director of operations for the California Authority of Racing Fairs.


Post Horse ML   Jockey Wt A/S M Trainer
1 Gael Mania  20-1 Chris Russell 118 2 C L William J. Nolan
2 Longview Drive  6-5 Russell A. Baze 120 2 C L Jerry Hollendorfer
3 Mighty Monsoon  4-1 Frank T. Alvarado 118 2 C L Jeff Bonde
4 Marshal Marini  5-1 Inoel Beato 118 2 G L Clifford DeLima
5 Hurry Home Clover  3-1 Aaron T. Gryder 118 2 C L Peter Miller
6 Sold Short  10-1 David G. Lopez 118 2 G L Sam DiLaura
7 Taylor Marini  20-1 Daniel Sandoval 116 2 G L Vernon E. Aguayo
Owners:  1 - Bilich, Anthony, Cline, Steve, Cline, Christine and Schmitt, George and Mary Cla; 2 - Steve Beneto; 3 - Aldrich, Allen, Hanna, Mark and Lebherz, Philip; 4 - Barbara DeLima; 5 - Barber, Gary, Barber, Cecil and Northrop, Dan; 6 - DiLaura, Sam J. and Debbie; 7 - Vernon E. Aguayo
Breeders:  1 - Michelle Friedman, George Schmitt &Clare Schmitt; 2 - Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC; 3 - Diamond A Racing Corp.; 4 - Barbara Delima; 5 - B. P. Walden Jr.; 6 - RL Management, Inc.; 7 - Mark Tatch


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