J Fire Up Leads Golden State Million Futurity Qualifiers
The graded stakes winning filly is the fastest qualifier to the November 5, $938,850 final at Los Alamitos.
October 22, 2017
J Fire Up, a daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Kiddy Up filly owned by Darling Farms, Ernesto Solis, and trainer Jaime Gomez, is the fastest qualifier to the November 5, $938,850 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
Ridden by Jose Nicasio, J Fire Up won the ninth of 10 trials on Sunday. The filly covered 400 yards in :19.869, and her winning margin was 1 3/4 lengths from non-qualifier Rhemy Marko.
J Fire Up was bred in California by Jaime Gomez, and she was making her first start since July 29, when she scored a three-quarter length victory in the 350-yard, $390,000 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2).
“This filly has proven that she’s got class all the time since day one,” Gomez said. “I kept her fresh for this one. I worked her three weeks ago and she worked super good. You want fresh horses for the big races. She’s really nice and sound. She has a lot of class. That (stallion) Kiddy Up, I’ve believed in him all my life.”
J Fire Up has won four of her six outs, all at Los Alamitos, and she has banked $332,725. Nicasio has ridden the filly in all of our her races and knows her well.
“She had a great work from the gate,” Nicasio said, referring to J Fire Up's October 3 drill, where she worked 350 yards in :18.10. “I figured she would run a big race tonight because of her work. She was feeling great, and the time off did her a lot of good."
Reliance Ranches LLC's Call Me Cole posted the second-fastest qualifying time, as the Utah-bred son of Corona Cartel won the sixth heat by a half of a length in :19.906. Jesus Ayala rode Call Me Cole for trainer Mike Robbins.
Call Me Cole was bred by McColee Land and Livestock Inc. The colt has won two of four starts, and his resume includes a third-place finish in a 400-yard Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial at Ruidoso Downs in July.
“He’s done really well here, all (my) horses have done well,” Robbins said. “They came from Ruidoso. They were training there and then came down here. It’s made a tremendous difference. We ran (Call Me Cole) once at Remington and once at Ruidoso before he coming here. He was fairly green and wasn’t breaking very sharp, but now he’s putting it together and doing really good.”
The start of the sixth trial was delayed a whie because of a repair on the truck that moves the starting gate, but the wait didn't affect Call Me Cole.
“That’s the way he is,” Robbins said. “He’s a very calm horse and doesn’t let things get to him. He’s very professional.”
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