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Record 109 runners to take part in Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trials

November 18, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

The winners of the three richest Quarter Horse races contested so far this year will headline a record number of participants in the trials to the $2,033,700 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Saturday night, November 20, at Los Alamitos. Twelve races will be contested featuring an all-time stakes high 109 2-year-olds all hoping for a big night in the 400 yard trials. The horses with the 10 fastest times will move on to December 10 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity final, which far and away the richest race of any bred to be contested in California this year. With its purse of $2,033,700 no other race in California is anywhere close in terms of riches to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. In fact, the four richest races in California this year are all Quarter Horse races contested at Los Alamitos Race Course. The winner of this year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity will earn $818,874.

“The Deuce” trials will feature the winners of the three different million dollar races including $2 million All American Futurity winner Mr Piloto, who will be in action in the 11th trial of the night. The other million dollar race winners are One Sweet Jess, who was tremendous in winning the $1,230,450 Golden State Million Futurity, and First Down Illusion, who posted a nice upset when scoring in the $1,064,000. The All American, Golden State Million, and Ed Burke Million are the nation’s three richest Quarter Horse race so far this year. That is, until the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity is held early next month.

Mr Piloto is the first All American winner sired by the outstanding stallion Mr Jess Perry. A colt, Mr Piloto, is owned by Jose Trevino’s Tremor Enterprises LLC and will be ridden in the trials by Esgar Ramirez. On trial night, Mr Piloto will be making his first start since winning the second-closest finish to an All American Futurity in its 52 years. This race will also mark his first ever start at Los Alamitos, where he has been prepping for this race since the around the middle of September. Mr Piloto, who has a career bankroll of $1,002,240, was purchased for $81,000 at the 2009 Heritage Place Yearling Sale. Originally named Maverick Perry, he was acquired in January in a private transaction by Fernando Garcia's Garcia Bloodstock & Racing of Tucson, Arizona. Mr Piloto was then sold to Tremor Enterprises LLC prior to the All American trials and in his first start for Felipe Quintero,the gelding qualified to the finale. On Labor Day in the All American final, the 27-year-old Quintero became the one of the youngest trainers ever to win the All American.

Bred in Louisiana by Ill Take a Twirl LLC, Mr Piloto is out of the Grade 3 stakes-winning Splash Bac mare Ms Pilot Point. The broodmare is also the dam of Goose Perry, a full brother to Mr Piloto who posted the 12th-fastest time to the All American and will also see action in the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity in the sixth trial.

The trial of the night has to be the ninth race since the field will feature Golden State Million winner One Sweet Jess and Ed Burke Million winner First Down Illusion, who also won the California Breeders Freshman Stakes and ran third in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. The two California standouts have never met before and this figures to be a tremendous clash between million dollar race winners.

“Our horse came out a little tired after the Golden State Million, but he’s now doing super and training well,” said trainer Ugo De La Torre. “We are thrilled with everything that he has been doing coming up to this race.”

Tiredness may have also played a role in First Down Illusion’s unusual fourth place finish in the trials to the Golden State Million Futurity on October 15. Prior to that race, the First Down Dash colt had only finished out of the money once in his career and that came in his first ever start back on April 3.

“He probably was a little tired for those trials,” trainer Adan Farias admitted. “There were only 13 days between the PCQHRA Breeders final and the Golden State trials, but when you have a sound horse like First Down Illusion, you have to try and make the most out of the opportunities that are presented. I do feel that he will be a little more like himself in these trials and I’m hoping that he runs a big race.”

Farias has at least two horses in each of the 12 trials and many are considered top contenders to qualify.

“Blues Ferrari (who will race in the 12th trial) is one of my favorites. He was in the Golden State final, but he didn’t explode in that race. He’s usually pretty quick, but in the Golden State a horse veered in out the gate and pretty much took him out of contention. I also have First Down Jaguar, a horse that I like a lot. He’s a stallion and that plays a little bit against him, but he has all the physical tools to run a big race. Rolls Royce Ghost (who will race in the 8th trial) has always been one of my favorites as well. He just needs to mature and become like his brothers Wave Carver and Ocean Runaway. That family, with the exception of Ocean Runaway, who was a monster right from the start, has a tendency to become monsters at the age of three. I love the fact that Rolls Royce Ghost is a very sound horse and I’m looking forward to his continued maturation.”

Legacy Ranch’s Flying Fig will compete in trial number five and so far her career has closely resembled that of the great Blues Girl Too. Both fillies set track records for fastest 300-yard times for a 2-year-old filly and they both finished second in the Ed Burke Million and Golden State Million Futurity. Flying Fig would love to finish out the year in the same fashion as Blues Girl Too, who qualified to the Two Million Futurity and then beat champion FDD Dynasty and All American winner No Secrets Here to claim the 2006 running of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.

Golden State Million finalists PK Fire, LA Fire and Thru The Fire, Golden State Juvenile winner Girlie Man, Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Hot Hitter, PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalists BF Farm Boy and Filthy Fast, Mexican futurity winner Preening, and Ed Burke Million and Kindergarten futurity finalist All N The Jeans are just a few of the important names that will also compete in Saturday’s Los Alamitos Two Million trials.