Chazaq Aims for Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza

The Grade 1 winner is entered in Sunday's Golden State Million Futurity trials.

Edited press release

Dutch Masters III's Chazaq, pictured here winning the June 19 Ed Burke Million Futurity, will make his first start since then in Sunday's 400-yard Golden State Million Futurity trials. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Dutch Masters III’s great champion Higher Fire has come the closest to winning the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, the track’s version of the Triple Crown. The millionaire filly won the first two legs of the Bonanza, winning the Ed Burke Million and Golden State Million, before running second in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity in 2005.

Eleven years later and Dr. James Streelman and Denny Boer of Dutch Masters III have another talented runner looking to become the first-ever Bonanza winner, as their Corona Cartel gelding Chazaq will headline the 11th of 12 trials to the Grade 1, $1,016,250 Golden State Million Futurity on Sunday night. First post is 5 p.m. The trials will be contested at 400 yards, and the horses with the 10 fastest qualifying times will advance to the Golden State Million final to be held on October 30.

Trained by Jaime Gomez, Chazaq ran second in the 300-yard Kindergarten Futurity before winning an Ed Burke Million trial on June 5. After conquering his Ed Burke trial by 1 3/4 lengths, Chazaq took off like a rocket after the break and went on to post a solid half-length victory in the $1,110,000 Ed Burke final on June 19.

A winner of three of five starts and earner of $528,315, Chazaq has not raced since the Ed Burke Million final, but he's posted three comeback works since August 16. Alejandro Luna will ride Chazaq from post number two.

Chazaq’s rivals will include Governor’s Cup and PCQHRA Breeders futurity finalist Kiddy Up Cowgirl and Thrones, a winner of his last two starts. Leonidas, a half-brother to Moonist, will also race.

Rod MacPhersons’ Governor’s Cup Futurity winner AJS Anna Smoke is entered in the first trial, and he’ll take on a field that includes A1A Racing LLC’s Tarzanito, a colt by Favorite Cartel that has impressed while winning each of his last two starts. Trained by John Cooper, AJS Anna Smoke gets top billing in this trial after winning the Governor’s Cup and racing in the Ed Burke final.

AJS Anna Smoke will enter the Sunday's trials with five wins this season, by far the highest victory total posted by any horse racing in the Golden State Million trials. Cooper, who began the racing week with 1,399 Quarter Horse wins, will saddle the Separatist gelding from post three in the first trial. Cesar De Alba will ride.

Lucky Seven Ranch’s Lotta Blues Man will make his first start since he ran third in the Ed Burke Million, as he heads a field of eight in the seventh heat. Trained by Mike Casselman, Lotta Blues Man is out of All American Futurity and All American Derby finalist Lotta Love For Robyn. Two-time champion jockey Cody Jensen will ride the Favorite Cartel gelding from post number five.

The winner of the Golden State Million final will earn $412,545.  

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