Wave Her Down Wins Ed Burke Million Futurity

The Utah-bred filly gets her first stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Jeff and Kim Pitcher's Wave Her Down (blue and red silks) led at every call en route to a neck victory in Sunday's Ed Burke Million Futurity. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Wave Her Down, a gray daughter of all-time leading sire First Down Dash owned by Jeffrey and Kim Pitcher, earned her first stakes victory in Sunday's 350-yard, $1.02-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Paul Jones and sent to post at odds of 5-1, Wave Her Down defeated 6-5 favorite Wicked Affair by a neck in :17.577. The $428,400 winner's share of the purse pushed the filly's bankroll to $435,115.

Wave Her Down was purchased by the late John Sperry for $80,000 at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. A longtime owner and breeder of racing American Quarter Horses, Sperry made a positive impact on the lives of many people in the racing industry, including the Pitchers, who manage Jones' ranch in Norco, California.

Cody Jensen returns to the
winner's circle after
Sunday's Ed Burke Million
Futurity. PHOTO: Los
Alamitos Racecourse

“John was looking for a filly last August,” Jeff Pitcher said. “He had a couple picked out. I kind of steered him away from them. I said to him, ‘There’s this filly in the Ruidoso Sale and we ought to look at her.’ He agreed and had Paul look at her. That’s kind of how we ended up acquiring her. In mid-September he called me and told me, ‘I’m going to give you my fillies if I died.’ They were (2017 champion aged mare) Jess Good Reason and Wave Her Down. He sent me transfers and a bill of sale.

“A few days before he passed away he called me again and said, ‘I have somebody that wants to buy Jess Good Reason. Does that hurt your feelings?’ I said, ‘John, you told me you were going to give them to me when you passed away. You’re still alive. If you need to sell them both, sell them.’ He said, ‘No, no, no, the 2-year-old (Wave Her Down) is yours and nothing is going to change my mind.’"

Wave Her Down was bred in Utah by Lucas Racing Inc. The filly is out of Runaway Wave, a winning and graded stakes placed daughter of Runaway Winner, and she is a full sister to 2006 AQHA world champion Wave Carver and champion Ocean Runaway.

“From day one of training, everything has always been all business with her,” Pitcher said of Wave Her Down. “She wasn’t one to mess around. She was all business all the time. I felt pretty good about her from the start. I told Paul, ‘John has a monster here.’ It’s just too bad that John didn’t live long enough to see this.

"I can still see his face," he added. "He’s smiling. He died on December 7, 2017. We started with her in October. He knew back then that she was a good one. She had a smooth stride. She really galloped pretty and she was very smart.” 

Wave Her Down has won all three of her starts, including the ninth of 11 Ed Burke Million trials on June 10. The filly was the fourth-fastest qualifier and returned a $13 win mutuel in the Ed Burke final.

Jess Macho Corona finished third, a half of a length behind Wave Her Down, and was followed by Dexxter, Paddy Riley, Mister Appolitical, Powerful Favorite, fastest qualifier SC Money Maker, Striver, and Apollitical Pence.

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