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123 entered to run in Sundays’ trials to the Ed Burke Million


June 3, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

The chase for the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza gets underway on Sunday night, June 5, when 123 of the top juveniles in the country compete during a full night of 350-yard trials to the $1.1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity at Los Alamitos Race Course. First post for the 13-race program is 6:20 p.m. The card features three Pick 4 wagers with the early Pick 4 starting in the second race and consisting of races #2-5.

The horses with the 10 fastest times in the trials will advance to the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity to be held on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 19. The eventual winner of the Ed Burke Million final will earn $449,400 and will also become eligible to win the $1 million Cash Bonanza. The winner of the Ed Burke Million could earn the rich bonus by following the Burke Million with victories in the Golden State Million Futurity, and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. No horse has swept the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza races since the program debuted in 1998. However, there are many top young runners racing in the trials with the ability to sweep the track’s three rich million dollar futurities. Two of them, Fawna Knight’s Worth Doing and Lucky Seven Ranch’s Ima Amore La Blue, will face off in the 13th and final trial of the night.

Trained by Mark Skeen, Worth Doing owns one of the meet’s most impressive wins by a 2-year-old when breaking his maiden by 2 3/4 lengths on April 22. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire also posted an outstanding winning time of :15.48 at 300 yards and all indications are that he’ll love the 350-yard trial distance. Tony Guymon will ride the sorrel gelding out of the 2010 All American Derby finalist Callan Rocks. Trained by Mike Casselman, Ima Amore La Blue showed her talents when scoring a 3/4 length victory in her racing debut on April 29. To be ridden in the trials by Cody Jensen, Ima Amore La Blue posted a pair of solid :12.20 workouts prior to her debut and is also by Walk Thru Fire and out of Amore La Blue, the third place finisher in the 2012 Golden State Million Futurity. This trial will also feature Juan Aleman’s highly regarded Apollitical Spirit, a colt that finished second in his debut on April 29. The son of Mr Jess Perry is out of the champion Apollitical Time and is a full brother to 2010 World Champion Apollitical Jess.

In addition to Worth Doing and Ima Amore La Blue, there are 36 other juveniles with at least one win to their name. Trial number six will feature five runners with a previous visit to the winner’s circle. The group is headed by Anna MacPherson’s AJS Anna Smoke, the only unbeaten horse in the trials with at least two starts. AJS Anna Smoke was an impressive 1 1/4 length winner of his maiden outing on April 2 and then a 3/4 length winner in his trial to the Kindergarten Futurity on May 1. Trained by John Cooper, the son of Separatist just missed qualifying to the Kindergarten off of that effort, but he has to be considered a major player in these trials.

Veronica Gail Worth’s Red And Ready stands out among the other winners in trial number six thanks to her huge two length victory in a maiden race on April 17. The Walk Thru Fire filly posted an easy wire-to-wire win on that night with a solid time of :15.70 and prior to her debut she had shown great potential in her workout drills. Dutch Masters III’s Imaqtpie, a filly by One Famous Eagle which used a strong late kick to win her only career start, plus Paul Jones’ Fooseability and Rancho El Cabresto’s Apollititaka are the other winners in this heat.

Trials number seven through 10 will each feature four winners per trial race. One of the big favorites in trial number seven is John Hammes, Tom Bradbury, and Lisa Beauprez’s Thats A Good Reason, a Colorado-bred colt by Good Reason SA with a daylight win in his debut and then a troubled second in his Kindergarten trial. Denny Boer’s Imaloner, which also ran second in his Kindergarten trial, plus Apollitical Jewel and Cananea are the other winners in the seventh race. This field will also feature Abigail Kawananakoa’s A Bit Quirky, a full sister to champion aged mare Quirky.

The eighth trial will be headed by two of the most impressive maiden winners of the meet in Lucky Seven Ranch’s Lotta Blues Man and Balgo Racing Team, Inc’s King Candy. The Casselman-trained Lotta Blues Man is a gelding by red-hot stallion Favorite Cartel and out of 2011 All American Futurity finalist Lotta Love For Robyn. Lotta Blues Man won his debut by 1 ¼ lengths, which is the same margin of victory enjoyed by the Guillermo Morales-trained King Candy in his debut. The gelding by One Sweet Jess and out of Stars R Blue, which ironically is a half-sister to Lucky Seven Ranch’s World Champion Blues Girl Too. Mr Apollitical Dash and Evil Genius are the other winners in this trial.

James Streelman and Denny Boer’s Dutch Masters III will be represented by Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Chazaq in the ninth trial. The Corona Cartel gelding was second to Evil Genius in his debut, but then took a big step forward to win his Kindergarten trial by ¾ lengths. He ran a solid race in the Kindergarten, as he made up some ground to finish second in that 300-yard dash. To be ridden by Alejandro Luna for trainer Jaime Gomez, Chazaq figures to love the 350 yards based on his last two races. Bettler Google Me, Necessarily Arrogant, and Racy High Roller are the other winners in this race. This trial will also feature Jeryl and Ron Hartley’s Jess A Chick Magnet, which also exits the Kindergarten final and meets Chazaq once again. Trainer John Cooper has liked Jess A Chick Magnet from day one, but he was out of contention in the Kindergarten final right away after bumping several times at the start.

Steve Burns’ Ilikethewayshewalks, a full sister to 2011 Ed Burke Million Futurity winner Separate Fire, ran huge in her career debut when posting a 1 ½ length victory in a time of :15.68. A repeat of that performance could net the filly by Walk Thru Fire and out of Septacular with a spot in the Ed Burke Million final. Bred by her owner, Ilikethewayshewalks looks like she’s getting better every time she does something on the track – from her first :12.50 workout drill to a :12.30 second drill to her impressive debut win – and she’ll be ridden by Cesar De Alba from post six in this trial. Kindergarten finalist Ur My Princess, Miss Sonoran Foose, and Luckyjury are the other previous winners racing in this trial. Kindergarten finalist Stelfast has also drawn into this heat.

Other top juveniles to watch in the trials include Ron Hartley’s American Force, a ¾ length winner in his debut and considered by some as the top 2-yer-old on the grounds. Bred by E.J. and Mark Thompson, the son of First Down Dash will be saddled by John Cooper in the fourth trial. His rivals include Abigail Kawananakoa’s Staggering Stride, the high seller at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale last year. Out of the Grade 1 winning mare Dinastia Toll Brz, Staggering Stride is a full sister of 2013 Golden State Million Futurity and 2015 Champion of Champions finalist Solid Connection and a half-sister of champion FDD Dynasty. In the earlier trial number three, Yuriana Ramirez’s Fitz appears to be a standout. The Mr Jess Perry colt will be taking on the One Dashing Eagle colt One American Eagle, which is owned by Juniors Quarter Horses, Inc.