Maiden-winner Tarpy’s Goal heads a field of six 2-year-old thoroughbreds Sunday as the 3-1 morning line favorite of the $150,000 Futurity Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park.
Dale Romans, the trainer of Tarpy’s Goal, also had him cross-entered in the Bashford Manor Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs Saturday but scratched him to race for larger purse money in the Futurity Stakes.
“You can be the favorite in New York in a six-horse field for $150,000, Grade II or be 8-1 in an 11-horse field in a $100,000 Grade III,” said Romans in an article written by Turf Writer Jennie Rees of The Courier-Journal.
A win in the Futurity would be a first for Romans who also recorded his first classic win earlier this year with Shackleford in the Preakness Stakes (G1).
This is the first year for runners of High Cotton, the sire of Tarpy’s Goal, to make it to the racetrack and Tarpy’s Goal is the lone winner out of five runners to date for a 20% win rate.
Despite the favoritism, the 84 Brisnet Speed Figure recorded by Tarpy’s Goal is not as high as the 106 recorded by Getupwiththesun (3-1) and the 94 set by Large Kaufy (7-2) who should also be competitive in this race.
Getupwiththesun, who is also stepping up in class, broke his maiden by an impressive 8¼-lengths going 4½-furlongs at Pimlico on May 12.
Dance With Ravens, the sire of Getupwiththesun, hails from a classy family with Belmont Stakes (G1) winner A.P. Indy as his sire and Canadian Triple Crown winner Dance Smartly as his dam.
Dance With Ravens has two winners in eight juvenile starters for 25%.
Sharon Brown, the second dam of Getupwiththesun, was the dam of multiple graded-stakes champion Holy Bull who also won the 1993 Futurity Stakes.
Wesley Ward ships Large Kaufy in from Calder Racecourse where he easily won his maiden debut by 4¾-lengths on May 14.
Large Kaufy is a descendant of the Mr. Prospector sire line and since 1990 that line has produced the most Futurity winners with nine victors: Charitable Man (2008), Private Vow (2005), Cuvee (2003), Whywhywhy (2002), Burning Roma (2000), Bevo (1999), Lemon Drop Kid (1998), Grand Slam (1997) and Traitor (1996).
Omega Code, the sire of Large Kaufy, has two winners in five juvenile starters for 40% win rate.
The Futurity Stakes is the fourth race on a 10-race card with a post time of 2:36 p.m. EDT.