Q-Racing Blog: Jaime Again
A regular force in Los Al Grade 1s is in the hunt again.
By Ty Wyant | October 26, 2017
Trainer Jaime Gomez having two horses in the $938,850 Gold State Million Futurity (G1) is pretty much a ho-hum happening.
Every year, Gomez-trained horses thrive at the highest level of Los Alamitos 2-year-old racing. He has won the Golden State Million three times, the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity seven times, the Ed Burke Million Futurity four times and the Los Alamitos Two Million one time.
This year at Los Alamitos, Gomez-trained horses have won 29 races, putting him sixth in the trainer standings, and earned $761,981 for second in the earnings standings. That shows that his horses are running at the largest purses. He is the fourth all-time leading trainer of stakes winners at Los Alamitos coming into this year.
Gomez has an excellent chance to add to his historic record in the 400-yard Golden State Million on Sunday, November 5. He will send out fastest qualifier J Fire Up and 10th-fastest qualifier Famous N Hot.
J Fire Up, bred by Gomez, is owned by Darling Farms, Gomez and Ernesto Solis. The filly should be a strong favorite to gain her second stakes win and probably vault into the top-10 ranked 2-year-olds. She is currently in 12th position.
The filly topped the Golden State Million qualifiers when, at 1-10 odds, she won her trial in :19.869 by 1 ¾ lengths.
“She came back good and happy,” said Gomez. “We have a race (off a layoff). We expect her to run better and if she can run better, we can win.”
A daughter of Kiddy Up and the Walk Thru Fire mare This Boogie Fires, J Fire Up earned a national reputation when she finished second in the $1 million Ed Burke Million (G1) at 21-1 odds and the 10th-fastest qualifier. She was beaten by KVN Corona’s head in the finals.
“She broke like a bullet from the one hole,” Gomez said of her Ed Burke performance. “She likes the inside a lot.”
Gomez brought her back in the trials to the $390,000 Governors’ Cup Futurity (RG2) and she proved her second in the Ed Burke at 21-1 odds was legitimate. At 3-10 odds in her trial, she won by three quarters of a length and her 350-yard time of :17.847 stood as the fifth-fastest qualifying time.
J Fire Up drew the rail in the Governors’ Cup Futurity and felt at home.
“She broke on top and just kept on going,” said Gomez. She won by three parts of a length.
The Governor’s Cup Futurity was on July 29 and Gomez gave her a rest until the Golden
State Million trials on October 22.
“We have two big races coming up (Gold State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity) and she’s ready,” said Gomez. “The time off helped her. You always want a fresh horse for the Golden State Million and the Two Million.”
Famous N Hot, owned by Gomez with longtime client Dutch Masters III, is taking a step up in class for the Golden State Million with a consistent record against lesser competition. The One Famous Eagle-sired filly has two wins and four seconds from seven starts, mainly against maiden and non-winners-of-two company.
“She runs a good race every time,” said Gomez. “She was tired at the end of her trial and that race will definitely help her.”
She was second in her trial behind fourth-fastest qualifier Unblemished.
Gomez is among the all-time leading trainers at Los Alamitos. He will be favored to add to that legacy in the Golden State Million.
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