Q-Racing Blog: Strong, Stout and Mighty

This little horse is living up to his name.

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A $42,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Chazaq is the fastet qualifier to the June 19 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity at Los Alamitos.

Chazaq is living up to his name.

Pronouced hah-zak, with emphasis on the second syllable, chazaq is a Hebrew word that means strong, stout and mighty. It also means to prevail or show encouragement. It is used hundreds of times in the Old Testament, often in a context of a father teaching his son.

Chazaq has chazaq. Chazaq made a mighty statement in the trials to the $1.1 million Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1). The finals will be held on June 19 at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Dutch Masters III’s Chazaq dismantled his trial rivals by 1 3/4 lengths and his time of :17.366 for the 350 yards was easily the fastest-qualifying time to the year’s first $1 million futurity at Los Alamitos.

His time was also the equivalent of 1 3/4 quicker than second-fastest qualifier Lotta Blues Man, a gelding by Favorite Cartel and out of the outstanding young broodmare Lotta Love For Robyn. She is also the dam of 2015 Grade 1 Rainbow and Texas Classic futurities winner Tres Friends.

Chazaq’s trial run, combined with his second-place effort in the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3), moved him into 10th position in the weekly AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National 2-Year-Old Poll.

 
Dutch Masters III's Chazaq has won two of his
four races, including the ninth of 13 Ed Burke
Million Futurity (G1) trials at Los Alamitos.
PHOTO: Scott Martinez

In the Kindergarten, Chazaq was the 5-2 favorite and finished one length behind winner One Proud Eagle.

“I knew he was coming (on in his Ed Burke trial). He didn’t get a good start in the Kindergarten,” said trainer Jaime Gomez, a three-time winner of the Ed Burke Futurity.

Chazaq also lives up to the father-son interpretation of his Hebrew name.

“When I first saw him at the (Ruidoso Select Yearling) sale, I loved him,” said Gomez. “He looked just like Corona Cartel.” Gomez trained Corona Cartel to wins in the second Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) and the Kindergarten (G2).

“Chazaq has Corona Cartel’s mind, a super mind,” said Gomez. “He’s beautiful. I love him.

“I didn’t think we would get him so cheap,” he added.

Chazaq was purchased for $42,000.

If Chazaq wins the Ed Burke Futurity, it would add to an exceptional month for breeder Bobby Cox. He is a two-time champion owner, but has not yet won the champion breeder award. He could be on his way in 2016.

Cox is also the breeder of Duponte, winner of the $1,083,420 Heritage Place Futurity on June 4. The horse also won the $267,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) and is now the No. 1 horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National 2-Year-Old Poll. He is by American Runaway and out of Havanah Goodtime. This is the female family of Cox’s champion Brimmerton. Duponte, who has earned $578,519, was a $6,700 Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale bargain.

Chazaq is also proving to be a bargain. He has earned $78,915.

The gelding is a product of one of Cox’s most prolific families. He is out of Cox’s Ruidoso Futurity (G1) winner All About Ease, the dam of $625,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner Zoomin With Ease. All About Ease has produced five stakes winners or stakes-placed runners. This is the direct family of champion Elan Again through her Kindergarten winning daughter, Dash Again.

Chazaq is staying in California. He is paid up in the Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Two Million along with next year’s El Primero Del Ano Derby, Golden State Derby and Los Alamitos Super Derby.

Strong, stout and mighty may translate to watch out.

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