Fastest Qualifier Yanque is Morning-Line Choice for Wild West Futurity

The homebred gelding's owner is looking forward to Sunday's final at Los Alamitos.

Edited press release

Yanque, pictured here winning the September 8 The Plan Handicap, is one of 10 juveniles entered back in Sunday's Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Back on October 8, things couldn’t have been better for Orange Park Acres resident Martha "Mimi" Wells after her homebred, Yanque, posted the fastest qualifying time to this Sunday's 350-yard, $129,000 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.

However, less than 48 hours after the trials, Wells was forced to leave her home due to mandatory evacuations caused by a fire that surrounded the Orange Park Acres community.

"I was at the doctor, and my neighbor called telling me that we had to get out because of the fires," Wells said. "I rushed home, and 10 minutes later (trainer) Matt (Fales) was there with a horse trailer to help evacuate the horses stabled at my home. Fortunately, we were able to bring our horses to Los Alamitos, and so did many other people from Orange Park Acres. We were so fortunate that Los Alamitos provided stabling during such a difficult time."

Wells also feels fortunate that she was able to return home just a few days later with her horses.

"I feel fortunate, but it was tough,” she added. “A few nights ago the wind was blowing and I couldn't sleep. I got up and started making futurity payments for next year."

A homebred son of Favorite Cartel trained by Fales, Yanque has been made the early 4-5 favorite by Los Alamitos morning-line maker Ed Burgart. The gelding has won three of eight starts while racing in Arizona and California, and he has earned $28,774. His dominating 1 3/4-length victory his Wild West Futurity trial came a little more than two months after an eighth-place finish following a rough trip in the July 29, $390,000 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2).

The Wild West Futurity is restricted to 2-year-olds who have raced in the Intermountain and Northwest regions, and Nevada and Arizona. The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Krash Your Party (Eduardo Nicasio, 20-1
PF Paddy Dashair (Cesar DeAlba), 15-1
Cowgirl N Up (Erasmo Gasca), 20-1
R Sturdy Boy (Ramon Sanchez), 30-1
CM Once Ina Bluemoon (Luis Flores Gonzalez), 20-1
Yanque (Cruz Mendez), 4-5
L Bar D Classic Trip (Cesar Franco), 10-1
Moonie Blues (Jesus Rios Ayala), 2-1
Warhock (Rodrigo Aceves), 15-1
Favorite Fire Boy (Jose M. Nicasio), 20-1

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