Tarzanito is Fastest Vessels Maturity Qualifier

The 4-year-old son of Favorite Cartel topped three 400-yard heats on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Tarzanito won the second of three Vessels Maturity trials. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

The field has been set for the July 8, $170,500 Vessels Maturity (G1) at Los Alamitos, as A1A Racing LLC's Tarzanito set the fastest qualifying time from three trials on Sunday.

Ridden by Eddie S. Garcia for trainer Yanet Rodriguez, Tarzanito won the second of three 400-yard trials by a head in :19.665. The 4-year-old Favorite Cartel stallion's margin of victory was a head from third-fastest qualifier Katies Easy Moves, as he earned his seventh win in 13 starts and second victory in three outs this season.

Tarzanito was bred in California by Patricia Visscher. The runner-up to Lotta Blues Man in the 2018 Golden State Million Futurity (G1), he was a finalist in last year's 400-yard, $956,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

"The horse has been training great,” Garcia said. “They gave him about three to four months off and he feels refreshed. I told the owner how much I liked his chances in this race because of the two breezes that he had, he worked incredible. He showed his Favorite Cartel breeding. He had that turbo from his Thoroughbred bloodlines.”

Favorite Cartel is the son of the late champion Favorite Trick, Thoroughbred racing’s 1997 Horse of the Year. 

“The last 30 yards is where I needed him to respond, and he did exactly that,” Garcia said of Tarzanito. “He was great. I didn’t have to push him too much. I just wanted him to have a nice trial. He’ll be back in three weeks against some excellent horses. It’s exciting for the owner. This is (owner) George Farielle’s first horse. He loves the horses and he’s great for the business.”

Second-fastest qualifier BH Lisas Boy won the third heat in :19.731. Cesar DeAlba rode the homebred 6-year-old son of Mighty Invictus for owner and trainer Bill Hoburg.

BH Lisas Boy has banked $77,783 from four outs this season, and his two wins include a neck victory in the 400-yard, $157,000 Brad McKinzie Winter Championship (G1) in February.

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