Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity Trials Set for Sunday

KVN Corona and J Fire Up are among the 83 juveniles entered in 10 400-yard heats.

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KVN Corona has won two graded futurities, including the Ed Burke Million Futurity (pictured here) in June. The undefeated Corona Cartel colt is one of 83 juveniles entered in Sunday's Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity trials. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

KVN Corona and J Fire Up, two of the top 2-year-olds in training in California, are among the 83 juveniles entered in Sunday's 400-yard Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) trials.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the "Deuce" final on December 17, closing night of Los Alamitos' 2017 season.

Owned by Utahn Keith Nellesen, KVN Corona is named after former BYU football star and current New England Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy. The Corona Cartel colt is undeeated in five outs and has banked $575,250, and his resume includes victories in the June 18, 350-yard Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), and the October 7, 350-yard PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2). KVN Corona drew post 7 and will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones in the fourth of 10 trials.

“We skipped the Golden State Million Futurity trials to come into these trials fresh,” Jones said. “He’s been training great. He’s been a perfect horse all year long. I also have (the stakes-placed) King of Appeals MV in the fourth trial. I usually don’t like to have two of my best 2-year-olds draw in the same trial, but hopefully they both run well and make it to the final.”

J Fire Up has also won two futurities this season, the July 29, 350-yard Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2), and the November 5, 400-yard Golden State Million Futurity (G1). The Kiddy Up filly is owned by Darling Farms, Ernesto Solis and trainer Jaime Gomez. Jose M. Nicasio will ride J Fire Up from post 2 in the second trial.

Other prominent 2-year-olds entered in the Two-Million Futurity trials include graded stakes winner Fire And Sass and stakes winner Moonie Blues. Trained by Juan Aleman for owner JGA Racing Stables Inc., Fire And Sass has earned $133,297 from seven starts, and his two wins include a half-length score in the May 14, 300-yard Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3).

Fire And Sass drew post 2 and will be ridden by Carlos Huerta in the fifth heat.

Moonie Blues is trained by Jaime Gomez for owner Lisa Anderson, who also bred the brown daughter of Freighttrain B. Moonie Blues is coming off of a one-length victory in the 350-yard, $129,000 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos on October 29.

Eduardo Nicasio will ride Moonie Blues from post 5 in the ninth trial.

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