Docs Best Card Seeks First Stakes win in Golden State Million Futurity

The gelding's eight opponents include Walk Thru Crystal, the only horse still in line for the $1-million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza bonus.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Docs Best Card will race from post 4 in Sunday's Grade 1, 400-yard Golden State Million Futurity at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez.

Docs Best Card, a mutliple graded stakes placed son of Corona Cartel owned and trained by Jaime Gomez, will try for his first career stakes win in Sunday’s 400-yard, $1,049,350 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

The fastest qualifier, Docs Best Card is coming off of a nose victory in the seventh of 10 trials on October 18. The gelding has earned $237,395 from eight outs while racing exclusively in California. Oscar Peinado will ride Docs Best Card from post 4 in the final.

Docs Best Card went into his Golden State Million trial following a ninth-place finish, 3 1/2 lengths behind winner Ima Fearless Hero, in the 350-yard, $385,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity on October 3. His resume includes second-place finishes to Walk Thru Crystal in the June 21, 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), and the May 17, 300-yard Kindergarten Futurity (G2).

“I knew he would run a better race (in his Golden State Million trial) than in the Breeders Futurity final,” Gomez said. “I know my horse and I knew he did not run his race. In the (Breeders Futurity) he got dirt kicked in his face and he stopped running.

“I knew he would bounce back,” he added. “The (trial) will help him a lot. He needed the race after that troubled effort in the Breeders Futurity.”

Docs Best Card’s eight opponents include Walk Thru Crystal, the only horse with a chance at the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, which pays a $1-million bonus to the connections of a horse who can win the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million, and Los Alamitos Two-Million (G1) futurities.

Walk Thru Crystal is trained by Yanet Rodriguez for Enrique Gonzalez’s EG High Desert Farms. The 10th-fastest qualifier, the sorrel daughter of Walk Thru Fire is coming off of a second-place finish in her Golden State Million trial.
Walk Thru Crystal has won five of six races and has banked $552,620. The filly drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jesus Ayala.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds -- Favorite Kiss (Eduardo Nicasio), 20-1; Mi Viejo (Rodrigo Aceves), 12-1; El Karma (Roberto C. Hernandez), 30-1; Docs Best Card (Oscar Peinado), 7-2; Little Talks (Cesar DeAlba), 3-1; Gotcha Bella (Jose Amador Alvarez), 20-1; Fire At Will (Tony Guymon), 12-1; Walk Thru Crystal (Jesus Ayala), 3-1; and Thermonuclear Energy (Cody Jensen).

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