"Deuce" Trials Draw Stakes-Record 118 Entries

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the December 11, $1.95-million final at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Dutch Masters III's Chazaq, pictured here winning his Ed Burke Million Futurity trial, is one of a stakes-record 118 juveniles entered in Sunday's Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity trials. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

A stakes-record 118 2-year-olds, including Grade 1 winners Lotta Blues Man and Chazaq, has been entered in Sunday's 400-yard Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) trials at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Post time for the first of 14 trials will be 5:10 p.m. (PST). The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $1.95-million final on December 11.

The 2-5 morning-line favorite in the fifth heat, Lotta Blues Man drew post 8 and will be ridden by Cody Jensen for owner Lucky Seven Ranch and trainer Mike Casselman. The homebred Favorite Cartel gelding has won four of his five starts and has banked $549,195, and he is coming off of a wire-to-wire, half-length victory in the 400-yard, $1.016-million Golden State Million Futurity (G1) on October 30.

Chazaq is a gelded son of Corona Cartel trained by Jaime Gomez for owner Dutch Masters III. Chazaq has earned $530,515 from six outs, and his four wins include a half-length victory as the fastest qualifier and 7-10 favorite in the 350-yard, $1.11-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) in June.

Chazaq is the 3-5 morning-line favorite in the 10th trial and will be ridden by Alejandro Luna.

Other prominent juveniles entered in Sunday's trials include graded stakes winners Racy High Roller and AJS Anna Smoke. Racy High Roller will be stretching out in distance off of his neck victory at odds of 8-1 in the 350-yard, $430,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) on October 1. Cody Jensen will ride the One Famous Eagle gelding for owner Abigail K. Kawananakoa and trainer Chris O'Dell in the 12th trial.

AJS Anna Smoke is winless in three starts since he defeated a field of California-breds in the 350-yard, $388,000 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) in July. The homebred son of champion Separatist will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba for owner Rod MacPherson Jr. and trainer John Cooper in the sixth heat.

The Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity is American Quarter Horse racing's second-richest race for 2-year-olds, behind only the $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

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