Field Set For $1.1-Million Ed Burke Million Futurity

Q-Racing Journal

A $42,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Dutch Masters III's Chazaq is the fastest qualifier to the June 19 Ed Burke Million Futurity at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Chazaq, a gelded son of Corona Cartel and 2004 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) winner All About Ease racing for Dr. James Streelman and Denny Boer's Dutch Masters III, is the fastest qualifier to the June 19, $1.1-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Alejandro Luna for trainer Jaime Gomez, Chazaq won the ninth of 13 350-yard trials on Sunday. Chazaq defeated Fire Fast Corona by 1 3/4 lengths in :17.366 for his second win in four starts.

Chazaq was a $42,000 buy at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. The gelding has earned $78,915, and his resume includes a second-place finish in the Grade 2, 300-yard Kindergarten Futurity (G2) at Los Alamitos on May 15.

"He's a nice colt," said Streelman. "All the credit goes to Jaime and his grooms. We've been blessed. We'll just continue to take care of these animals and the people who take care of them. We love them."

Second-fastest qualifier Lotta Blues Man remained undefeated following his half-length victory in the eighth trial. Cody Jensen rode the homebred son of Favorite Cartel for owner Lucky Seven Ranch and trainer Mike Casselman.

A half brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Tres Friends, Lotta Blues Man has banked $6,050 from two outs. The gelding's dam, the First Down Dash mare Lotta Love For Robyn, was a finalist in the 2011 All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

"He's special at the end of it," said Russell Stooks of Lucky Seven Ranch. "It takes him a little time to get rolling, but he can go. We are proud of him."

Click here for a complete list of Ed Burke Million Futurity finalists. Click here for a list of qualifiers to the June 19, $30,000 Ed Burke Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

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