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Q-Racing Blog: Looking for a Big Year

Reliance Ranches and Mike Robbins could have a big year.

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The sunrise on the 2-year-old season is looking bright for Reliance Ranches and trainer Mike Robbins.

They have homebred Always Charging in the $396,650 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) on March 23 at Remington Park and had three promising prospects work together at Los Alamitos on the morning of March 12. Those three 2-year-olds are in the Kindergarten and Ed Burke Memorial futurities at Los Alamitos, the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and then back to Los Alamitos and in the Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Two Million.

Robbins could have more late-maturing prospects to unveil as the futurity distances increase.

All of these promising juveniles come from a total of 20 2-year-olds Robbins started.

Always Charging showed promise when he won his Remington Park training race and that was recognized when he went off at 9-10 odds in his Oklahoma Futurity trial. The Coronado Cartel gelding burst out of the gate, opened up a daylight lead and won by three parts of a length. His time of :15.603 for 300 yards was the fourth-fastest time from 12 trials.

“He’s just an honest little horse,” Robbins said. “He tries every time.

“We always try to support this race and he’s a little small, so we didn’t know if he would like to run further.”

Out of the First Down Dash daughter Charm Dance, Always Charging is from the direct family of champion 2-year-old gelding Leading Spirit. Charm Dance is the dam of stakes winner The Charm Of Corona, second in the Vessels Maturity (G1) and third in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1).

The three 2-year-olds who worked together at Los Alamitos are Dreams Devine, Invader and Jessfamouslady.

They were each purchased at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Dreams Devine cost $112,000, Invader was a $52,000 purchase while Jess Famous Lady changed hands for $230,000.

In the work, Dreams Devine finished first with a :12.20 time for 220 yards, Invader was clocked in :12.30 and Jessfamouslady posted a :12.50 time.

“Dreams Devine is like an old horse,” Robbins said. “She goes in the gate and parks herself. It looks like she wants to run down the track.”

The Apollitical Jess-sired Dreams Devine is out of stakes winner and $264,375 earner Answer The Dream, the dam of stakes winners Splendid Cause and Empty Arms along with three stakes-placed performers.

Invader closed well on the outside of the three-horse set in the work.

“I’m really pleased with him,” Robbins said. “More distance will help him. He’s not a big horse, but has a lot of length. He’s a really nice horse.”

A son of Tres Seis, Invader is out of stakes winner Racing Winner by Runaway Winner. Racing Winner has produced a pair of stakes winners and two stakes-placed runners.

Jessfamouslady is a sister to Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) winner Jest Famous. The filly is the same cross as champion and leading sire One Famous Eagle. Jessfamouslady and One Famous Eagle are by Mr Jess Perry. One Famous Eagle is out of One Famous Lady while Jessfamouslady’s second dam is One Famous Lady.

“She’s just a little behind the others,” Robbins said. “We’re waiting for her to develop. We may pass the Kindergarten with her.”

The Reliance Ranches, LLC-owned and Robbins-trained freshmen may be poised for an impact.

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