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Stakes record 118 to compete in trials to $1,950,050 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Sunday


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

Led by Golden State Million Futurity winner Lotta Blues Man, Ed Burke Million Futurity winner Chazaq, PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Racy High Roller and Governor’s Cup Futurity winner AJS Anna Smoke, a stakes record 118 juveniles will participate in the 400-yard trials to the Grade 1, $1,950,050 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Sunday night, November 20. The horses with the 10 fastest times will move on to the Los Alamitos Two Million final on Sunday, December 11. A total of 14 trials, which equals the stakes record, will be contested on Sunday night with first post set for 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time The evening will also feature three Pick-4 wagers kicking off in the 1st, 5th, and 11th races.

The 118 horses entered in the trials is two more than the previous record of 116 set in the 2011 running of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. The number of entries also represents a 32.6% increase from 2015. The 14 trials matches the number of trials that were also contested in 2011 and 2013.

The quality of the runners on Sunday night is among the best ever in the Los Alamitos Two Million trials. In addition to the aforementioned four futurity winners, the lineup also features 46 other runners with stakes experience including All American Futurity and Ruidoso Futurity finalist One Hot Habit, Ed Burke Million runner-up Worth Doing, Golden State Million Futurity runner-up Tarzanito, Rainbow Juvenile Invitational winner Apollititaka and Golden State Million Futurity fastest qualifier Cartel Sixes.

The opening trial of the night is headed by Pat Hyland Handicap runner-up Apollitical Seven and California Breeders Freshman Stakes runner-up South West Red. Connstantina, which ran second in her Golden State Million trial, could also be a big factor in the opener. Attack The Wind, winner of the Golden State Juvenile Stakes, and the stakes placed duo of Ilikethewayshewalks and Red And Ready also figure to contend.

The first major clash of stars on the night takes place in trial number three as Cartel Sixes, owned by P and J Racing Ltd., and Fawna Knight’s Worth Doing will meet. Cartel Sixes and Worth Doing have both qualified to the Ed Burke and Golden State Million finals.

The fourth trial is wide open, but is led by Mark and Peggy Brown’s John Deere California Juvenile winner Kissed By An Eagle, which ran third in the Grade 2 John Deere Juvenile Challenge final in his last start. Kindergarten Futurity finalist Katella Deli and Golden State Invitational Juvenile participants That Rico and Opulence plus Moonist’s half-brother, Im Leonidas also figure to challenge.

The fifth trial features a great matchup between Golden State Million winner Lottal Blues Man and All American Futurity finalist One Hot Habit. Lucky Seven Ranch’s Lotta Blues Man was the tremendous wire-to-wire winner of the $1,016,000 Golden State Million on October 30. Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Mike Casselman, the Favorite Cartel gelding has won four of five career starts. His only loss was a third place finish to Chazaq in the Ed Burke Million. Trained by Paul Jones for Turner Farms, One Hot Habit has started four times this year. He won trials while making the finals of both the Ruidoso and All American futurities. He finished seventh in the Ruidoso final and ninth in the All American, but having won trials impressively at 350 and 440 yards, One Hot Habit figures to be extremely tough in this Los Alamitos debut. Darling Farms and Jaime Gomez’s Golden State Million finalist Thats Imperial is another top contender to shine in trial number five.

Howard Nichols’ Six Zeroes, a qualifier to the Golden State Million Futurity, takes on PCQHRA and Governor’s Cup Futurity finalist Kiddy Up Cowgirl in trial number seven. The seventh trial features Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Renewed, which also qualified to the Golden State Million. A1A Racing LLC’s Tarzanito leads the way in the eighth trial, as he looks to continue his rise at Los Alamitos. With Eddie Garcia, Los Alamitos’ all-time leading jockey n wins and stakes wins, up for trainer Francisco Vallejo, Tarzanito will go after his fourth win in six starts. He was second to Lotta Blues Man in the Golden State Million final in his previous start. The ninth trial features the Paul Jones-trained Whata Corona, the winner of a Rainbow Futurity trial at Ruidoso Downs and the B&W Stakes on Bank of America Challenge Championship Night. Superstar jockey Ramon Sanchez will ride from post three.

Dr. James Streelman and Denny Boer’s Chazaq goes after his fourth win in a row when he leads a field of eight in trial number 10. The Corona Cartel gelding ran second in the Kindergarten Futurity earlier this year and two races later won the $1,110,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity by a half-length on June 19. He returned in the Golden State Million trials last month and although he won by a neck, his time just missed making the top 10 fastest of the night. Jaime Gomez will saddle Chazaq, who will be ridden by Alejandro Luna.

Chazaq is part of one of the strongest trials on Sunday. The field here also includes Rod MacPherson, Jr.’s AJS Anna Smoke, winner of the Governor’s Cup Futurity on July 30. The Separatist gelding also ran in the Ed Burke Million and Golden State Million finals. Denny and Kris Hill’s Dashin Runner, who ran in both consolations to the Rainbow and All American Futurities, and talented recent maiden winner Apollitical Spirit are also part of this trial.

Governor’s Cup Futurity finalist American Force leads the 11th trial, while PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Racy High Roller headlines the 12th heat. Trained by Chris O’Dell for Abigail Kawananakoa, the gelding by One Famous Eagle worked 350 yards in :18.20 on November 9 in preparation for this race. His rivals include Reliance Ranches LLC’s Im Tellin Ya, who ran in the Rainbow Futurity Consolation and Golden State Juvenile Invitational. Balgo Racing Team, Inc.’s Janes Cartel, a winner of her last two starts, also competes in this trial. She’ll make her first start since mid-June, but she’s posted a couple of nice works in preparation for her return. Steven Burns and Jose Flores’ highly-regarded and lightly raced Funny Car leads trial number 13. The Hawkinson gelding broke his maiden in his last start by 1¼ lengths and now be makes his fourth career start.

The 14th and final trial features talented runners Seared, a Golden State Million finalist for owner and breeder Ed Allred, and Rainbow Consolation winner Apollititaka.