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56 to run in Governor's Cup Futurity trials on Saturday; Peace Fire heads Governorís Cup Derby trials on Friday


July 16, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

The trials to the Governorís Cup Futurity has thrown an intriguing batch of runners, as some performers will enter with some already impressive credentials, while other possible top contenders will enter the trials as rather unknown quantities after winning a maiden race in good form.

Dutch Masters IIIís Personal Glory is among the big name runners in the trials, as the Walk Thru Fire filly comes in having already won trials to the Kindergarten Futurity and Ed Burke Million Futurity, while qualifying to each of those two mega Grade 1 events. The Jaime Gomez-trainer runner even finished an impressive third in the million dollar Ed Burke despite breaking in seventh place. Her terrific strong kick is synonymous with babies sired by Walk Thru Fire and there is no doubt that she could be among the most impressive runners in the strong 2-year-old crop of 2010.

Personal Glory will be in action in the seventh race, which actually serves as the fifth trial to the Governorís Cup. There are seven 350-yard heats on the night and a total of 56 runners competing in the trials. The Governorís Cup Futurity final will be held on Saturday, July 31 as part of California Breeders Champions Night.

Personal Gloryís rivals in this trial include a couple of runners that looked strong while recently picking up their first career victory. Jesus Velascoís Silveree broke her maiden by 1 ľ lengths on June 18 and was third to Flying Figís divisional track record debut back on May 22. Lees First Down is also in this race and he comes into this race after posting a ĺ length victory on June 6.

The second to last trial (race number eight on the card) also offers some notable names and some rising stars. Ed Allred and Tom Seiblyís Babes Bono Biker is already a two-time winner this year and heís a brother to the likes of Governorís Cup Futurity finalist Bikers Bono. Bred by the Estate of Spencer Childers, Babes Bono Biker will be looking to become the third Childers-bred runner to do great things for Allred and Seibly. In the past, the two good friends have campaigned Los Alamitos Invitational Championship winner Ten Oclock Scholar and Golden State Million Futurity winner The Partys On Fire. Childers bred both of those outstanding performers. They went on to shine for Allred and Seibly.

Babes Bono Bikerís trial will feature EG High Desert Farmsí Wild West Hawk and Jaime Gomez and Ron and Denise VanAmburghís A First Down Chick. The latter is a full sister to champion 2-year-old colt Tempting Dash and Grade 1 winner A Tempting Dash. If she runs like her older siblings, A First Down Chick will trail an outstanding blaze of her own. Wild West Hawk only beat $20,000 claimers by a nose, but she did so despite having a lot of trouble at the start. Balgo Racing Teamís Hot Hitter has yet to win in his two starts, but he has the look of a potential star, plus his older half-brother Hard Hitting won this race in 2008 before winning the Governorís Cup Derby last year. Hot Hitter is a gelded son of Walk Thru Fire.

Tough To Sell and Fearless And First will headline the first trial heat of the night. They will both enter the track after breaking their maiden in their most recent starts. Anjora Corpís Awisetist is the only non-maiden in trial number two, but sheíll be surrounded by a good cast that included the multiple maiden placed runner This Is Da One and Stern Ranchesí recent runner-up Natasha Sr.

Micah Leslie and Link Newcombís The Palm is the big name in trial number three. Trained by Dan Francisco, the Separatist filly ran second to Jose Pablo in a trial to the Kindergarten Futurity but then won her maiden by, and this is no typo, 3ľ lengths. The Palm cruised to victory in a comfortable time of :15.32 at 300 yards. Viansa, a full-brother to champion FDD Dynasty, will leave the gate to the inside of The Palm. He comes into this race after breaking his maiden by 1ĺ lengths.

Two of the big names of the night can be found in the sixth and seventh races of the night. They are Jaguar XJ, who won his trial to the Ed Burke Million Futurity but just missed qualifying to the rich final, and also Rolls Royce Ghost, who is a full brother to champions Wave Carver and Oceans Runaway. Both are recent arrivals to trainer Adan Fariasí barn. Santa Fe Roldan Inc. owns the two promising runners.

Peace Fire heads Governorís Cup Derby trials


Childers Ranch LLCís Peace Fire will begin her quest to sweep the Governorís Cup Series when the Walk Thru Fire filly headlines the field to the Derby trials on Friday at Los Alamitos. Sixteen sophomore will be in action in the trials and the horses with the 10 fastest times will return for the derby final on Saturday, July 31. The trials are slated as the eighth and ninth races on the 10-race card that begins at 7:15 p.m.

Trained by Dan Francisco, Peace Fire will make her first start of the year on Friday and her first since winning a trial to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity last November. Bred by the late great Spencer Childers, Peace Fire has drawn the outside post eight and will headline the first of two heats. Last year, Peace Fire won the Governorís Cup Futurity in impressive fashion, crushing her rivals after a slow start. The gray filly has been working up to this race and if she runs like she did last year, she will be a major factor.

First Down King, an allowance winner in a June start and a dead-heat winner of the Los Alamitos Juvenile Stakes, plus Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist Fire In The Hole will also contend. Owned by Isla Vista Ranch SSís Fire In The Hole has won five of his last six starts.

In the second trial, Isla Vista will have two winning machines in action. Pink Boots RM and Fishin Party have both won each of their last five starts and figure to shine in this trial. Other top runners in this trial include Golden State Juvenile winner Fighting City Hall and stakes veteran Forrest Fire and Thinking Jazz.