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Trials Set For $500K Governor's Cup Futurity

July 10, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

The racing will be of the highest quality, as Saturday’s trials for the $500,000 Governor's Cup Futurity have attracted some of the finest juvenile sprinters that the West Coast has to offer. The Governor's Cup final is set for July 26.

Headlining the first of eight trials is Asyouwish, a gray daughter of Separatist from the barn of AQHA Champion Trainer Paul Jones who will be in action in race four. A winner of her only career start thus far, Asyouwish sailed home by three-quarters of a length on June 15th, earning a super 90 speed index for her maiden bow. Moreover, this filly hails from a spectacular female family, as she is a half-sister to Foose, this year's Grade I Ed Burke Million Futurity winner.

Her competition will come from the likes of Luckbealadytonite and Dashin Dynamo. A victim of a rough trip last time out, Luckbealadytonite was bumped hard on both sides at the start and had her path impeded late in the race. However, the race that she exited was a productive one, as third-place finisher Tres Passes went on to capture the Ed Burke Million Juvenile Stakes in his next start. One other horse to enjoy success from that race is fourth-place finisher Spring Bling, who qualified to the Grade I Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in her last out. Dashin Dynamo could also be dangerous in such a spot. Narrowly beaten in both of his lifetime starts, Dashin Dynamo has competed against quality company such as the undefeated Significant Corona and Ed Burke Juvenile finalist Corona De Oro.

The fifth trial, slated as the eighth race on the card, looks like an intriguing matchup between Mike Joiner's promising filly Register To Win and recent allowance winner Jimmy Delivers. Out of the five-time winning mare Feminista, a runner-up in 1997 running of the La Primera Del Ano Derby, Register To Win wowed Los Alamitos racing fans in her debut on May 17th.

Despite being fractious in the gates prior to the start, Register To Win broke on top and stayed on top on the way to a half-length victory over maiden rivals. Also threatening to run a big race is Roberto Ramirez's gelding Jimmy Delivers. A half-brother to Clydette Mia, a winner of her last five starts at Los Alamitos, Jimmy Delivers defeated allowance foes in his most recent victory.

Race six also boasts a strong lineup, with another Separatist filly from Paul Jones' barn leading the way. Breaking from post four is Steal Away, a runaway winner of her last start against maiden company. After a slow break, the gray filly found her stride late in the race, drawing off to win by a length and a quarter. Moreover, her dam Mongoose Jet Eye was a force on the racetrack, winning ten races lifetime and earning $447,550. Another horse to watch is Jaime Gomez's filly The Masters. She led until the final stages of her Ed Burke Million Futurity trial last out and should get her customary rocket start out of the gate. V For Valor could also improve considerably. A winner in his first start in May, this gelding ran a solid third last time out behind the fastest qualifier to this year's Kindergarten Futurity, Runner Dreamin.

The evening's seventh race features the fourth lifetime start for a talented filly named Travel Alert. A full-sister to another quality runner that Scott Willoughby campaigned named He Storms, Travel Alert has been super sharp in her last two outings, winning both her Kindergarten and her Ed Burke Million Futurity trial. Ideally drawn on the rail, Travel Alert has already racked up two wins from the inside portion of the track and should relish the drop in class that tonight's race offers.

Trainer Mike Joiner also has a strong chance in race nine with the highly-touted filly Alice K White. Prior to coming to Los Alamitos, the Joiner camp had already gone to work with this filly, posting a pair of impressive 220-yard works in 12.06 and 11.91 seconds at Sunland Park. An easy winner in her first start on June 6th, Alice K White trounced her rivals by a length, running 300 yards in a rapid time of 15.47 seconds. Now she has attracted the riding services of Cody Jensen for the first time and looms the one to beat in trial number six.

Finally, race ten features a competitive faceoff between two well-regarded runners in First Magical Dash and Hard Hitting. A regally-bred daughter of Red Hot Rhythm, First Magical Dash lost all chance a the start of last month's Ed Burke Million Futurity when bumped around numerous times through the course of the race. This filly adds first time lasix and should be a major contender with a clean trip. Hard Hitting could also run a monster race. This colt has faced outstanding competition in both career outs so far, running against Rieda Hay Worth and Nosecretwhosefirst, the third and fourth-place finishers in the Grade I Ed Burke Million Futurity, as well as Adan Farias' talented gelding Show Me A Beduino. Hard Hitting should enjoy the drop in class and deliver yet another strong effort for trainer Chuck Treece.