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115 set to run for spot in Ed Burke Million Futurity


June 3, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

Story by Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

A tremendously talented group of 2-year-olds will embark on the chase for the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza when they compete in one of 12 trials to the $1,064,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Saturday night at Los Alamitos. A total of 115 runners are entered in the 350-yard trials and the horses with the 10 fastest times will move on to the June 19 Ed Burke final. The purse for the Ed Burke Million final is $64,000 richer than in 2009 and the number of entrants is up 25% from the 82 horses that competed in last year's trials.

The Ed Burke is also the first leg of the track’s Triple Crown, which also features the Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. If a horse wins all three of these races then his connections will earn a $1 million cash bonus.

It all adds up to what should be a great night of Quarter Horse racing, as every race on the card features either a 10- or nine-horse field. Saturday's 12-race card will feature three Pick-4 wagers, beginning in the 1st, 5th, and 9th races.

On the track, the opening trial will feature Mike Abraham and Alfonzo Pasquel's LA Fire from the powerful stable of young runners trained by Jaime Gomez. Keller and Keller's Leave The Scene, who barely missed out making the field to the Kindergarten Futurity, is another top contender in running in the first trial.

Bobby Cox's All N The Jeans, the third place finisher in the Kindergarten Futurity last month, will head the second of 12 trials to the Ed Burke Million Futurity. All N The Jeans has posted fast times in each of her three career starts and much of the same is expected from the Corona Cartel filly in this trial. In her Kindergarten outing, she veered in and bumped a rival, an incident that all but eliminated her from contention to win the Kindergarten.

"She came out of the race okay," said trainer Jaime Gomez. "She's a nice filly and hopefully she has a clean race in the trials."

All N The Jeans will be facing a nice group of runners headed by Rancho El Alacran's Exotic Camila, who posted a ¾-length victory in her last start. SS Robin, a Corona Cartel filly out of 2006 Remington Park Futurity winner First Prize Robin, is another top runner competing in this trial.

Bobby Cox's Carburator, the fifth place finisher in the Kindergarten, will headline the third trial, while Blues Man Won, a gelding sired by Ocean Runaway and out of 2007 World Champion Blues Girl Too, will see action in trial number four.

Some of the fastest babies ever to run at Los Alamitos will be action in the Ed Burke trials. In addition to the aforementioned All N The Jeans, who posted a tremendous time of :15.18 in the Kindergarten trials, Double Bar S Ranch's Pushing Dazies will come into the fifth trial after winning her career debut with a 300-yard time of :15.23. A half sister to 2010 Remington Park Championship winner and 2008 Champion of Champions winner Jess You And I, Pushing Dazies' winning time in that debut was at the time the fastest ever for a first-time starter 2-year-old filly at Los Alamitos at 300 yards. Her record only lasted a few days, as Legacy Ranch's Flying Fig broke it when she won her debut in a time of :15.16 on May 22. Flying Fig, who is trained by Denny Ekins, will be in action in the 12th race.

Tremor Enterprises LLC's Blues Girls Choice is the owner of the fastest time ever posted by a 2-year-old at Los Alamitos of :15.14. Also out of Blues Girl Too, the colt by A Regal Choice will be in action in the 10th trial on Saturday.

Hot Hitter, a half-brother of Governor's Cup Derby and Futurity winner Hard Hitting, will head the sixth trial to the Ed Burke Million Futurity. Sired by Walk Thru Fire, Hot Hitter ran second to the highly touted Jaguar XJ in his debut on May 14.

Rancho El Alacran's Jose Pablo is one of the big names racing in trial number seven. Trained by Adan Farias, Jose Pablo looked sharp when winning a trial to the Kindergarten Futurity in his racing debut and he should benefit from the extra 50 yards in the Ed Burke and the racing experience he acquired in the Kindergarten trial. Babes Bono Biker, owned by Ed Allred and Tom Seibly, will break from the rail and should be among and figures to be one of the main threats to Jose Pablo in this race.

Santa Fe Roldan Inc's Jaguar XJ is the big name in trial number eight. The son of First Down Dash was one of the hot performers in the morning qualifying works before 2-year-olds started running this year at Los Alamitos. He was dq'd in his debut when running in the Kindergarten trials but then came back with a solid victory on May 14. Will he make it two in a row? Will he show the type of talent that he displayed in his workouts? Jaguar XJ could very well be the “X-factor” in the Ed Burke trials.

Viansa, a full brother to millionaire champion FDD Dynasty, will be in action in the ninth trial against recent winners First To Divulge and Mercedes Roadster. The 11th trial will see Frosty Younger, who figures to love the 350-yard distance, and Kindergarten finalist Star In The East.