Ed Burke Million Trials Draw 123 Juveniles

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Sunday's 13 trials will meet in the June 19 final.

Edited press release

Sunday's 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity trials have drawn 123 2-year-olds. The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the June 19 final at Los Alamitos.

The chase for the $1-million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza gets underway on Sunday night when 123 of the top juveniles in the country compete in the 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) trials at Los Alamitos.

Post time for the first of 13 races is 6:20 p.m. (PDT). The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $1.1-million Ed Burke Million Futurity final on June 19. The winner of the final will earn $449,400 and will become eligible to win the $1 million Cash Bonanza, which goes to the winner of the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million, and Los Alamitos Two-Million futurities.

Fawna Knight’s Worth Doing and Lucky Seven Ranch’s Ima Amore La Blue will face off in the 13th heat. Trained by Mark Skeen, Worth Doing owns one of the meet’s most impressive wins by a 2-year-old when he broke his maiden by 2 3/4 lengths on April 22. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire posted a winning time of :15.48 for 300 yards that night, and all indications are that he will like the extended 350-yard distance.

Trained by Mike Casselman, Ima Amore La Blue showed her talents when scoring a three-quarter length victory in her debut on April 29. The daughter of Walk Through Fire and 2012 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) third-place finisher Amore La Blue posted a pair of :12.20 workouts prior to her debut. 

Sunday's trials will feature 36 other juveniles with at least one win on their resumes. The sixth heat includes five 2-year-olds with previous wins, headed by Anna MacPherson’s AJS Anna Smoke, the only unbeaten horse in the trials with at least two starts.

AJS Anna Smoke was a 1 1/4-length winner of his first out on April 2, then he won a May 1 Kindergarten Futurity (G2) trial by three-quarters.. Trained by John Cooper, the son of Separatist just missed qualifying to the Kindergarten off of that effort.

Veronica Gail Worth’s Red And Ready stands out among the other winners in the sixth trial, due mostly to her two-length win in a maiden race on April 17. The Walk Thru Fire filly posted an easy wire-to-wire win on that night with a solid time of :15.70, and prior to her debut she had shown potential in her workouts. Dutch Masters III’s Imaqtpie, a filly by One Famous Eagle who used a strong late kick to win her only career start, Paul Jones’ Fooseability and Rancho El Cabresto’s Apollititaka are the other winners in this heat.

The seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th trials will all feature four winners. One of the big favorites in trial 7 is likely to be Thats A Good Reason, a Colorado-bred son of Good Reason SA racing John Hammes, Tom Bradbury, and Lisa Beauprez. Thats A Good Reason won his debut before finishing a troubled second in his Kindergarten trial.

Denny Boer’s Imaloner, who also ran second in his Kindergarten trial, plus Apollitical Jewel and Cananea are the other winners in the seventh race, which will also feature Abigail Kawananakoa’s A Bit Quirky, a full sister to champion aged mare Quirky.

The eighth trial will be headed by two of the most impressive maiden winners of the meet in Lucky Seven Ranch’s Lotta Blues Man and Balgo Racing Team Inc.’s King Candy. Trained by Casselman, Lotta Blues Man is a Favorite Cartel gelding out of 2011 All American Futurity (G1) finalist Lotta Love For Robyn. Lotta Blues Man won his debut by 1 ¼ lengths, which is the same margin of victory posted by King Candy in his debut. Trained by Guillermo Morales, Kiing Candy is by One Sweet Jess and out of Stars R Blue, who is a half-sister to world champion Blues Girl Too.

Dutch Masters III, a partnership consisting of Boer and Dr. James Streelman, will be represented by Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Chazaq in the ninth trial. The Corona Cartel gelding was second to Evil Genius in his debut, but he took a big step forward to win his Kindergarten trial by three-quarter lengths. Chazaq is trained by Jaime Gomez, and the gelding figures to like the extended 350-yard distance based on his two most recent races.

Steve Burns’ Ilikethewayshewalks will race in the 10th trial. A full sister to 2011 Ed Burke Million Futurity winner Separate Fire, the filly won her 300-yard career debut by 1 1/2 lengths in :15.68. Kindergarten finalists Ur My Princess and Stelfast have also drawn into this heat.

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