The son of Put It Back — named for the phrase made popular by broadcaster Chris Berman — scored a ten-length victory in his career debut at Bay Meadows before drawing off to win the Willard L. Proctor Memorial by four lengths here in May. He prevailed by a nose while making his most recent start in the Jack Goodman at Santa Anita Park in October.
Rafael Bejarano, who holds a commanding lead atop the jockeys’ standings as he aims to become just the third rider to sweep the five major Southern California meet titles, has the mount on Backbackbackgone. The field of six 2-year-olds lines up as follows:
Jack o’ Lantern, with Isaias Enriquez up, carries 116 pounds; Backbackbackgone, Bejarano, 120; Azul Leon, Garrett Gomez, 122; Ventana, Mike Smith, 116; Congor Bay, Michael Baze, 118, and Arashi Cat, Clinton Potts, 116.
Jpseph Lacombe’s Azul Leon is the most accomplished horse in the Prevue with three wins in five starts for a race-high $182,400 in earnings. The son of 2003 Prevue and Futurity winner Lion Heart was a four-length winner in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship here in July. He finished second — beaten a nose — but was placed first through disqualification in the Best Pal at Del Mar, before tackling Grade I company in the Norfolk and Breeeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. He finished sixth and ninth, respectively.
Melnyk Racing Stable’s Congor Bay ships in from Canada’s Woodbine with a perfect record in two starts. The son of Speightstown will be making his stakes debut in the Prevue.
Jack o’ Lantern steps up after breaking his maiden for a claiming tag of $75,000 in his second start, while Arashi Cat and Ventana finished third and fourth, respectively, behind Backbackbackgone in the Goodman.
Besides Lion Heart, three Prevue winners have gone on to win the Futurity — King Glorious (1988), Afternoon Deelites (1994) and Declan’s Moon (2004).
The 27th running of the Prevue is slated as the eighth of nine races on Sunday’s program at Hollywood Park. First post time is 12:30 p.m.