Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity
Freshman line up for California's richest race.
December 11, 2015
With a rich purse of $1,957,175, the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Sunday is the richest horse race of any breed contested in California in 2015. A total of 10 talented juveniles will compete in “The Deuce” with the first place finisher in the 400-yard race earning $801,433. First post for the nine-race program is 5:30 p.m. with the Los Alamitos Two Million scheduled as the ninth race on the card at 8:42 p.m.
Jaime Gomez’s Docs Best Card will come into the Los Alamitos Two Million as the fastest qualifier and as one of the big favorites in the race. The colt by Corona Cartel will be making his fifth appearance in a major futurity this year, which is believed to be a record for most futurity finals at Los Alamitos during a single meet. Docs Best Card has also finished second in three major futurities this year. He was the runner-up to Walk Thru Crystal in the Grade 2 Kindergarten and Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity, and after running out of the money in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity he came back to finish second after a great duel with Little Talks in the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity. Docs Best Card was tremendous in his Los Alamitos Two Million trial, as he flew from along the rail to post a 2 1/4 length victory and the fastest time of :19.84.
“He’s just a super horse and incredibly durable,” Gomez said. “I like the number four post.”
Number four has been a good post for Docs Best Card, as two of his second place finishes in the million dollar races of the Ed Burke Million and Golden State Million both came from that spot. Oscar Peinado will ride Docs Best Card. A winner in four of 10 career starts, Docs Best Card will now look to add a nice chunk of money to his career bankroll of $412,205. He’ll also look to become the third Los Alamitos Two Million winner sired by Corona Cartel following I Like The Odds in 2011 and Blues Girl Too in 2006. Corona Cartel has sired at least one finalist to this race every year since his first crop in 2001. Corona Cartel won the Los Alamitos Million Futurity in 1996. Howard Nichols’ We Like Corona was also sired by Corona Cartel.
Major futurity winners Ima Fearless Hero and Walk Thru Crystal figure to be top contenders in the Los Alamitos Two Million as well. Racing for S Quarter K LLC, Ima Fearless Hero has won four consecutive races and five out of his last six starts. A half-brother to Champion of Champions finalist Heza Dasha Fire, Ima Fearless Hero was 2 1/4 length winner in his trial and prior to that he was a half-length winner in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity final. Cruz Mendez will ride the Washington-bred for trainer Jose Flores.
EG High Desert Farm’s Walk Thru Crystal won her first five starts to start her racing career. Trained by Yanet Rodriguez, the Walk Thru Fire filly won the Kindergarten and Ed Burke during her winning streak and was fourth in the Golden State Million. She posted a solid length victory in her trial when ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala. Walk Thru Crystal will look to give her sire, Walk Thru Fire, back-to-back victories in the Los Alamitos Two Million following He Looks Hot’s victory last year.
Owner Ed Allred, trainer Scott Willoughby, and jockey Carlos Huerta are also aiming for a repeat. They joined forces with He Looks Hot in the 2014 Los Alamitos Two Million and now have a great opportunity to do it all over again with the Allred-bred Sale Topper. The Walk Thru Fire gelding will start from post number eight, which is the same spot from where he won his trial race on November 22.
Rancho El Alacran Inc’s Mi Viejo ran in the Golden State Million final and looked sharp when posting a 3/4 length victory in his trial to this race. The late bloomer - he did not make his racing debut until early June - could provide the late punch in this event.
We Like Corona has won three out of four career starts and a troubled start in the Ed Burke Million final may be the only reason that he’s not unbeaten. Eduardo Nicasio will ride him from post number seven. Janet McKinnerney’s Jess A Pollitician, a winner of his last three starts, Jones and Thompson Racing’s Senor Gianni, Parsons Family Limited’s Dynasty Energy, and Spackman Racing’s Time For Jess will complete the field.
The card will also feature the running of the $30,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational. Urschel 3-D Ranch’s Rite Regal, a winner of his last three outings, looks like the one to beat.
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