Press ReleaseJune 7, 2014
Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series will wrap up on Saturday, but Los Alamitos’ version of the Triple Crown will only get started with the trials to the $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday night.
Ten trials will be contested starting at 5:45 p.m. with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the Ed Burke Million final on June 22. The Ed Burke Million is the first leg of the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, which awards a million-dollar bonus to the connections of a horse that sweeps the Ed Burke, Golden State Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities.
There are 78 freshman sprinters participating in the trials with 27 of them having already earned their maiden victory. Of the 78 runners, only two have enjoyed more than one win. They are Kindergarten Futurity (G2) finalists Pink Berreta, who races for Balgo Racing Team Inc., and David Brownell’s Off Beat. Pink Berreta finished third in the Kindergarten final on May 18 and will now compete in the ninth of 10 trials on Ed Burke night, while Off Beat, who was a troubled fifth in the Kindergarten, will take on a strong group of runners in the fifth division of the Ed Burke.
All eyes will be on S-Quarter K LLC’s Heza Dasha Fire, who posted the year’s most impressive victory when breaking his maiden on April 27. Bred in Washington by his owners, the son of Walk Thru Fire crushed his maiden rivals by a jaw dropping 2 3/4 lengths while covering the 300 yards in a sizzling time of :15.26. The gelding had been a star during morning works prior to his debut, headed by the fastest of 42 drills on April 5. To be ridden by top jock Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores, Heza Dasha Fire will start from post three in the sixth trial of the night. He’ll be facing a solid cast that includes the also impressive Sass Me Blue for Lucky Seven Ranch.
Trained by Cody Joiner, Sass Me Blue posted a half-length victory in her maiden outing on May 10 and it came against a good group that included Ed Burke trial participant Delightful Molly. A filly by Valiant Hero, Sass Me Blue is a full sister to A Ransom Handicap winner Jess Being Valiant. This trial will also feature San Gregorio Racing Stables’ Mr Jess Perry filly Luv Supreme, a neck winner on May 9. Saul Ramirez will pilot Luv Supreme for trainer Danny Montes. San Gregorio, Montes and Ramirez joined forces last year to win the Ed Burke Million final with Five Bar Cartel.
Trial night will kick off with a field headed by Ed Allred’s On The Move, a full brother of multiple Grade 1 winner Snitcher. The opening heat will also include EG High Desert Farms’ Dr Jess, whose mother Eye For Corona won the Golden State Million Futurity in 2007. The second trial will be headed by Balgo Racing Team and Marlyn Gonzalez’s Cold Hearted Cartel, a half sister to 2013 champion 3-year-old filly and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Super Derby winner Matabari. There are three other maiden winners in this race: BF Farm Boss, Candies Coconut and Lohan.
Christian and Ru Anna Singletary’s Laters Baby, a half sister of Charger Bar Handicap (G1) winner Tres Of Linda, and Silver Racing Farm LLC’s He Walks Thru Fire will lead the way in the third trial; while the fourth heat will include the highly regarded Apollitical Blood, a colt sired by 2010 world champion Apollitical Jess. Other maiden winners in this event include Bison Willie, Roaster, and Dirty Mike.
Kindergarten finalist Off Beat and Howard Nichols’ Vivid are the two headliners in the fifth race, with the Jose Flores-trained Vivid coming into the race after an impressive 1 ¾ length victory to break her maiden on May 17. Schiller Racing’s SR Valobra had been one of the top names in morning drills and she came back with a sparkling neck victory in her racing debut. Double Bar S Ranch’s Budder Than Ever and Steve Mickaelian’s Persuader each posted a daylight victory in their respective debut and figure to be top contenders in this trial event. The eighth division will feature Freakier LLC’s Fiery Kimbo and Nichols’ One More Card. The latter posted a 1 ¼-length victory in her only career starts. Lucas Racing, Inc’s Jacquie O finished fourth in her Kindergarten debut, but is another one to watch in this trial.
The aforementioned Pink Berreta, third in the Kindergarten, is the top name in the ninth trial. Lindolfo Diaz will saddle the filly, which’ll be ridden by Carlos Huerta from post number one. Phenomenal Jess, who arrives at Los Alamitos, after racing in the West Texas Futurity. Dutch Masters III’s Forget It will headline the final trial of the night. The Foose gelding was one of the favorites to qualify to the Kindergarten Futurity, but he bumped a couple of times during his trial race before rallying to finish in second place.
“I was sad that he did not qualify, but maybe it’s a blessing in disguise,” said trainer Jaime Gomez. “Hopefully he’ll be rested and enjoy a big race in the Ed Burke trials.”
Tom Bradbury, Tom Bradbury Jr. and Dennis McGowan’s Kindergarten trial winner Bossy Pants and Double Bar S Ranch’s Morethanmeetstheye will also participate in the final Ed Burke trial.
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