All American Futurity Qualifier: Crooked Path

Sorrel Filly, Favorite Cartel-Tahma Hawk by Hawkinson

Race record:
5-2-1-0 $8,455
Breeder/Owner: Steve Burns D.V.M. 
Paul Jones
Qualifying jockey:
Salvador Martinez
Qualifying time:

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Race Record: Winning the 15th trial by 2 lengths, Steve Burns’ homebred Crooked Path continued her improvement with the second-fastest qualifying time of :21.541.

Trained by Paul Jones, the filly was ridden by L. Salvador Martinez, who will be riding in his first All American Futurity (G1). Steve Burns is a veterinarian and with wife Jo operates the breeding facility Burns Ranch at Menifee, California.

A daughter of Favorite Cartel, Crooked Path in her previous start on July 27 won a maiden race by a half-length going 300 yards. The filly finished fourth on first asking, in an April 18 maiden event at Los Alamitos, after which she was taken to New Mexico. On May 23, she was fourth in in her 350-yard trial to the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and then ran second in her July 4 trial at 400 yards to the Rainbow Futurity (G1). Now with two wins and a second in five starts, Crooked Path is an earner of $8,455.

“She is built for the Mountain (Ruidoso Downs),” said Lisa Saumell, manager of Jones’ New Mexico operation. “The Favorite Cartels are looking that they could be better the older they get. She has the size to run with the boys.”

Breeder/Owner: Crooked Path was bred and is owned by Dr. Steve Burns, who operates Burns Ranch at Menifee, California, where Crooked Path's sire stands. Burns has bred horses that have made 4,414 starts, returning with 561 wins and earnings of $9,536,995.

Burns has owned horses making 1,036 starts, with 111 wins and earnings of $1,799,129.

Trainer: The all-time leading trainer by earnings, Paul Jones has been the Blane Schvaneveldt Champion Trainer from 2002-14. He has saddled horses that have made 21,191 starts, returning with 3,925 win and earning more than $78 million.

He trained Teller Cartel (2005), No Secrets Here (2006) and Runnning Brook Gal (2009) to wins in the All American Futurity; and Noconi and Inseperable to win the All American Derby.

Jones has also trained numerous champions, and is the co-breeder and co-owner of Favorite Cartel.

Jockey: Salvador Martinez of New Mexico has 3,947 lifetime starts and 512 wins with 39 stakes wins. His stakes wins include the West Texas Derby, Ruidoso Derby, Texas Classic Futurity and New Mexico Classic Derby.

Pedigree: Crooked Path is one of 21 winners from 55 starters by freshman sire Favorite Cartel ($607,669), who Jones sent out to win the 2011 Bank Of America Challenge Championship (G1) at Los Alamitos. Favorite Cartel competed in nine other Grade 1 stakes, including finishing third in Zoomin With Ease’s Rainbow Futurity and lighting the board in Runnning Brook Gal’s All American Futurity.

An 8-year-old son of Favorite Trick (TB) out of the winning Corona Cartel mare Shenoshercorona, Favorite Cartel is a half-brother to the stakes-winning Check Him Out mare Shescheckinumout ($105,075) and three other stakes-placed sprinters. Owned by the partnership of Burns, Jones and Thompson Racing Inc., Favorite Cartel stands at Burns Ranch.

Crooked Path is one of six winners from six starters out of the winning Hawkinson mare Tahma Hawk, who is the dam of stakes winners Oldsmobile Hill ($205,481, by Separatist) and Stel Hawk ($39,746, by Stel Corona).