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Righteous Brother the Choice in a Field of 10

October 31, 2003|BOB MIESZERSKI

Righteous Brother, owner of the fastest qualifying time in the trials on Oct. 17, is the likely favorite in the $864,850 Golden State Futurity tonight.

A Grade 1 for 2-year-olds at 400 yards, the Futurity has a field of 10 with all carrying 124 pounds.

Trained by Connie Hall for Pazazz Quarterhorses Ltd., Righteous Brother has won three of six and hasn't been worse than third. In his only other appearance in a Grade 1, he was third behind Metallic Lion and Dividends Declared in the Governor's Cup Futurity on June 21.

Leading trainer Paul Jones will send out four qualifiers in the Futurity, topped by Brookstone Bay, who won his trial by 1 1/2 lengths. The improving son of First Down Dash has won both of his starts at Los Alamitos. Well I Never, Sapranos Play Boy and Summertime Fly are the three other horses Jones will saddle.

The picks: 1. Subpoena. 2. Feature Willie. 3. Scudd Run A. 4. Winning Combo. 5. White Sage. 6. Love One Together. 7. Expo Express. 8. Brishane. 9. Righteous Brother. 10. Dont Squish Me.

Four! Saturdays Promise and Expo Express in the seventh, He Roves and Brishane in the eighth, Righteous Brother and Brookstone Bay in the ninth and Dont Squish Me, All Go Win, Willie Good Time and Run Five Dashes in the 10th.

Shots in the dark: Twotimesthirtyseven switches to jockey Alex Bautista in the second. Eastern Echo A debuts for trainer Paul Price in the third.

Post time: 7:15 p.m.

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