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Ed Burke Million Futurity Trials

Dreams Divine posts the fastest qualifying time for the June 23, $1.07-million final at Los Alamitos.
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Dreams Divine, a chestnut daughter of Apollitical Jess owned by Reliance Ranches LLC, is the fastest qualifier to the June 23, $1.07-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Racing in the first of 11 350-yard trials on Sunday, Dreams Divine defeated third-fastest qualifier Javelina Cantina by a half of a length in :17.564. Ruben Castro rode the filly for trainer Mike Robbins.

Dreams Divine was bred in Oklahoma by J. Garvan Kelly, J. Lloyd Yother, and Nancy Yearsley, and the filly was a $112,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

“She’s such a good filly,” Robbins said. “She’s really sound and just gives you 110 percent every time. She didn’t get away as well as she usually does but made up for it at the end. I was really surprised how fast she ran.” 

Dreams Divine has won three of four starts and has earned $52,089, and her record includes a third-place finish in the May 19, 300-yard Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G2). But her Ed Burke Million trial marked the first time she used a flipping halter in the gate.

“That was just to keep her head (straight),” Robbins added. “She started to move her head a little bit and this helps steady her. She’s not quite used to it yet. She didn’t get away like she can, but she got away good enough.”

Dreams Divine is out of Answer The Dream, a graded stakes-winning 14-year-old daughter of champion Tres Seis. The filly is a half sister to stakes winner Empty Arms and 2016 All American Derby (G1) finalist Jess Envision.

Flokie, the second-fastest qualifier, broke his maiden with an upset victory in the sixth trial. Sent to post at odds of 19-1, the Favorite Cartel gelding defeated Inaugurator by one length in :17.626. Jairo Rangel Flokie for owners J. Francisco Diaz and Jose Flores, who also trains the California-bred gelding.

"The last work he worked :12.2 and that was from the outside post,” Flores said. “He worked really good against Made Over, who I really think will be a nice baby. He’s still a little erratic, but hopefully he can put it all together for the final."

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers. Click here for a more detailed recap of Sunday's trials. Click here for a list of qualifiers to the June 23, $30,000 Ed Burke Juvenile Stakes.

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