Walk Thru Crystal Returns in Golden State Million Futurity Trials
The undefeated filly drew post 6 in the sixth of 10 heats on Sunday.
October 15, 2015
Walk Thru Crystal, a two-time graded stakes winner an the number-two ranked horse on the AQHA Racing-HorseplayerNow.com poll, is one of 75 2-year-olds entered in Sunday’s Golden State Million Futurity (G1) trials at Los Alamitos.
The 10 fastest qualifiers from the 400-yard trials will meet in the November 1, $1,049,350 Golden State Million Futurity final.
A sorrel daughter of Walk Thru Fire trained by Yanet Rodriguez for Enrique Gonzalez’s EG High Desert Farms, Walk Thru Crystal has won all five of her outs and has earned $551,720. The filly will be making her first start since June 21, when se scored a three-quarter length victory in the 350-yard, $1-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). As a result of this win, Walk Thru Crystal is in line for the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza Bonus, which pays a $1-million bonus to the connections of a 2-year-old who can sweep the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million, and Los Alamitos Two-Million (G1) futurities.
“She enjoyed her break,” said Rodriguez of Walk Thru Crystal. “We gave her a month off and then she returned to her normal training routine.”
One change regarding Walk Thru Crystal will be her jockey, as Jesus Rios Ayala has taken over the mount from Alejandro Luna, who rode the filly in her victories in the Kindergarten (G2) and Ed Burke Million futurities. According to Rodriguez, Ayala started working with Walk Thru Crystal after she returned to training.
“So far the filly has done everything right,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve taken it day by day, and so far she’s doing great. I have no complaints. Things have gone like we’ve planned. If everything goes right, she’ll do well.”
Walk Thru Crystal drew post 6 in the sixth of 10 trials.
Other prominent west coast 2-year-olds entered in the Golden State Million Futurity trials include Parsons Ranch’s Phoebes Dynasty. A homebred son of champion FDD Dynasty trained by Chris O’Dell, the gelding has won all four of his races, including the July 25, 350-yard Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) for state-bred juveniles, and he has banked $171,620.
Cody Jensen will ride Phoebes Dynasty from post 6 in the ninth heat.
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