Viva Mi Corazon Scores in PCQHRA Futurity
Son of First Down Dash gives trainer Wood and owner Trotter a second graded stakes win on Saturday.
October 6, 2013
Owner Johnny Trotter and trainer Trey Wood enjoyed quite an interstate futurity double after joining forces to win the Grade 1, $408,915 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park in Texas before following it up in California with Viva Mi Corazon’s highly impressive win in the Grade 1, $435,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity on Saturday at Los Alamitos.
Trotter and Wood’s victory in the Dash For Cash came with Dynastys First Call. They then secured their dynasty over the weekend’s futurities following Cody Jensen’s flawless ride aboard the First Down Dash gelding Viva Mi Corazon, which Trotter co-owns along with Burnett Ranches Ltd.
With Wood taking care of business with Dynastys First Call at Lone Star, it was his assistant trainer Paul Leal as well as his father, Blane Wood, which were in Orange County watching over Viva Mi Corazon. They all had to like what they saw from the Breeders’ Futurity fastest qualifier, as he turned in a near stakes-record performance after covering the 350 yards in :17.222. Finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Vessels Stallion Farm LLC’s Dynasty Of Habits, Viva Mi Corazon’s winning time tied for the third-fastest ever in this race and was only 3/100ths of a second off the stakes record set by Ima Chickie Two in 2011. Coming into this race with under $9,000 in earnings, Viva Mi Corazon added $178,500 to his bankroll following his fourth career win in seven starts. He has now made $187,360 in his career.
“This horse started early in training and made his first start in March,” said Dr. Glenn Blodgett of Burnett Ranches, who was on hand at Los Alamitos Race Course. “He had some hard luck early on and false broke and hit his face in one of the big futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs. We knew that he had the talent. He likes it out here and we’re very lucky to have him.”
Trotter and Burnett Ranches have formed a tremendous partnership over the years and have enjoyed nice success at Los Alamitos together. Their champion filly Miss Racy Jess won the 2011 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1), and Trotter campaigned the champion One Famous Eagle to great success at the Southern California track. He currently campaigns Hez Our Secret, a stakes winner at Los Alamitos and a multiple Grade 1 stakes finalist here.
“We’ve had a lot of fun together with our horses,” Dr. Blodgett added. “We have a compatible partnership and get along well. It takes a lot of luck to do well in this business and we’re very fortunate to have had some of that. We did well with Miss Racy Jess and of course, now 6666 Ranch stands One Famous Eagle. California has been very good to us. Johnny was torn because he wanted to come out here, but he was able to be on hand for the Dash For Cash at Lone Star.”
Viva Mi Corazon broke right with the leaders in the Breeders’ Futurity but then took off like a rocket 50 yards into the race. He separated himself from the field from there and was a convincing winner at 2-1 odds. He came into the race as the fastest qualifier following a similar three-quarter-length victory on trial night September 14.
“After what he did in the trials, he followed it up here,” added Blodgett. “He was tremendous in the trials, but sometimes horses don’t run back as well in the final. We’re happy with what he did tonight.”
Viva Mi Corazon was purchased for $75,000 at the Ruidoso Yearling Sale last year.
“Blane Wood found this horse,” Dr. Blodgett continued. “I was the last one to look at him. Blane ended up with the final bid at the sale and he bought us a fast horse. We now have this horse’s mother, Miss Sin Tacha, permanently at the ranch and his (breeders) Bob and Jerry Gaston are good friends and longtime clients. We’re connected to this horse in a lot of ways.”
Leaving from post number six on Saturday, Viva Mi Corazon put the exclamation point on another fine day for his legendary sire First Down Dash. The sport’s all-time leading stallion, First Down Dash, had the two highest sellers earlier on day one of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. His son, FDD Dynasty, was the winning sire of the Dash For Cash, and Viva Mi Corazon is now his newest futurity-winning son.
“It’s awesome,” Dr. Blodgett said. “It is a tremendous honor to still be involved with First Down Dash. We’ll still be breeding mares with his frozen semen. We’ve stood some of his sons at the ranch, horses like Stoli, First N Kool, Royal Quick Dash and Ocean Runaway. Even after his passing, First Down Dash continues strong. Often stallions late in their career lose a little bit of their luster, but First Down Dash is the exception to that.”
Viva Mi Corazon is eligible to compete in the trials to the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Based on this performance, he’ll be one of the horses to watch on each of those nights.
“Two of the most impressive 2-year-olds that I’ve been on this year are the top two finishers in this race,” said winning jockey Cody Jensen. “About 50 yards (Viva Mi Corazon) just started exploding. Once he started going I knew I was in pretty good shape. He’s a strong finisher. And let me tell you, Dynasty Of Habits is one talented filly as well.”
Trained by Cody Joiner and ridden by Francisco Rubio from the outside post 10, Dynasty Of Habits earned $72,250 for her outstanding effort. She came into this race having won two out of her previous three starts.
“That’s the best she’s left the gate,” Joiner said. “She left as good as she could and she was good closing, but the winner was just a tough horse. I’m really pleased with her. If she breaks the way she did tonight in her next races, she’ll win a lot of money.”
FDD Dynasty sired the Vessels-bred filly, which is out of Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) winner One More Habit. In addition to siring the Dash For Cash winner and the Breeders’ Futurity second-place finisher, FDD Dynasty also sired this race’s third-place finisher Smithy. Owned by Spackman Racing and Lin Melton, Smithy earned $51,000 for running third. Melton saddled Smithy, who ran in the Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile Stakes (R) earlier this year.
Fashion Foose, Jiffy James, She Forgives, Stel Hawk, More Than Wild, Kokomo Beach and My Lady Jessie completed the field.
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