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Rolling with the 2-year-olds.

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Rolling with the 2-year-olds.

It’s already that time of year again. It happens every spring as surely as the flowers bud and bloom. It’s March and this year’s 2-year-olds are up and running.

Dreams will be realized and dreams will be dashed. It happens every year. Some of the 2-year-olds are homebreds, meaning their owner/breeders already have three years invested since they were conceived. Others were purchased and auction or privately. It’s a long process and can lead to rewards beyond imagination. Or, leave you shaking your head.

There are three noteworthy futurities this month – the $525,050 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) on March 25 at Remington Park, the $233,578 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) on March 22 at Louisiana Downs and the $271,738 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) for Louisiana-breds on March 18 at Louisiana Downs. The Mardi Gras Futurity and the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity may have been run by the time you read this.

All three futurities will be held over 300 yards.

The Oklahoma Futurity offers the largest purse and Sherry Gilmore’s homebred Ima China Rush stands atop the qualifiers list. The Guillermo Valdivia-trained filly won the second of 17 trials by 1 1/4 lengths in :15.229. All the trials were run over a muddy track.

Ima China Rush’s convincing win came under a confident ride by veteran Larry Payne. The Rushago-sired filly showed her class with her time being about the equivalent of about one-length faster than second-fastest qualifier PYC Fun N Fancy.

Jose Guzman’s PYC Fun N Fancy was timed in :15.365 while rolling to a 1 1/4-length win. The PYC Paint Your Wagon son is trained by Luz Chavira.

Sammy Manek’s homebred Chasin My Desire, also conditioned by Chavira, was second behind Ima China Rush in their trial. The Chicks Regard son stopped the clock :15.438.

The Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity is the first futurity of the year for open horses in Louisiana.

Felix Martinez’s Captain Jimbob showed promise in the last of eight trials to the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity. He brushed at the start and then showed his precocity by pulling out from his rivals to gain the 1 1/4-length victory in the quickest time of :15.676 for trainer Wendy Garcia.

Alejandro Moya’s homebred Together To The End, a daughter of Inseperable, impressed as the 6-5 favorite in her trial. The Jose Sanchez trained filly won by 1 3/4 lengths with a :15.741 time.

Mercy Hinklin’s Ancient Of Days, the first starter for the FDD Dynasty son FDD Going Grand, stopped the timer in :15.756 for the third-fastest mark. The Kenneth Roberts Sr.-trained filly also dominated her trial with a 1 3/4-length win in :15.756 as the 7-5 choice.

The Mardi Gras Futurity could be a contentious race with the leading qualifiers each posting close times. Fillimon Saucedo’s Sir Edward L Perry was timed in :15.595, Cruz Nava’s Shesa Diamond Diva was clocked in :15.607, Triple C Racing Stables, LLC’s JRS Natural Runaway posted a :15.624 mark and Lester Colomb Jr.’s Angiesprizedpatriot put a :15.636 time on the board. This futurity, like many early-season futurities, could come down to which horse takes the biggest step forward between their first and second starts.

Sir Edward L Perry and Shesa Diamond Diva each drew clear of their rivals to win by two lengths.

Keep looking for 2-year-olds that step forward with each start. The seven-figure futurities begin in a few months and the winners of those races may well be breezing, not racing. There was only one Easy Jet.

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