Q-Racing Blog: Big Boys

Let's look at the big kids in the Two Million.

Let's look at the big kids in the Two Million.

Reliance Ranches LLC’s two big colts – Call Me Cole and Peighnt Your Fate – are finding the end of the year is their time of year and show promise of being exceptional 3-year-olds.

“Each of them is 16 hands and Peight Your Fate is a little bigger and heavier,” said trainer Mike Robbins.

Call Me Cole is the fastest qualifier to the $1,745,450 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) while Peight Your Fate raced to the eighth-fastest qualifying time.

“They are colts, but they are each easy to get along with. They are each as good as you could want in a 2-year-old colt,” said Robbins.

Call Me Cole is “a really good one who is coming into his own,” said Robbins.

A son of Corona Cartel and Little Surfer, Call Me Cole has had trouble early in his races and, finally, ran a complete race in his sixth start, his Two Million trial.

His first five starts have Equibase comments like “broke slow,” “came in,” “bumped break” and “broke in, bumped start.” Those issues may be due to his size. He’s a big kid and “is starting to fill out in his body,” said Robbins.

In his 400-yard Two Million trial, Call Me Cole ran a complete race. He started well and had the advantage that the two horses beside him gave him plenty of racing room. He easily drew away from his rivals as the 7-10 choice to win by 2 1/4 lengths, with the top qualifying time of :19.726.

Call Me Cole should like 440 yards – he is paid up in Ruidoso Downs’ Rainbow and All American derbies at that distance – and his breeding indicates a quarter mile may be his best distance.

A $150,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, Call Me Cole is out of a stakes-winning full sister to Champion of Champions winners Wave Carver and Ocean Runaway. Wave Carver was named world champion while Ocean Runaway was honored as champion 2-year-old and champion 3-year-old. Wave Carver earned $1 million and Ocean Runaway took $1.6 million.

“He’s as solid as can be,” said Robbins. “He is really sound.”

Peighnt Your Fate is one of those horses that, if he does well, you’ll be looking back at his PPs and breeding and understand why. If you watch replays of his first two races, you’ll completely understand.

In his debut, a Los Alamitos maiden race on September 29, Peighnt Your Fate was bumped at the start and completely knocked off stride. He was beaten by about 2 lengths, made a rush and won by one-half length. He showed he is a racehorse.

In his Golden State Million trial, his second start, he hopped at the start and was completely cut off. He was last, probably 3 lengths behind the leaders, before he again made an eye-catching run and finished second, beaten by just a nose.

Coming into his Two Million trial, he was a “little off his feed,” said Robbins. He didn’t have a fever, but was not 100 percent.

Peighnt Your Fate was the odds-on choice in his trial – the Los Al players pay attention – and he didn’t have his closing charge. He finished third and made the Two Million finals.

“He’s doing great now,” said Robbins. “He was just under the weather and didn’t fire.”

The probable favorite in the Two Million is Darling Farms, trainer Jaime Gomez and Ernesto Solis’ J Fire Up. The Kiddy Up-sired filly is the second-fastest qualifier (:19.754) and has wins in the $904,850 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and $390,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG1). She was second by a head in the $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). She has six wins and two seconds from eight starts, with earnings of $714,962.

On December 17 in the Two Million, J Fire Up has the Grade 1 credentials and the big boys should be closing.

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