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Dortmund Wins Los Alamitos Futurity in Close Three Horse Finish

Added on: Dec. 23, 2014

The 3-5 favourite Dortmund beat second place Firing Line and third place Mr Z. by a slim margin on Saturday 20th December to win his first-ever $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity for two-year-olds. Dortmund set a new track record in the event which took place in Orange County, California and completed the race in a time of 1:40.86.

Dortmund, named after a German soccer team, remains unbeaten and continues his 3-year-old-season as a leading Triple Crown contender with three-for-three. Dortmund is already the early 9-1 favourite for the 2015 Kentucky Derby. The Big Brown colt has now amassed a career earnings totalling $359,400 and this latest triumph added 10 points towards starting birth in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series of races. Dortmund is trained by Bob Baffert and is owned by Kaleem Shah and on Saturday was ridden to victory by Martin Garcia.

“I asked Martin did you know you won? He said, 'Yes,' and I said, 'Why didn't you give me a fist pump to let me know?' I thought he won, but I wasn't sure. It was so close,” said trainer Bob Baffert, who nabbed his record seventh Futurity at Los Alamitos as a Quarter Horse contender. He then added, “I knew it was going to be those three (referring to Dortmund, Firing Line and Mr Z.).

They're all really good horses. He's such a big horse. I wasn't sure how he was going to handle the turns here. He broke well and [Garcia] got him into his own rhythm. He reminds me of Point Given. He's got a good mind, but he's still filling out and he's still learning.” We extracted these comments from the official ESPN website.

Only five juveniles raced in the $500,000 Los Alamitos Futurity, but the small field produced a thrilling three horse photo finish. Dortmund prevailed after a close stretch-long duel. He just managed to get his head down on the line to finish in emphatic style over the fast Los Alamitos dirt. Bob Baffert is delighted with the determination his horse put forward in the Futurity, which used to be called the Hollywood and then it was known as the CashCall. We hope that you will check back with us regularly for more details about some of the latest horse racing stories from the US and from around the world.