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Ed Burke Million final is a dream come true for Arrossa, Los Alamitos Equine Sale graduates highlight great Ed Burke field

June 18, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Fire Fast Corona sets the fourth-fastest qualifying time—350 yards in :17.640—from 13 trials on June 5 to the Ed Burke Million Futurity
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
The field to the $1.1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity is a varied collection of outstanding young runners consisting of two homebred, AJS Anna Smoke and Lotta Blues Man, plus eight horses that were featured in sales catalogs from all across the country last year. Of those eight that were available for purchase as yearlings, four are graduates of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. This quartet is made up of Fire Fast Corona, King Candy, Worth Doing, and Heza Famous Dasher.

Racing for Brad Christiansen, Dennis Jensen and Randy Young, Fire Fast Corona posted the fourth fastest qualifying time to this Sunday’s (June 19) Ed Burke Million final following his runner-up finish to top qualifier Chazaq. The Monty Arrossa-trained Fire Fast Corona had posted solid workout times prior to his debut and came into his own in his Ed Burke trial.

“Fire Fast Corona ran a great race and tickled with the way he ran in the trials,” Arrossa said. “He’s getting better with each start and I’m glad that we were in a fast trial against Chazaq. I think our horse is on the improve. He’s maturing and it’s a dream come true to have a horse in a million dollar race at Los Alamitos.”

With the Ed Burke Million being contested on Father’s Day, Arrossa is dedicating Fire Fast Corona’s outing to his father, the late Pete Arrossa.

“My dad passed away about a year ago,” he said. “My dad trained horses, both flat and chariot horses. He was a great horseman and I know he’ll be watchig over us on Sunday night. He was a hard worker and really taught his chldren work ethic and the idea that hard work pays offs. He’s the reason that I’m at Los Alamitos. He knew that my dream was to train here and he encouraged me to come out to Los Alamitos.

“When I came here a few years ago with Time For Jesse Lee for the Wild West Futurity trials, he stayed home and helped take care of my business. I remember him saying that I had to try out at Los Al and to work hard and if things don’t go to simply work harder. It’s a thrill to now have a horse in the Ed Burke Million Futurity.”

A big part of Arrossa’s heart will be in his hometown of Jerome, Idaho, on Father’s Day. “They’ll be running the second annual Pete Arrossa Memorial in Jerome on the same day as the Ed Burke. My mom, sister, and several other members of our family are staying in Jerome. The owners of Fire Fast Corona felt bad that I would not be able to be there for his memorial race, but I told them that I know my dad would want me to be here for this race. He was an integral part of my racing operation and he would be proud to know that we qualified a horse to the Ed Burke.”

Arrossa is excited to see how Fire Fast Corona matches up with the field in the Ed Burke. “He’s the only maiden in the race, but this is my first million dollar race so I guess we’re both maidens,” Arrossa added. “His owners asked me to find a colt at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale. We loved his confirmation, loved his breeding, and they went ahead of bought him. They’re ideal owners and they love the sports and their horses.”

Sired by Walk Thru Fire and out of the Corona Cartel mare Coronas Fast Honey, the gelding Fire Fast Corona came flying at the end of his Ed Burke trial. Seventh at the start of the race, he moved up to fifth a few steps into the race before making up a ton of ground in the final 100 yards to finish second to Chazaq. Fire Fast Corona was purchased for $52,000 at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale last year. Out of the young broodmare Coronas Fast Honey, Fire Fast Corona is from the great family of First Carolina, First Prize Robin, and First Prize Leesa. Fire Fast Corona's third dam is First Prize Dash, a sister of the legendary First Down Dash.

“We’re going to face the best Quarter Horse and run against the best horseman in the world,” Arrossa aded. “It won’t be easy, but that’s where we want to be.”

Racing for Balgo Racing Team, Inc’s King Candy was repurchased for $9,000 at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale and like Fire Fast Corona, he also finished second in his trial. King Candy finished right behind second fastest qualifier Lotta Blues Man. Rodolfo Arvizu will ride King Candy for trainer Guillermo Morales.

“King Candy ran a nice race against a really nice horse in Lotta Blues Man,” Morales said. “Chazaq was huge, but after him it was pretty even in the trials. King Candy is still learning. In his trial, he got out there all by himself and he just looked around for a moment. He ran a little green, but he has a lot of talent. My main goal has been keeping him happy and sound.”

Morales hopes to racing from an inside post proves to be a good omen for King Candy.

“I was fortunate to win the Los Alamitos Super Derby with Matabari from post number one. That’s my biggest win ever. Now we’re in post two with King Candy and hopefully we can do well from that spot. We’re in the final and that’s all I care about.”

Morales is also excited to be teaming up with Arvizu for this race.

“We’ve only known each other for about a year, but it feels like we’ve known each other for 10. We get along great and have a great working relationship. Rudy first rode for me at Turf Paradise. He was on two of my horses and he won both races. He’s been riding my horses ever since.”

Fawna Knight’s Worth Doing is unbeaten in two starts and his maiden win ranks as one of the most impressive victories by a 2-year-old this season. With Tony Guymon aboard for trainer Mark Skeen, Worth Doing broke his maiden by a jaw dropping 2 3/4 lengths. He came back to win his trial, which was the 13th and final race of the night, by a half-length in the 10th fastest qualifying time. From the outstanding family of champion and All American Futurity winner Heartswideopen and champion Special Phoebe and the great Dashing Phoebe, Worth Doing was purchased for $50,000 at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

Bred by owners Quarter K Inc, Heza Famous Dasher was repurchased for $70,000 at Los Alamitos Equine Sale. The gelding is not only a half-brother to Grade 2 stakes winner Ima Chickie Two, he’s also from the family of champion Tiny First Effort and Grade 1 winner Terrific Energy, Dash of Perry, Terrific Synergy and more. The connections of owner Don and Kathy Meneely, trainer Jose Flores, and jockey Cruz Mendez were part of the winning team of the 2014 Ed Burke Million Futurity with reigning AQHA world champion Heza Dasha Fire.

"(Heza Famous Dasher has been green," said Don Meneely. "He worked :13.1 and went straight to the rail and then worked :12.1 so we knew he had a little talent. He's not used to a lot of things. They're young horses.”

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