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Foose Returns Victorious in Golden State Million Trials


October 19, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

Ramon Sanchez drives Foose to the wire to post the fastest time of the 11 trials.
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
By Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

Ed Allred and Paul Jones’ precocious superstar Foose lived up to heavy expectations in his first start since winning the Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 21, as he shook off a hard stumble at the start to post the fastest qualifying time to the richest ever running of the Golden State Million Futurity on Saturday, October 18, at Los Alamitos Race Course.

With Ramon Sanchez in the irons, Foose lost his footing on his hind legs after leaving the gate from post four but he recovered swiftly to score a head victory over J. Adams, D. Harrel and J. Peacock’s Inseperable in a time of :19.56. Foose will now lead a field of 10 qualifiers to the $1,386,500 Golden State Million final on November 1, which in addition to having the event’s richest ever purse it is also the fifth richest race ever contested in the 57-year history of Los Alamitos Race Course.

Trained by Paul Jones, Foose is now undefeated in four career starts and his successful effort in the Golden State trials keeps him eligible to collect the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, the track’s version of the Triple Crown. The son of Stel Corona will earn the lucrative cash bonus if he’s able to add the Golden State final and then the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity to his Ed Burke triumph. Despite the impressive end result, Foose did give his connections some anxious moments when he stumbled and broke out at the start.

“I was worried that he might have hurt himself,” Allred said. “Then I was worried that he would get tired. After all that trouble, it was great to see him win. He’s a very athletic horse. A big old clumsy horse might not have overcome the trouble.”

When asked if he was nervous watching Foose race, Jones just smiled. “I’ve been nervous since the day after the Ed Burke,” he said. “It has been a long span in between races and it was tough to have to wait this long to run him again. It feels nice to see him that impressive. He overcame trouble but he was still able to run fast.

“Everything crosses your mind when you see a stumble like that. When I saw how strong he finished I was relieved. He walked into the winner’s circle looking tired but that’s how he is. He gives you every ounce of energy he’s got and that makes him come back tired. He also needed this race. He’s young, fairly rested and we knew that he would need the race. He should be better in the next race.”

Inseperable, who finished third to All American Futurity winner Stolis Winner in the Rainbow Futurity, gave Foose a run for his money early on before crossing the wire with the second fastest qualifying time of :19.58. Also trained by Jones, who ended up with five finalists on the night, Inseperable was ridden by Cody Jensen.

“I was very proud of his race,” said Jones of the Separatist colt. “He also needed the out because he had not raced since (July 20). The only thing we had on him was a 220 yard workout.”

Jones also qualified the fourth fastest qualifier in Winners Version, the sixth fastest in Splendifferous and the ninth fastest in Kindergarten Futurity winner Revv It Up. Winners Version and Revv It Up both won their trials, while Joe Kirk Fulton’s Splendifferous finished second to fourth fastest qualifier Jessanotheraffair.

“Splendifferous is a little filly that I ran once at Ruidoso,” Jones continued. “She’s a very improving horse. She was a little bit behind in her race at Ruidoso Downs but she came back and won it. She runs gutty races.”

The Mr Jess Perry filly was racing for only the third time in her career.

Chad Richard’s Winners Version, a Texas-bred son of Holland Ease, continued his strong freshman campaign by qualifying to the Golden State Million after running in the Ruidoso, Rainbow and All American futurities. Winners Version covered the distance in :19.63 while recording a 1-length victory to break his maiden.

“It’s been pretty unbelievable what this horse has done,” Jones said. “He was the only horse to qualify to all three futurities at Ruidoso Downs and now he comes here and qualifies. He’s a good horse. He’s a sound horse. He’s a trooper. He’s a fighter.”

Sanchez piloted both Foose and Winners Version, a pair of talented horses with different running styles. “When Foose takes off he’s quick but then he gets faster and faster as the race goes on. Winner Version pretty much has the same running rhythm from start to finish. He goes the same speed the whole way. Foose didn’t break that well tonight, but he finished like he always does. If you saw his first ever race, that’s how he finished tonight.”

Sanchez also piloted Keilani Farms’ Revv It Up, who crushed her rivals to win by a length and three quarters. Revv It Up will look to become the first horse to win the Kindergarten at 300 yards and the Golden State Million at 400. There have been four horses to win the Kindergarten, when it was contested at 350 or 400 yards, and Golden State. They are Lanty’s Jet (1973), Tolltac (1983), Teller Queen (1988) and Ah Sigh (1994 Miss Kindergarten).

Muller Racing LLC’s Nosecretwhosefirst looked terrific in winning his trial heat by two lengths—the largest winning margin of the night—in the third fastest qualifying time of :19.61, but unfortunately he suffered an injury that will prevent him from returning for the final.

“I’m afraid that he probably pulled a suspensory and he’ll have to miss the final,” said trainer Denny Ekins. “The good thing is that he walked into the (horse transportation vehicle) on his own and he walked out on his own. He’s resting in the barn right now and I think he’ll be fine to race another day, just not in time for this final.”

Muller Racing, Ekins and Alex Bautista, who piloted the gray First Down Dash colt Nosecretwhosefirst, won the 2004 running of the Golden State Million with the great Ocean Runaway.

Karen Bennett’s Jessanotheraffair ran the race of his life to equal the fourth fastest time of :19.63. Trained by Mike Joiner, the gelding by Feature Mr Jess has been a hard-knocking performer as he was making his fourth start since August 17. He has won three of those starts.

“I think the fact that he’s a gelding helped him,” Joiner said. “This was his third race in less than five weeks and being a strong gelding is to his advantage. This horse ran sixth in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. He’s a nice horse.”

Janet McKinnerney’s Tres Passes ran third to Jessanotheraffair and Splendifferous but he’ll take it if it means qualifying to his first million-dollar race. Trained by Blane Schvaneveldt, who is a five-time winner of the Golden State, Tres Passes won the Ed Burke Memorial Juvenile Stakes. He also looked great when winning an allowance test on August 24. Sanchez piloted the gelding by Tres Seis.

Dutch Masters III’s Pizarra was the upset winner of the 10th trial after defeating Joiner, Wootan, Smith, Yates & Abrams’ Louisiana Senator by a neck in a time of :19.70. Sent off at 16-to-1 odds, Pizarra’s victory knocked out Corona For You out of the list of qualifiers to the Golden State Million. Pizarra’s trainer Jaime Gomez is the owner of Corona For You.

“I knocked myself out,” Gomez said. “I would have loved to be in the race but I’m much happier having a Dutch Masters III horse in there. The guys from Dutch Masters III deserve to be in the million dollar races.”

Gianni Samaja’s First Jess Appeal, trained by Felix Gonzalez and ridden by Carlos Bautista, finished with the 10th fastest qualifying time of :19.74. The homebred colt by Mr Jess Perry has finished in the money in all five of his career starts.

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows; Foose (:19.56), Inseperable (:19.58), Nosecretwhosefirst (:19.61), Winners Version (:19.63), Jessanotheraffair (:19.63), Splendifferous (:19.67), Tres Passes (:19.68), Pizarra (:19.70), Revv It Up (:19.71) and First Jess Appeal (:19.74).

Corona For You finished as the 11th fastest qualifier with a time of :19.75, while Louisiana Senator was the 12th fastest with a time of :19.755.