Derby Fever Hits Jim Rome’s Jungle

“The road to the Kentucky Derby might be through the Jungle!” cried Betfair Hollywood Park race caller Vic Stauffer on Saturday afternoon, as the undefeated two-year-old gelding Shared Belief romped in the CashCall Futurity, winning by nearly six lengths and making it look easy.

An undefeated, stakes-winning two-year-old in a race considered a Derby prep (though this year an unofficial one, as the Futurity was dropped by Churchill Downs from the roster of races in which horses can accrue points for the Kentucky Derby) is going to make some noise under any circumstances; when he’s owned by a man who also happens to be a national sports media personality, the buzz threatens to become deafening.

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