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Five Bar Cartel headlines Golden State Million Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos

November 1, 2013     E-mail this page to a friend!

Five Bar Cartel wins his trial race on October 20.
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
San Gregorio Racing Stables’ Five Bar Cartel will go after his second victory in a million dollar race this season at Los Alamitos when he heads the field to Sunday’s $1,044,700 Golden State Million Futurity at 400 yards.

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To be saddled by Danny Montes, Five Bar Cartel won his first million dollar race of the campaign when he took home the Ed Burke Million Futurity by a nose on June 23. The victory made the son of Corona Cartel eligible to win the $1,000,000 Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, which is the track’s version of the Triple Crown. The Golden State Million is the second jewel of the series with the third jewel being the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. No horse has ever won the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza since the program’s inception in 1998. Five Bar Cartel could be the first based on his outstanding and undefeated racing form. Bred by Esmeralda Flores, Five Bar Cartel is undefeated in four starts this season and he was most impressive when winning his Golden State Million trial by 1 ¼ lengths on October 20. Five Bar Cartel will start from post number seven.

“We have a nice horse in Five Bar Cartel,” said owner Jorge Carmona of San Gregorio Racing Stables. “He was doing everything fine (going into the trials) so we felt good (about his chances to qualify. He’s on his A game right now. He’ll be facing a good field in the final. Turbulent Times is a nice horse and the entire field looks very evenly matched. It’ll be an even race, but I hope it goes our way on the night of the final.”

Saul Ramirez will be aboard Five Bar Cartel.

“Saul is a money rider,” Montes said. “He’s been in plenty million dollar races.”

Ramirez won the 2011 Golden State Million Futurity with Double Bar S Ranch’s Igotyourtac.

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Turbulent Times posted the fastest qualifying time to the Ed Burke Million and now enters the Golden State Million also as the fastest qualifier. The fourth place finisher in the Ed Burke, Turbulent Times made no mistakes in his Golden State Million trial, as he powered his way to a 1 ¼ length win. Eduardo Nicasio will ride the colt by Furyofthewind for trainer Jose De La Torre. Bred by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC, he’s won three of four career starts.

“We have a lot of confidence on this horse and we accept whatever the horse provides us,” said owner Jesus Avila.

“(Fire Up Willie) has the ability to perform at a high level,” said Jose De La Torre. “She’s a Walk Thru Fire filly so you can’t ask for much better than that. Her mother (Willie Swings) ran in the Charger Bar Handicap and was a good performer at Los Alamitos.”

Nicasio rode all five of the De La Torre qualifiers, but he’ll stick with Turbulent Times in the final.

“Turbulent Times has tremendous power and I was very impressed with his (trial) race,” Nicasio said. ”

The Corona Cartel colt Highest Fire was bred by Julianna Hawn Holt and is out of the Golden State Million Futurity winner Higher Fire.

“This horses has been learning the game and it’s looking like he’s got the hang of it,” De La Torre added.

The De La Torres and John R. Haagsma’s A Corona Sunset is another one to watch after winning his trial over Rainbow Futurity finalist Bp Its My Policy. A Corona Sunset was winning for the second time in five starts.

“It’s unreal to qualify to the Golden State Million,” said Haagsma, who is enjoying his first ever futurity final. “I’ve raced a lot of Thoroughbreds, but Jose talked me into becoming partners on this horse. I also bought a piece of a yearling that they repurchased out of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. I now have 12 Thoroughbred and two Quarter Horses.

“I’ve raced horses since around 1993,” he added. “I have a hay business in Ontario and I deliver to a lot of the guys here. My dad, John D. Haagsma, has been involved in racing for a long time. He used to gallop horses for Farrell Jones before he got too big to ride. My grandfather had horses as well. I’m new to the game of Quarter Horse racing, but I’m learning more and more. I was partners on a Thoroughbred named Barbecue Eddie, who we took to Dubai to run fourth (in the Grade 1 Gulf News Dubai Golden Shaheen). We did well with him and eventually sold him to (Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum).”

Bill Price’s maiden Bp Its My Policy ran in the $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and will now start from post number eight in the Golden State Million.

“She did everything right and just got outrun,” Wood said. “We gave her some time off after the Rainbow because she was dealing with soft tissue problems. Her shins were bothering her. She was paid to the All American, but we skipped it because we didn’t think she was ready to go 440 yards. She’s a small filly, and at least for this year her best distance is 400 yards. She needed this race and I thought she ran a perfect (trial) race.”

Stanley Watkins’ Jiffy James posted the sixth fastest qualifying time after beating fellow Rock You in the trials. To be ridden by G.R. Carter, the Charles Treece-trained runner came into this race after running fifth in the $435,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity.

“He’s a good horse and he races for a great owner,” Treece said. “Stanley and his wife, Pam, live in Strathmore near Fresno, California. They have a ranch up there where they keep their broodmares. They’re very hands on with their horses. Stanley was tickled to death after qualifying to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity so I can only imagine how happy he must be right now. I wasn’t even going to run Jiffy James in the trials, but I got together with my assistants in the barn and they said ‘let’s run him.’ ”

After winning big money races in Oklahoma and New Mexico, Reliance Ranches LLC could win a million dollar race in California with the Steve Burns-bred gelding Rock You. Sired by Foose and out of the solid producer Babe On The Fly, Rock You ran a tremendous race when dueling with Jiffy James. A leading contender for AQHA Owner of the Year, Reliance Ranches is tops in the nation in money earned with $1,710,723. The racing operation won the $2.8 million All American Derby with Feature Hero and the $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Futurity with Coronado Cartel.

Owned by Paulo Otavio Freire MacEdo and trainer by Paul Jones, Solid Connections will complete the field and will start from post number nine. Second to Highest Fire in the trials, the John Andreini-bred runner won her maiden on October 4 and her pedigree is outstanding. The filly is the daughter of Mr Jess Perry and out of the outstanding mare Dinastia Toll Br. Solid Connections is a half sister to FDD Dynasty.