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It’s a record 14 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trials this Sunday night

November 18, 2011     E-mail this page to a friend!

Saul Ramirez and Igotyourtac enter the winner's circle after winning the Golden State Million Futurity on October 30.
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Story by Orlando Gutierrez, Los Alamitos Race Course

The richest running in the 16-year history of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity will be held this year, as California’s biggest race will feature a tremendous purse of $2,236,300 when it is run on Sunday, December 11. The figure makes this year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity the second richest race in Quarter Horse racing’s history.

The field for the Los Alamitos Two Million will be decided on Sunday when a record number of trials (14) and participants (119) compete for one of 10 spots in the 400-yard futurity. First post for the all-Quarter-Horse-trial card is 5:00 p.m. local time. The wagering menu on trial night will feature three Pick-4 wagers starting with the early offering that is comprised of races 1, 2, 3 and 4.

This year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity will offer a purse that is 9.7% higher than the previous stakes record purse of $2,038,250. The 119 entrants in the trials is also a 9% increase from the previous stakes high.

On the track, the trials will feature two major futurity winners in Double Bar S Ranch’s Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity hero Igotyourtac, Tremor Racing’s Grade 1 Ed Burke Million and Kindergarten futurity winner Separate Fire plus Paul Blanchard’s All American Futurity finalist Bills Last. The list of trialist in deep in quality beyond those three remarkable names, as “Deuce” hopefuls in the trials include Angela Aquino’s Golden State Million Futurity finalist Regardless, who will take on Bills Last in the second race, FF Racing Stables’ Sex On Fire, who’ll face PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalist Natalie Dash in the third race, and PCQHRA Breeders Futurity runner-up Long Gone, who also qualified to the Governor’s Cup and Golden State Million futurities. Racing for LJM Ranch, Long Gone will compete in the sixth race and will take on Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist Hi On The List, Governor’s Cup Futurity third place finisher Carne Vino and Eaves and Kessinger’s highly touted runner Delight At Night.

In addition to the well-known futurity finalists, there are a several talented runners that could have the spotlight shine brightly on them on Los Alamitos Two Million trials night. One of those is Ed Allred’s Once Over, a talented son of Walk Thru Fire who will be making only his third career start. Once Over has raced greenly in his first two outings, but the sky is the limit if he can maintain a straight course in this trial. Johnny Trotter's Hez Our Secret is another runner with a world of talent. The well-bred son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash was a standout when he qualified with the fifth fastest time to the Rainbow Futurity, but unfortunately he had to be scratched after getting very ill before the final. Now healthy and strong, the Trey Wood-trained colt returned to the races with a surging second place finish in his Los Alamitos debut on November 4. He figures to be a major player in the 12th trial of the night.

Edward and Theresa DeNike’s Hit It Big is another runner that could have a breakthrough performace in the trials. Competing in trial number five, Hit It Big is running for the first time since breaking his maiden on June 12. Hit It Big is a full brother to multiple stakes winner Hot Hitter and Streak Hitter, the 2011 Los Alamitos Equine Sale $190,000 sale topper. Hit It Big posted the fastest of 23 workouts when drilling 220 yards in a sizzling :11.90 on October 8 and then returned with an easy 350 drill in :18.50. With Cody Jensen in the irons, Hit It Big is definitely one to watch.

Igotyourtac is hoping a lucky trial number seven. A surprising 44-1 winner winner of the Golden State Million last month, the son of Tac It Like A Man is hoping to keep his momentum going. Since 1995, four winners of the Golden State have gone on to win the Two Million.

Two-time million dollar race finalist Terrific Synergy will take on Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist Flame N Flash in the eighth trial. Blazin Fuego, a full brother to recent stakes winners Blazin Son and Illegal Smile, will also compete in this trial.

Berenisse and Marlyn Gonzalez’s Kindly Fellow has to be strongly considered in the ninth trial. The son of TR Dasher has qualified to the Kindergarten, Ed Burke Million and PCQHRA Breeders futurities and has finished fourth or better in each of those three races. He’ll be facing a group headed by Golden State Juvenile runner-up Whata Corona Runner. Solid runners FDD Moon and Oceanik will square off in the 10th race, while the aforementioned Separate Fire will take on Kindergarten Futurity third place finisher This Boogie Fire, who hails from the strong connections of owner Mike Abraham and Jaime Gomez.

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Last To Fire, who posted the fastest qualifying time to the Golden State Million, and Samuel Henderson’s First Outburst will headline the 13th trial. In their last encounter, Last To Fire finished third to First Outburst’s fourth in the Golden State. The trials will wrap up with Ruidoso and Golden State Million finalist Fly First Down facing futurity finalists Idol Special Dash, BPS Jumpin Frisco and Sompin About First in one of the most contentious trials of the night.