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Heza Dasha Fire headlines a full night of trials to meeting’s richest race


November 22, 2014     E-mail this page to a friend!

Heza Dasha Fire returns from winning the Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 22, 2014
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
The trials to the Grade 1 $2,078,775 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity kick off with the most anticipated matchup of the season, as the phenomenal Heza Dasha Fire, winner of the first two legs of the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, faces the powerful PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner BF Farm Boss in the first of 13 trials on Sunday, November 23. First post is at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

To be ridden by Cruz Mendez for owner/breeder S-Quarter K LLC, Heza Dasha Fire is hoping to become only the third horse to have a chance to win the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza. The winner of the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity and Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity, Heza Dasha Fire needs to win the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity final on December 14 to become the first horse ever to win the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, which is the track’s version of the Triple Crown. Heza Dasha Fire would earn his connections a $1 million cash bonus with a victory in the Los Alamitos Two Million final.

Heza Dasha Fire arrives to this all important trial with an unbeaten record in five starts. No horse has come to within a half-length of him at the wire, although the son of Walk Thru Fire had to work very hard to overcome getting pinballed at the start of the Golden State Million final. Heza Dasha Fire fought his way out of trouble and then went on to win the Golden State Million by a half-length to put himself in a position to win the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza. Only champions Hawkish and Higher Fire have been part of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity with still a chance to win the track’s Triple Crown. Higher Fire came the closest, as she finished second to Value The Man in the 2004 Los Alamitos Two Million final.

Nine years later and Heza Dasha Fire has the opportunity to make history. Already a winner of $820,352, Heza Dasha Fire won his first three races by comfortable daylight margins. He won the first leg of the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza - the Ed Burke Million Futurity - by1¼ lengths.

Owned by Don and Peggy Boyle, BF Farm Boss has posted some of the most impressive victories by a 2-year-old this season. He won the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity after breaking sixth in the field of 10, but then flew in the second half of the race to defeat Corona Chick Handicap winner A Goddess Thru Fire in the futurity final. BF Farm Boss won his trial to the Breeders Futurity by a jaw dropping 2¼-length margin and before that he scored a 1¼-length win in a trial to the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. He has won five of seven starts this season, including his last three in a row. Ramon Sanchez will ride BF Farm Boss for trainer Paul Jones.

The opening trial also features Golden State Million Futurity finalists Oneapolliticalflight and Streakin Regard. Rancho El Cabresto’s Oneapolliticalflight was second to Heaa Dasha Fire in the Ed Burke Million Futurity earlier this season. The filly by One Famous Eagle has won over $196,000 in her six-race career. Streakin Regard was second to Heza Dasha Fire in their trial to the Golden State Million. He has a troubled break in the final, but finished nicely to cross the wire in fifth place for owner Armando Fernandez Rivera. Cash Rate Handicap winner Old Six Six, who won his Golden State Million trial, is another runner to watch in this star loaded event.

The horses with the 10 fastest times in the trials advance to the Los Alamitos Two Million to be held here on Sunday, December 14. The winner of the Los Alamitos Two Million will earn $842,425 plus $25,000 to the nominators of the winning horse. The Los Alamitos Two Million is the richest race of the 2014 Quarter Horse season.

The second trial includes Reliance Ranches LLC’s BP Corona Takes All, while PCQHRA Breeders Futurity finalist Run By You will be in action in the third trial. Autumn Handicap winner BP First Class, Golden State Million finalist Runaway Fire, and Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist Hot Shot takes on recent impressive maiden winner Dutcher in the fourth heat, while the fifth heat is led by Rancho El Cabresto’s Apollitical Blood. The Apollitical Jess colt ran fifth in the Ed Burke Million, fourth in the All American Futurity and was second in the Golden State Million final. He’s earned over $400,000 in seven outings this year. Golden State Million finalists Corona The Cat and Straw Dawg will also compete.

The sixth race features a clash between accomplished invaders Bodacious Eagle and Jess Walking Thru. Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle makes his Los Alamitos debut in the sixth race of the night after a sensational campaign at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding by One Famous Eagle qualified to all three of the major futurities this season in New Mexico, including a third place finish in the Ruidoso Futurity to Kiss My Hocks. Trained by Cody Joiner, Bodacious Eagle won all three of his futurity heats at Ruidoso Downs. Ricky Ramirez will ride Bodacious Eagle from post one. Trained by Mike Robbins for Ross Roark and Gary and Linda Gordon, Jess Walking Thru was outstanding in the Dash For Cash Futurity in her last start at odds of 28-1. She’ll make her Los Alamitos debut with her usual pilot Jose Amador Alvarez in the irons. Futurity finalists Off Beat, Chicanery, BP Down South, and Princess Pily will also participate.

Ed Allred’s Cartels Big Gun, who looked great when scoring a maiden victory in his last start, will be in action in the seventh trial, while Kindergarten fastest qualifier Zoomilicious headlines the eighth trial. Howard Nichols’ One More Card, who has finished in the top two in every one of her starts, and Ruidoso Futurity finalist Famous Corona Lady leads the ninth trial.

The 10th trial features a pair of multiple futurity finalists in Luv Supreme and Kickin Your Can, plus Ed Burke Million finalist Wrap You Up, while the 11th heat is led by Governor’s Cup Futurity third place finisher He Looks Hot. The 12th trial is one of the deepest of the night, as it includes two-time futurity finalist Wild Sixes Cartel, Ed Burke Million third place finisher Forget It, and Kindergarten Futurity finalists Viento Negro and Pink Berreta. The 13th and final heat is led by All American trial winner Sass Me Blue and Governor’s Cup finalist No Arizona.