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Ten to compete in $56K Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity on Saturday


June 14, 2012     E-mail this page to a friend!

Bullet In The Gun sets the fastest qualifying time—350 yards in :17.719—from two trials to the Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity
(photo by Scott Martinez, courtesy of Los Alamitos Race Course)
Six of the 10 runners that will compete in the $56,000 Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity on Saturday night will be racing for new connections after being claimed out of the trials.

In the Claiming Futurity trials, horses could be claimed for $12,500. That led to a frenzy of activity in the claiming box with more than half of the futurity finalists getting tagged following their trial race. Surprisingly, neither of the two trial winners switched barns, as fastest qualifier Bullet In The Gun and gutsy winner Sassy Cartel stayed in the barn of trainer Paul Jones. The two runners figure to be top candidates in the finale.

Anna and Rod MacPherson's Sassy Cartel held off Taladro Czeck by a nose in their trial race. Sassy Cartel, a filly by Carters Cartel, was making only her second career start after running third to Claiming Futurity finalist Knows Best in a maiden claiming race.

"She's a tiny little thing, but you have to watch out for those little horses," Rod MacPherson said. "The filly that won the Kindergarten Futurity (Blackberry Czech) is a small horse and so is the Separatist runner Starlite Delight. (Sassy Cartel's) mother is Royal Sassy Mary and she was a pretty good runner for us. She made over $57,000 and she ran in a couple of stakes races here."

Royal Sassy Mary won her trial to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity, but did not make the final, but she did finish second in the Jade Cove Handicap and won an allowance race here. She hit the board in 17 of 33 career starts. Sassy Cartel is hoping that the Claiming Futurity can be the start of a career as productive as the one enjoyed by her mother.

Owned by Paul Jones, James Azevedo and Boyles Family Trust, Bullet In The Gun comes in as the fastest qualifier after scoring a solid ˝-length victory in the trials. Bullet In The Gun is the first of two big money race finalists for Azevedo and Boyles Family Trust. Following this weekend's race, Jones, Azevedo and the Boyles Family can look forward to High School Secrets competing in the $1,041,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday, June 24. The Boyles Family entity honors the memory of Charles Boyles, Azevedo’s father in law, who raced horses at Los Alamitos in partnership with Azevedo for many years. Seven of the 10 finalists came out of the trial won by Bullet In The Gun.

S.A.M. Ranch's Headlining and Barrel Babe are the two other finalists that did not get claimed in the finals.

Of the six that did get claimed, Roberto Lopez's Knows Best won his maiden race before finishing second as the favorite to Bullet In The Gun in the trials. Knows Best is a Snowbound gelding bred by the late Kim Kessinger. Gilberto Hernandez's Check The Dasher, Mark and Ryan Hanson's Taladro Czeck, Gustavo De La Torre's Lavish Susan, Cal West Racing's Iba Dream Away, and Cesar Eduardo Nunez Gomez's Short Leash are the other sprinters that will be carrying jockeys wearing their barn's new silks in the Claiming Futurity final.