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$1,016,250 on the line in Golden State Million on Sunday night

October 29, 2016     E-mail this page to a friend!

Tarzanito sets the second-fastest qualifying time—400 yards in :19.834—from 12 trials to the Golden State Million Futurity
(photo by Los Alamitos Race Course)
P and J Racing Ltd's Cartel Sixes looks to become the second Golden State Million Futurity winner in his immediate family when he heads the field as the 5-to-2 favorite to this year's Grade 1, $1,016,250 futurity final on Sunday, October 30 at Los Alamitos. The nine-race card also features the $30,000 Golden State Juvenile, which is schedule as the evening's fourth race. First post is 5:00 p.m. local time with the Golden State Million final set as the ninth and final race at 8:44 p.m.

To be ridden by Carlos Huerta for trainer Jaime Gomez, Cartel Sixes was easily the fastest qualifier to the Golden State Million after winning his 400-yard trial in :19.736. His final time topped the list by 1/10th of a second over the second fastest qualifier, A1A Racing LLC's talented runner Tarzanito. Cartel Sixes looks to match the Golden State Million win of his ultra-talented older sister, Eye For Corona, the winner of the 2007 edition of this 400-yard classic. Gomez, meanwhile, can't wait to see his trainee, the Corona Cartel gelding Cartel Sixes in action.

(Note: go to for the complete trials report.)

"He came out of the trials in awesome form," said Gomez, who has won the Golden State Million three previous times. "I also like Cartel Sixes' post position. He drew the rail, post one, and I think it suits him nicely. He is fast breaker. He leaves the gate in a hurry, but he also tends to go inside. I think leaving from the inside rail, he won't have to worry about another horse getting in his way on the inside part of the track. I also co-own and train the horse that's to his right, Thats Imperial for Darling Farms. My two horses are right next to each other. I'm hoping they both have nice trips."

The winner of the Golden State Million will earn $412,545, while the runner-up will earn $166,982.

Gomez has a chance at a 1-2 finish in the Golden State Million thanks to his homebred Thats Imperial, which he owns along with the aforementioned Darling Farms. The Mr Jess Perry gelding has finished first or second in four straight races, including a second place finish to Tarzanito in the trials.

"I'm so fortunate to train these horses for two wonderful racing entities. Pam and Jim Williams own Cartel Sixes and they're so much fun to train for, while Don Darling is a wonderful person as well. I met him two years ago at the Ruidoso Sale and we eventually became partners with some horses. His family loves horses and they have a nice ranch. His children enjoy showing horses so horses are part of their lives. It's great to train for both to these horses."

Bred by Johnny Trotter, Cartel Sixes is also making his second start in a million dollar race this season. He was seventh in the Ed Burke Million earlier this year.

As for the rest of the Golden State Million field, A1A Racing LLc’s Tarzanito won his trial by a half length while posting the second fastest clocking of :19.83.Eddie Garcia, the all-time leading jockey in wins and stakes wins at Los Alamitos, piloted the Favorite Cartel colt for trainer Francisco Vallejo.

“I knew this horse was a runner since April,” Garcia said. “We just had to take our time with this horse and let him develop. He was bumped from both sides in the trials and it’s rare to have a horse that can recuperate so quick after getting hit like that at the start and still finish so strongly. (Tarzanito) has been one of the best young horses that I’ve ever had the pleasure to be around,”

Following a third place finish in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on October 1, Howard Nichols’ Six Zeroes posted an impressive 1 ¼ length trial win in the third fastest qualifying time of :19.86. Cruz Mendez will pilot the Walk Thru Fire filly for trainer Jose Flores. Bred by Ed Allred, Six Zeroes’ granddam is Making Ways, a half-sister to champions Separatist and Waymaker and stakes winner Make It Anywhere.

Owned and bred by Ed Allred, Seared, a gelding by Kiddy Up, qualified to his second futurity of the year following a strong daylight trial win. Seared ran in the Governor’s Cup Futurity, but had a very difficult trip that night. He showed his talent with his length win in the trial.

“I’ve always loved this family,” Allred added. “The granddam is an In Excess Thoroughbred mare (named Celestial Being) that I raced. She won her first two starts, first at Hollywood Park and then at Del Mar. She bowed in her second race. I am so high on this female family and I’ve been saying that for a long time. This is the second colt we’ve had and this guy can run all day.”

Fawna Knight’s Worth Doing and Lucky Seven Ranch’s Lotta Blues Man finished second and third, respectively, in the Ed Burke Million. Sired by Favorite Cartel, Lotta Blues Man won his trial by a neck in what was his first start since late June.

“Lotta Blues Man’s first couple of jumps are not the fastest, but then he gets going and he does run straight,” said Mike Casselman, who won last year’s Golden State Million Futurity with Little Talk.

Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Renewed, a Walk Thru Fire colt on the improve, Balgo Racing Team, Inc’s King Candy, from the family of the great First Down Dash, and Rod MacPherson, Jr’s AJS Anna Smoke, winner of the Governor’s Cup Futurity earlier this year, complete the field.