Cartel Sixes is Fastest Golden State Million Qualifier

The gelding leads the list of finalists to the October 30 final at Los Alamitos.

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Cartel Sixes, the fastest qualifier, was all alone at the wire in the second of 12 Golden State Million Futurity trials at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Cartel Sixes, a Corona Cartel gelding owned by Pam and Jim Williams' P & J Racing Ltd., is the fastest qualifier to the October 30, $1,016,250 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Jaime Gomez, Cartel Sixes on Sunday won the second of 12 400-yard trials by two lengths in :19.736. The gelding, who was a finalist in the June 19 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), was winning for the second time in five outs and increasing his earnings to $50,200.

Cartel Sixes was bred by Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, and he is a full brother to 2007 Golden State Million Futurity winner Eye For Corona. He was acquired for $52,000 at last year's Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale.

Gomez credited the Williamses for the decision to geld Cartel Sixes after the Ed Burke Million.

"He shin bucked right after the Ed Burke Million final,” Gomez said. “We gave him some time off then and gelded him during that time. He was very hotheaded before being gelded and he could be very mean. He changed a lot after he got gelded.

"He behaves so much better in the saddling paddock and concentrates so much more," the trainer added. "I’m so fortunate to work with P & J Racing. They’re great people, great owners, and they allowed me to geld this horse. He’s a much better behaved horse now. He ran an awesome race.”

Second-fastest qualifier Tarzanito extended his win streak to three with a half-length victory in :19.834 in the first heat. Eddie Garcia rode the Favorite Cartel colt for Dr. George Fallieras' A1A Racing LLC and trainer Francisco Vallejo.

Raced exclusively in California, Tarzanito has earned $13,175 from four outs.

"I knew this horse was a runner since April,” Garcia said. “We just had to take our time with this horse and let him develop. Look at this race tonight, he was bumped from both sides and it’s rare to have a horse that can recuperate so quick after getting hit like that at the start and still finish so strongly. 

“(Tarzanito) has been one of the best young horses that I’ve ever had the pleasure to be around,” he added. “ The first time I breezed this horse it was unbelievable. He reminded me of Corona Cartel. I told all the guys, ‘This horse is special, really special.’ We waited on this horse because he still needed to grow; his body wasn't together yet. He got more muscular and stronger and now you can see what a good looking, promising horse he has become.”

A native of Tampa, Florida, Dr. Fallieras is an internist affiliated with Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles. Tarzanito is the first racehorse he's ever owned.

“We got involved kind of loosely (in racing) with some friends, but we have a great team and we strive to do things responsibly, have taken our time, and have no unrealistic expectations," Dr. Fallieras said. "Eddie (Garcia) has become a good friend and is a true horseman. I’m a novice, and all these horses look beautiful, have balance and are strong, but what I’ve come to understand is that (our) horse is smart, focused, and you can tell that he wants to win.

"He is like a pet, but when he gets out there, he runs like gangbusters," he added. "I’ve joked around with my family and friends that I feel like the parent of an Olympian (when he runs). I just want everyone to be safe and the horses to come back sound.”

Missing from the list of Golden State Million qualifiers is Chazaq, a Corona Cartel gelding who was in line for the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza. Chazaq won his trial but failed to qualify for the final.

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

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