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Golden State Million Futurity Trials

Up And Atem tops the qualifiers to the November 3, $1.072-million final.

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Ed Allred’s Up And Atem, a homebred son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel, is the fastest qualifier to the November 3, $1,072,850 Golden State Million Futurity (G1).

Racing in the first of nine 400-yard trials at Los Alamitos on Sunday, Up And Atem defeated second-fastest qualifier Kiss Thru Fire by a nose in :19.784. vinnie Bednar rode the brown gelding for trainer Scott Willoughby.

Up And Atem was making his first start since September 7, when he scored a victory in a first-level allowance. 

“He ran a great race coming in off of works,” Willoughby said. “We didn’t get a race in this horse close to the (trials). It just didn’t work out that way.

"I think he’ll be tough in the final," the trainer added. "He’s getting bigger and stronger and finally figuring things out. He’s got his mind right. He and Vinnie are clicking really well. They get along really well.”

Up And Atem is out of Up For It, a daughter of Kiddy Up who won the 2013 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2). The gelding has won three of six starts and has earned $15,620.

Kiss Thru Fire races for Gentry Farms from the barn of trainer Juan Aleman. Carlos Huerta rode the homebred daughter of Walk Thru Fire, who has banked $50,500 from six outs and was a finalist in the June 9, 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Rosenthal Ranch's Runforyourlife posted the third-fastest qualifying time with his one-length victory in the ninth heat. Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Chris O'Dell, the Favorite Cartel gelding covered 400 yards in :19.870 while making his first start since July 27, when he ran second in the Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2).

Runforyourlife was bred in California by Dr. Steve Burns. The sorrel gelding has won three of six races and has banked $70,185.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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