Heat Warning Stands Out at Turf Paradise

Homebred runner looks for another win at Arizona track.

Q-Racing Journal
December 12, 2013

Ralph or Carolyn Fales’ homebred Heat Warning, winner of five of six starts, stands out as the fastest qualifier to the AQRA-Turf Paradise Futurity on Sunday afternoon at the Phoenix track.

Heat Warning (A Regal Choice-It’s a Dry Heat (TB) by Dixieland Heat) dominated the four trials when he won the final trial by 1 1/4 lengths, with a :19.875 time, the only mark below :20.000.

Trained by Matt Fales, Heat Warning drew attention last spring at Turf Paradise when he won his first two starts. He won his Desert Classic Futurity trial in his debut and then took the futurity by a scant nose.

After a summer break, Heat Warning returned to win his trial to the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge and then was a troubled seventh in the futurity as the 19-10 favorite for his only career loss.

Ramon Vejar’s homebred Caracortada (Azoom-Classy Judgette by Judge Cash) will need to step up after winning his trial by a neck with the second-fastest qualifying time of :20.010. After finishing a close third in the $43,000 AQRA Spring Futurity at Turf Paradise, he then won his maiden at Los Alamitos.

Gaston Valenzuela’s Don Quixote (Stel Corona-Romanticist by Separatist) is a viable threat after winning the John Deere Turf Paradise Juvenile Challenge as a 22-1 outsider. After breaking through the gate twice in the $151,500 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Los Alamitos and finishing last, he returned to Turf Paradise and was a close second behind Concortada in their AQRA-Turf Paradise Futurity trial with the fourth-fastest time of :20.057.