J Fire Up Headlines Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity

The fastest qualifier returns in Sunday's $938,850 final at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

J Fire Up, pictured here winning the July 29, 350-yard Governor's Cup Futurity, drew post 2 for Sunday's Grade 1, 400-yard Golden State Million Futurity. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Fastest qualifier J Fire Up is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Sunday's 400-yard, $938,850 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

J Fire Up races for Darling Farms, Ernesto Solis, and trainer Jaime Gomez, who ranks fourth on Los Alamitos' all-time trainer list with 87 stakes wins. Gomez has won the Golden State Million Futurity three times: with Romeo Ryon (1998), and champions Higher Fire (2005) and Jess You And I ('06).

J Fire Up is a daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Kiddy Up and This Boogie Fires, a winning and graded stakes placed daughter of Walk Thru Fire bred and trained by Gomez.

"This Boogie Fires was a very quick filly," said Gomez. "She was the fastest qualifier to the La Primera Del Ano Derby (2012) and third fastest qualifier to the Kindergarten Futurity (in 2011). I had to retire her after the La Primera final, but she was fast.

"I had always admired Kiddy Up, going back to the years that he was running; he was a strong finisher." he added. "I thought that he would be a great cross with a Walk Thru Fire mare with Strawfly Special on the bottom. I went ahead and bred This Boogie Fires to Kiddy Up and the result was J Fire Up.”                     

J Fire Up has won four of six starts, and her current win streak includes a three-quarter length victory in the 350-yard, $390,000 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2) on July 29. Made the 8-5 early favorite by track morning-line maker Ed Burgart, the filly drew post 2 and will be ridden by Jose Nicasio.

“I wish she had the rail because she’s won a couple of times from there, but she likes being inside,” Gomez said. "She tries to lug in when she’s drawn an outside post. She’s happy and very sound, and those are the most important things."

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Black Fryday (Ramon Sanchez), 20-1
J Fire Up (Jose Nicasio), 8-5
Matilda Czech (Cruz Mendez), 15-1
A Poltiical Lady (Eduardo Nicasio), 30-1
Unblemished (Rodrigo Aceves), 12-1
The Revenant (Cesar DeAlba), 6-1
Call Me Cole (Jesus Rios Ayala), 4-1
Chance To Fire (Cody Jensen), 5-2
Famous N Hot (Oscar Peinado), 30-1
Remember To Dash (Carlos Huerta), 20-1

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