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Fire Moon Lady looks for another big win in Ed Burke

June 23, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Kindly Fellow sets the second-fastest time from 12 trials to the Ed Burke Million Futurity
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Story by Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

Dutch Masters III’s Fire Moon Lady knocked off a trouble-laden Kindergarten (G1) winner Separate Fire in their trial and will try to do it again when she returns in the $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

The 350-yard Ed Burke is the first leg on the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza. If the Ed Burke Million winner can also win the Golden State Million (G1) and the Los Alamitos Two Million (G1), then that horse’s connections take the $1 million bonus.

Fire Moon Lady, by Walk Thru Fire out of Zevis Lady Love (by Zevi-TB), would give trainer Jaime Gomez his fourth Ed Burke Million win since 2005 if she can back up her fastest-qualifying trial victory with an Ed Burke victory. In that trial, Separate Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Septacular by Separatist) was the overwhelming 1-to-9 favorite after her impressive Kindergarten victory. Separate Fire got off to a horrific, bumpy start, while Fire Moon Lady sprinted clear of the field.

Fire Moon Lady went on to win by ¾ lengths over Oceanik, while Separate Fire made a sensational rally to salvage third place.

The trial proved productive, with Fire Moon Lady racing to the fastest time of :17.365 for 350 yards and Oceanik grabbing the eighth-fastest time of :17.500. Separate Fire proved most fortunate by getting into the Ed Burke with the ninth-fastest mark of :17.501.

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Fire Moon Lady was an 11-to-1 outsider in the trial after only managing a fourth-place finish in her Kindergarten trial from her two previous starts.

Tremor Enterprises’ Separate Fire could gain strong support in Ed Burke Million based on her three-for-three record before her very rough trip in her Ed Burke trial and the fact that she has been the odds-on choice in each of her four efforts.

The Paul Jones-trained Separate Fire was the 4-to-5 choice in the Kindergarten and came through with a half length win to vault into the upper tier of the nation’s juvenile division. She won the Kindergarten in :15.148 for 300 yards after establishing the fastest time ever by a juvenile at Los Alamitos over the distance—:15.100—while winning her Kindergarten trial.

Howard Nichols’ Oceanik (Ocean Runaway-Jess Genuine by Mr Jess Perry) barely held off Separate Fire to finish second in the trial. The Joe “Bear” Bassett-trained colt is a maiden after three starts.

Berenisse Gonzalez’s Kindly Fellow (TR Dasher-Kindhearted by Separatist) finished strongly in his Kindergarten trial to win by 1¼ lengths and post the second-fastest qualifying mark of :17.383. The member of the Jose Flores barn finished in fourth place in the Kindergarten despite lugging in during the race.

David and Ross Hinkins’ third-fastest qualifier Sompin About First (First Down Dash-Sompinlikaglass by Raise Your Glass (TB)) also raced in the Kindergarten, and his seventh-place finish is his sole defeat from four outs. He pulled away to win his Ed Burke trial by 1¼ lengths with a :17.386 time.