Start Somethin Bad is Fastest PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity Qualifier

The Pappasito filly set the fastest trial time Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Edited press release

Start Somethin Bad won the third PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity trial at Los Alamitos on Sunday, and the Pappasito filly is the fastest qualifier to the October 1 final. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Owned by Jeff Aldstadt and Kim Pitcher, Start Somethin Bad posted the fastest qualifying time to the $430,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2) thanks a strong finish in the third of 10 trials on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

A total of 74 juveniles competed in the trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times advancing to the final on October 1. The purse for the final is up 12 percent from last year.

Bred by Kim and Jeff Pitcher, Start Somethin Bad is by Pappasito and out of the Splash Bac mare Letsgetitstarted, who is also the dam of Separate Jett, who finished in the top three in five of seven career starts at Los Alamitos, and Gimmie A Reason, an allowance winner in Albuquerque this year and a winner here last year. Ridden by Cesar De Alba for trainer Paul Jones, Start Somethin Bad picked up her second victory in five starts. She covered the 350 yards in :17.697 after winning her trial by three-quarters of a length.

“We’ve been excited about this filly from the start,” said Aldstadt. “She had two :12 flat gate works, and now look at this. We did not know what to expect, but she ran her race and we couldn’t be happier. We have 40 people out for the trials and we might have 100 people out here for the final.”

Aldstadt started racing horses with Jones more than 20 years ago.

“One of Paul’s owners, Joe Bettencourt, introduced Paul and me in 1992," Aldstadt recalled. "We got involved in 1994 owning horses. I had eight horses with Paul and I think I was his biggest owner (in terms of number of horses) at the time. We had some good years. With this filly, Start Somethin Bad, it’s such a wonderful feeling. My partners are Jeff and Kim Pitcher and I couldn’t be more blessed.”

Scott and Bob Giltner’s Doctor Fantastic broke his maiden and finished with the second fastest time after posting a time of :17.772 in the seventh trial. A longshot at 13-1 odds, Doctor Fantastic won the trial by a half-length with Carlos Huerta up for trainer Lin Melton.

“I knew he would run better than the first time,” said Melton, referring to Doctor Fantastic’s runner-up effort in his Los Alamitos debut. “He broke a little tardy and was looking around at everything. We took him to the gate a couple of more times and got after him a little bit.

"I watched him run in Idaho and knew he could run," added the trainer. "Things worked out nicely. I’ve had horses off and on for the Giltners in the past. They train their own back home and they send me their good ones down to me. It works out. We’ve also been friends forever.”

Sired by Fantastic Corona Jr and out of the Check Him Out mare Docs Check, Doctor Fantastic debuted with a second place finish in his trial to the Bitterroot Futurity (R) at Sandy Downs, and then turned in a sixth place finish in the $119,000 final. He was second in his first start at Los Alamitos when facing maidens on August 12.

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