Favorite Cartel Gelding Tops Golden State Million Trials

Favorite Motion is the fastest qualifier to the November 4, $976,750 final at Los Alamitos

Q-Racing Journal

Richard Frandsen's Favorite Motion on Sunday won the last of 10 Golden State Million Futurity trials and posted the fastest qualifying time to the November 4 final. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Richard S. Frandsen's Favorite Motion, a homebred son of Favorite Cartel, on Sunday posted the fastest qualifying time to the November 4, $976,750 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Racing in the last of 10 400-yard trials, Favorite Motion defeated sixth-fastest qualifier Symbol Of Faith by three-quarters of a length in :19.703. Cruz Mendez rode the Utah-bred gelding for trainer Jose Flores.

The Golden State Million final will mark Favorite Motion's first out in a stakes race. The gelding has won two of three starts and has earned $6,785. Favorite Motion is out of Mia Ta Fame, a winning daughter of Dash Ta Fame who ran third in the 2002 Silver Dollar Futurity (RG2) at Wyoming Downs, and he is a half brother to Decati, a multiple graded stakes winning son of Special Leader who ran third in the 2008 All American Derby (G1), and SS Paydirt, the winner of the 2014 Sam Houston Classic (G2).

Favorite Motion began his career with a 1 1/2-length victory in a 300-yard maiden-specia-weight dash on August 24.

“We had a lot of faith in this horse,” Frandsen said of Favorite Motion. “Early on he posted some average times in his works. My friend said that he was an average horse, but then he had a :12.1 work and then he did what he did in his maiden win. My son called my friend to ask him what he now thought of our ‘average’ horse. My friend told him, ‘When I come down and get in his win picture I guess I’ll have to stand in the back row.’ It was all in good fun.

"We've told people that Decati was fast, and so was SS Paydirt, but Favorite Motion is faster than Decati was," he added. "He's a little more muscular than Decati. We have him in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trials as well. Hopefully Favorite Motion remains sound and we can pick up a few bucks and pay a few bills."

Turner Farms' Jess Macho Corona posted the second-fastest qualifying time with his victory in the fourth heat. Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Paul Jones, Jess Macho Corona covered 400 yards in :19.722 for his third win in six outs.

A homebred Corona Cartel gelding, Jess Macho Corona has banked $134,835, and his record includes a third-place finish in the June 24, 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1).

Click here for a complete list of Golden State Million Futurity finalists. Click here for a list of qualiffiers to the November 4, $30,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes.

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