Cartel Sixes is Morning-Line Choice for Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity

The Corona Cartel gelding drew the rail post for Sunday's $1-million stakes at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Cartel Sixes, shown here winning his trial in convincing fashion, is the morning-line favorite for Sunday's Golden State Million Futurity at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Cartel Sixes, the 5-2 morning-line favorite and fastest qualifier, drew the rail post for Sunday's 400-yard, $1,016,250 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Jaime Gomez for owners Pam and Jim Williams' P & J Racing Ltd., Cartel Sixes is coming off of a convincing 2 1/4-length victory in the sceond of a dozen trials on October 16. The Corona Cartel gelding, who has earned $50,200 from five outs, will be ridden by Carlos Huerta.

Cartel Sixes has raced exclusively in California after he was acquired from breeder Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, for $52,000 at last year's TQHA Yearling Sale in San Antonio. He ran seventh in the 350-yard, $1.1-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) in June and was reported as a gelding on September 27

"He came out of the trials in awesome form," said Gomez, a three-time Golden State Million-winning trainer. "I also like his post position; I think it suits him nicely. He is a fast breaker and he leaves the gate in a hurry, but he also tends to go inside.

"I think leaving from the inside rail, he won't have to worry about another horse getting in his way on the inside part of the track," he added. "I also co-own and train the horse that's to his right, Thats Imperial for Darling Farms. My two horses are right next to each other. I'm hoping they both have nice trips."

The winner of the Golden State Million will earn $412,545, while the runner-up will earn $166,982.

Gomez has a chance at a 1-2 finish in the Golden State Million thanks to his homebred Thats Imperial, which he owns along with the aforementioned Darling Farms. The Mr Jess Perry gelding has finished first or second in four straight races, including a second place finish to Tarzanito in the trials.

"I'm so fortunate to train these horses for two wonderful racing entities," Gomez said. "Pam and Jim Williams own Cartel Sixes and they're so much fun to train for, while Don Darling is a wonderful person as well. I met him two years ago at the Ruidoso Sale and we eventually became partners with some horses. His family loves horses and they have a nice ranch. His children enjoy showing horses, so horses are part of their lives."

The complete lineup for the Golden State Million Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Cartel Sixes (Carlos Huerta), 5-2
Thats Imperial (Jesus Rios Ayala), 30-1
AJS Anna Smoke (Cesar DeAlba), 20-1
Seared (Eulices Gomez), 9-2
Lotta Blues Man (Cody Jensen), 6-1
Worth Doing (Tony Guymon), 4-1
Six Zeroes (Cruz Mendez), 8-1
Tarzanito (Eddie S. Garcia), 5-1
Renewed (Rodolfo Arvizu), 12-1
King Candy (Ramon Sanchez), 15-1

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