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76 ready to run in Governor’s Cup Futurity trials on Saturday


July 15, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Governor’s Cup Futurity will be held on Saturday, July 30, as part of the outstanding California Breeders Champions Night. The purse for the Futurity will be an outstanding $466,000, an increase of $38,000 from last year’s final purse. The juicy purse has attracted 76 freshman sprinters for Saturday’s trials at 350 yards. There will be nine trials contested starting with the second race on the card and the horses with the 10 fastest times will return for the final on July 30. Thirty two of the 76 runners are graduates of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

The lineup of futurity hopefuls will be headed by Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Fixin To Fly from the barn of trainer Jim Hanson. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire posted one of the most impressive Kindergarten trial wins on May 8 when he blew away his rivals by 1¾ lengths. Only the great Separate Fire was able to finish ahead of Fixin To Fly in the Kindergarten final, which means that a lot will be expected from the Danielle Hall and Hanson-owned runner in Saturday’s trial. To be ridden by Jay Conklin, Fixin To Fly will be in action in the fifth race on Saturday, which is the fourth trial of the night.

Race number six will feature Edmundo and Elizabeth Gutierrez’s Ladies Royal Six and Armando Leon’s No Time To Fire, a pair of runners that looked sharp when winning their respective trials to the Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 12.

“(Ladies Royal Six) was my first ever starter in a futurity trial,” said 24-year-old trainer Lissette Hernandez. “I was very nervous going into the race, but it was a great thrill to see him win his race. It’s tough to qualify to futurity like the Ed Burke, but I was proud of the way my horse ran.”

Meanwhile, No Time To Fire posted a quick time of :17.55 when outdueling Carne Vino in their Ed Burke trial, plus his time was a little faster than Ladies Royal Six’s winning effort of :17.65. Their times were not fast enough to land them spots in the million dollar Ed Burke, but their solid efforts still make them two to watch in Saturday’s sixth race.

Kindergarten Futurity finalist Ima Chickie Two will be in action in the eighth race of the night. Trained by Adan Farias for S-Quarter K LLC, Ima Chickie Two broke his maiden a month ago when crushing nine rivals with a 1¼-length victory. In his previous race, Ima Chickie Two had finished eighth in the Kindergarten final, but only after a highly troubled journey from post five.

Elena Andrade’s Mucho Fuego will also be in action in the eighth race following a solid half-length victory in his racing debut. Sired by Walk Thru Fire out of the Corona Cartel mare Corona Mas Fina, Mucho Fuego will be ridden by Carlos Huerta from post four.

“Mucho Fuego is a very neat horse because he is so hilarious,” Andrade said. “He is a colt, but he is so easy going around the barn. My son, Oscar, and his friend Alex will go in his stall and and brush him and lay on top of him and he doesn’t mind. Carlos Huerta loves to come around to see him because he’ll be lying on the ground while you are cleaning his stall. He’s a lot of fun.”

The first trial of the night (race number two) will feature Illegal Smile, a gelding by champion FDD Dynasty out of champion aged mare Blazin Fire, and also Eye For FDD, a gelding by First Down Dash out of the millionaire Eye For Corona, who won the 2007 Golden State Million Futurity and finished second in both the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Ed Burke Million Futurity. Kolleen Ledgerwood’s This Partys Fire, who posted a nice maiden win back in May, will make his return start when he heads the second trial (race number three). A graduate of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, This Partys Fire is a full brother to 2009 Golden State Million Futurity winner The Partys On Fire.

David and Ross Hinkins’ FDD Moon is another son of First Down Dash to keep an eye on. A brother to champion Your First Moon and major stakes winner Not A Full Moon, FDD Moon will be in action in trial number six (race number seven) on Saturday.

Long Gone is one of the marquee names in the Governor’s Cup trials. The son of TR Dasher blew away his rivals when debuting with a 1¾-length maiden victory, but then missed the Ed Burke Million Futurity final by a whisker with a time of :17.51 was 1/100ths of a second slower than the 10th fastest qualifier. Long Gone still has his luster and many are expecting him to be one of the stars on this night of trials. He’ll be in action in the third heat (race number four) on Saturday. His main rivals figure to include Idol Special Dash, maiden winner Earth Rain Fire and Ed Burke Million Futurity trial runner-up Cowgrlsdontcry.

The final two trials appear to be the most wide open races of the evening. Holt McLaren ran second his debut and now figures to do well for trainer Jimmy Glenn Jr. and owner Ed Allred, while the Allred-bred Pickens will take on Pazazz Quarterhorses Ltd’s OC City Girl and Bobby Cox’s Shes Dashin First in the final final trial. Paul Jones will saddle Shes Dashin First.