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Viva Mi Corazon Looks to Validate in PCQHRA Futurity

Fastest qualifier looks for another top run at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal
October 4, 2013

Burnett Ranches and Johnny Trotter’s Viva Mi Corazon tries to back up his impressive fastest-qualifying trial victory when he races in the $435,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2) on Saturday night at Los Alamitos.

Viva Mi Corazon (First Down Dash-Miss Sin Tacha by Mr Jess Perry) won the second of 11 trials by a length, and his time of :17.333 for the 350 yards stood up throughout the rest of the trials. Seven of the 10 qualifiers came out of the first two trials, which were run in daylight.

The Trey Wood-trained gelding scored his third win from six starts after spending the summer at Ruidoso Downs racing for Wood’s father, Blane. He won his Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial and then finished a close third, beaten by a neck as the 9-5 favorite, in his Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial. He followed with a lackluster performance in his All American Futurity (G1) trial, finishing sixth, before heading to Los Alamitos and making his local debut in his PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity trial.

Linda Cannon’s Stel Hawk (Stel Corona-Tahma Hawk by Hawkinson) was second behind Viva Mi Corazon, and his time of :17.487 remained the second-fastest time throughout the trial program. The second-place finish came after back-to-back wins for the Chuck Treece-trained gelding that concluded with a win in the $25,000 California Breeders’ Freshman Stakes (R) back in July.

Dutch Masters III’s She Forgives (Foose-Forgive Him by Hawkinson) carries a classy resume into the Breeders’ Futurity. The Jaime Gomez-trained filly was second as the 13-10 favorite in the Kindergarten Futurity (G2) and then had a troubled trip in the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). She earned her spot in the Breeders’ Futurity with a third-place finish behind Viva Mi Corazon and Stel Hawk in their trial.