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Fastest qualifier Chazaq heads Ed Burke Million final on Sunday night


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

The first of three Los Alamitos futurities with a purse of one million dollars or more will be held on Sunday night, June 19, with the running of the Grade 1, $1.1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity at 350 yards. First post is 5:30 p.m. with the Ed Burke Million scheduled as the ninth race at 8:53 p.m.

As one would expect from a million dollar race, the field is a tremendous one. Headlining the field will be Dutch Masters III's Chazaq after flying in his trial to post the fastest qualifying time of :17.36. Ridden by Alejandro Luna, Chazaq’s time was a quarter-of-a- second faster than second fastest qualifier Lotta Blues Man. His winning margin was a runaway 1¾ lengths.

“Everything is 100% with Chazaq and I couldn’t be happier,”trainer Jaime Gomez said. “He is eating great and is very sound, plus looks great. I love his post position number six. I’m just hoping for a good break and racing luck. We’ll see how things unfold.

“The most important thing is that Chazaq’s owners, Dr. James Streelman and Denny Boer, are both very happy right now,” Gomez added. “They’re enjoying this horse a lot. This has been the happiest I’ve seen Dr. Streelman and that’s the best thing I can think of about this experience. Those two gentlemen are two of my best friends.”

Jaime Gomez will be looking for his fourth victory in the Ed Burke Million. The great trainer has previously won this race with champions Higher Fire and Carters Cartel as well as with the great filly LD Fire. Sired by the great Corona Cartel and out of 2004 Ruidoso Futurity winner All About Ease, Chazaq is a Texas-bred from the stock of two-time AQHA champion owner Bobby Cox, The bay gelding will come in looking for his third win in five career starts. He ran second in the Kindergarten Futurity in his previous stakes outing.

Racing for Lucky Seven Ranch and trained by Mike Casselman, Lotta Blues Man is a half-brother of Tres Friends, the winner of a pair of million dollar races last year. Lotta Blues Man in a perfect two for two in his career after posting the 2nd fastest time of the trials. Champion jockey Cody Jensen will ride Lotta Blues Man. The biggest winner in the Ed Burke Million is Anna MacPherson's Separatist gelding AJS Anna Smoke, as he’s the owner of a field high three wins in as many starts. His third win was an impressive ¾-length victory in the trials. Trained by John Cooper and ridden by Cesar De Alba, AJS Anna Smoke’s two previous wins came by ¾ and 1¼ lengths. Cooper, who won the Kindergarten final with One Proud Eagle, will look for his first ever Ed Burke Million victory with the talented AJS Anna Smoke.

Other top names in the final include Cartel Sixes, a full brother of 2007 Golden State Million Futurity winner Eye For Corona, and Gentry Farms' Heartbeat. The only filly in this race, she's a half-sister to 2005 champion aged stallion Fredricksburg and 2012 champion aged mare Fredaville. Heartbeat is also a half-sister of 2004 Ed Burke Futurity finalist Dasha Freda, which is also the dam of champions Heza Dasha Fire and Ima Fearless Hero. Among the other top contenders in this race, Racy High Roller is from the family of 2011 AQHA champion 3-year-old filly and Los Alamitos Super Derby winner Miss Racy Jess. This is also the family of Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner Volcom, Ed Burke Million finalist Kiddy Up, and stakes winner Miss Racy Eyes. King Candy, Heza Famous Dasher, Fire Fast Corona, and Worth Doing will complete the field.


Note: for the complete Trials report, go to http://www.theracingjournal.com/news/news-2318.html