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Foose Heads Trials to $1,386,500 Golden State Million Futurity

October 17, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

By Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

In 1998, the purse for the Golden State Futurity was a solid $385,664. Fast forward to 2008 and this year’s gross purse for the Golden State Million Futurity is a stakes record $1,386,500 with the winner’s share being a juicy $563,430. The Golden Million final, which will be held on Saturday, November 1, will be the fifth richest race in the history of Los Alamitos Race Course.

The 400-yard trials will feature 11 outstanding races headed by Ed Burke Million Futurity winner Foose, Kindergarten Futurity winner Revv It Up, Rainbow Futurity runner-up PB And Crackers, and All American Futurity finalist Winners Version.

Racing for Ed Allred and trainer Paul Jones, Foose will enter the trials with a perfect three for three record and has to be considered one of the favorites to advance to the Golden State final. Foose will become the first horse to win the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza if he goes on to win the Golden State Million and also the the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. The bay colt by Stel Corona won the $1,155,000 Ed Burke with ease, flashing to a one-length victory in what remains the meet’s fastest 350-yard clocking of :17.22. Foose has not raced since his June 21 win in the Ed Burke and his layoff might be his camp’s main concern. Foose will also face an intriguing field headed by Inseperable, who finished third to millionaire Stolis Winner in the Rainbow Futurity, and Walks The Talk, who is a half brother of 2002 Golden State winner First Place Queen.

Also undefeated in two career starts, Louisiana Senator might be as freaky fast and talented as Foose. The colt by Jess Louisiana Blue lost about three lenghts right at the break of a trial to the Remington Park Futurity but then bounced back to win the race with plenty of room to spare. Race analysts at Remington Park noted that Louisiana Senator had seven lengths worth of trouble in that race. Trained by Mike Joiner, Louisiana Senator has posted a pair of outstanding efforts preparing for this race, including a :17.90 gate drill at 350 yards, which is the second fastest drill for a 2-year-old at that distance this year. Moonlight Corona, who will also race in Saturday’s trials, is the only freshman with a faster drill after covering the distance in :17.80.

R.D. Hubbard and Shaun Hubbard have a great horse representing them in the trials in PB And Crackers, who will race in the fifth trial. The Down Side colt won the Ruidoso Juvenile Stakes and was second to Stolis Winner in a trial to the All American Futurity.

Trainer Paul Jones appears to have an inside track, literally, to the Golden State Million. In seven of the 11 trials, Jones will have a horse starting from post number one, including PB And Crackers, Winners Version, Revv It Up and Rieda Hay Worth. Foose, however, will break from post four.

Janet McKinnerney’s Tres Passes, who has looked great in his last two starts, should not be forgotten in these trials. He was highly touted earlier in the year and he now seems to be at his peak.

Magnificent 12 Add Spice to Trials

What do A Delightful Dasher, Tres Seis and First Place Queen have in common in relation to the Golden State Million Futurity? The answer might not come as a surprise considering their incredible talent. A Delightful Dasher, Tres Seis and First Place Queen each won the prestigious Golden State with A Delightful Dasher making his big score in 1999 followed by Tres Seis in 2001 and First Place Queen in 2002.

All three have one other thing in common, as they each enjoyed their Golden State success after spending the summer competing in the major races at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. But since the John Bassett-trained First Place Queen enjoyed her golden moment under the stars, horses racing predominantly in California have dominated this event. The list of Golden State Million winners have included millionaires Be A Bono, Ocean Runaway, Higher Fire, and Eye For Corona, plus the soon to be millionaire Jess You And I. Of these five horses Ocean Runaway is the only one that ventured outside of California during his freshman campaign, racing once at Ruidoso Downs in the All American Futurity trials.

These year’s trials to the $1,386,500 will surely test the dominance of the California-based horses as a dozen outstanding invaders have landed in search of Los Alamitos’ gold. And what a magnificent 12 it is. Here’s a horse by horse look at the new faces racing in the trials on Saturday night:

The first trial features the Corona Cartel filly War Silks, a Texas-bred runner whose second dam is Rainbow Futurity runner-up Tiny Dash Of Cash. War Silks’ third dam is Tinys Effort, a winner of more than $60,000 in her career, and her fourth dam is Tinys Rose Bud, the dam of the talented Strawflyin Buds, the number one siring son of Strawfly Special. The second trial features Marvelous Madison, whose dam is also a daughter of Tinys Rose Bud. Also in this race is Splendifferous, out of Heritage Place Futurity Daring Difference (winner of $329,000 in her career), who also finished second in the Remington Park Futurity and eighth in the All American Futurity. PB And Crackers will headline the fifth trial. The Down Side colt’s second dam is Star Of Sierra Leone, a winner of more than $186,000.

PB And Crackers’ third dam is Champ ion of Champions winner Denim N Diamonds, a multiple AQHA Champion winner of more than $732,000.

Walk The Talk, Som Moon, Secret Forest, and Inseperable are four outstanding invaders in the sixth trial. Walks The Talk, a half sister to the aforementioned First Place Queen and the stakes winner First Place Princess. Walks The Talk’s dam, Illusive Princess, won three of eight races, including a stakes and $27,283. Som Moon’s second dam is Moon Arisen, the mother of Los Alamitos Million Futurity winner Your First Moon, El Primero Del Ano Derby winner Not A Full Moon, and Golden State Million Futurity hopeful Moonlight Corona. Secret Forest’s third dam is Teller Belle, a winner of $114,000. Secret Forest’s female family includes Jaime Jay, winner of the 1980 Kansas Derby, and All American Futurity winner Teller Cartel.

Inseperable, meanwhile, is out of a daughter of 1999 AQHA Champion Broodmare Fortune of Delight. She is the mother of 1999 champion A Delightful Dasher, the winner of the All American, Rainbow and Golden State futurities, as well as 1998 Rainbow Futurity winner Hes My Dasher, who was also the champion 3-year-old gelding in 1999.

Winners Version, who qualified to this year’s All American, Rainbow and Ruidoso futurities, will be in action in the seventh trial. His mother also produced Latest Version, a stakes winner at Los Alamitos in 2005 and the owner of the fastest qualifying time to the 2003 All American Futurity.

Denim N Diamonds is the second dam of Winners Version. Bred by EG High Desert Farms, Tisa Dream Runner is another baby out of the outstanding mare Sixarunner, a graded stakes winner of $151,000. Sixarunner is the mother of PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Sixish plus Kindergarten Futurity fastest qualifier Runner Dreamin. Tisa Dream Runne will race in the eighth trial.

Louisiana Senator enters the 10th trial with interesting breeding lines. His top side features the blood of First Prize Rose, Sizzlin Lil, Easy Henryetta and more, while his bottom side features the blood of Go Man Go plus the Thoroughbred bloodlines of Excellent Turn, a stakes placed winner of $82,000, and a dam of 8 Quarter Horse foals, including a stakes winner and a stakes placed winner. Two offspring have produced stakes winners and stakes place winners. Lummis will race in the 11th trial. His mother, Six Call Cash, won three races and nearly $9,000 but her mother (Merry For Cash) won the Prescott Downs Derby and the Navajo County Futurity.