Field Set for Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity

SC Money Maker is the fastest qualifier to Los Alamitos' first Grade 1 futurity.

Q-Racing Journal

Oscar Peinado rode fastest qualifier Sc Money Maker to a half-length win in the second of 11 Ed Burke Million Futurity trials. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Reliance Ranches' SC Money Maker, a homebred PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding trained by Mike Robbins, is the fastest qualifier to the June 24, $1.06-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Racing in the second of 11 trials on Sunday, SC Money Maker defeted Powerful Favorite by a half of a length while covering 350 yards in :17.457. Oscar Peinado rode the gelding, who was winning for the third time in five outs.

SC Money Maker was coming off of a fifth-place finish as the fastest qualifier in the Grade 2, 300-yard Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity on May 20.

“He’s about as consistent as you’d want,” Robbins said of SC Money Maker. “You don’t have to ask him to run. He does it all on his own.”

SC Money Maker was bumped around hard in the Robert Adair Kindergarten final, but there were no such issues in his Ed Burke trial.

“He had some issues (after the Kindergarten),” Robbins said. “He had a foot that was bothering him. When they ran over him, they cut up his leg a little bit. We had to work on that, not bad, but we had to work on that."

Second-fastest qualifier Wicked Affair won the sixth heat by 2 1/4 lengths as the 1-5 favorite. Ridden by Jesus Ayala for owner Legacy Ranch and trainer Terry Knight, the homebred daughter of One Sweet Jess went 350 yards in :17.507 while scoring her third win in four starts.

Wicked Affair was stretching out in distance off of her three-quarter length victory in the Kindergarten Futurity.

“Sometimes when they win those big races, there’s a bounce factor,” said Pete Parrella of Legacy Ranch. “We were hoping that she could run like this because I think she had a pretty bad start (in the Kindergarten). We’re just tickled that she could perform.

"I just think that she’s something special," Parrella added. "According to our jockey, she had a little something left in the tank. This may have been her best race. There’s a lot of good horses, it’ll just be a matter of whether luck is on our side.”

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers. Click here for a complete list of qualifiers to the June 24, $30,000 Ed Burke Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

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