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15 trials, 130 horses set for Super Night of Quarter Horse racing

June 9, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Gomez & Jones to saddle 26 each in trials to $1.1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity

Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - Who’ll be the next Higher Fire? Last year, the super filly won the Ed Burke Million Futurity, Golden State Million Futurity and ran second in the Los Alamitos Million Futurity en route to AQHA champion honors. This year’s trials, held Saturday, June 10, to the Grade 1 $1.1 million estimated Ed Burke Million Futurity features 130 contenders, all hoping for a freshman year similar to that of Higher Fire.

First post time for the 15 Ed Burke Million trials is 6:00 p.m. with the guaranteed $75,000 pool in the early Pick Four getting underway in the fourth race.

Classy horses abound in this year’s trials, as the 15 trials feature prominent breeding lines and outstanding horses throughout. The first trial is a perfect example of the competitive nature of these trials, as impressive winners First Down Morn, Corona Couture and FDD Dynasty will face off. Owned by Ed Allred and Ron Shalz and trained by John Bassett, First Down Morn cruised to victory in his debut, as he always lead on the way to a 1 ¼ length victory in a time of :15.42.

Double Bar S Ranch’s Corona Couture was just as impressive in her only start, as she scored a 1 ¾ length victory on April 15. The only concern regarding the daughter of Corona Cartel is that was scratched out of the Kindergarten Futurity trials on May 6 after getting sick. Guthrie, Smith and Vessels Stallion Farm’s FDD Dynasty won his first race by a length and he is a son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash out of local Grade 1 stakes winner Dinastia Toll Brz.

The second trial will be just as competitive as Benny Rosset and Vessels Stallion Farms’ No Secrets Here, who trainer Paul Jones described as “perhaps his most talented 2-year-old this season” will take on Lucky Seven Ranch’s Blues Girl Too. Conditioned by Joe Bassett, Blues Girl Too posted the meet’s fastest time for a 2-year-old when winning her debut by 2 ½ lengths in a time of :15.26 on May 19. The Texas-bred is a Corona Cartel filly.

Jones, who won a track record eight races in last year’s trials, and Jaime Gomez, who conditions Higher Fire, will each be represented by 26 horses this time around. Gomez, in particular, is excited about his Ed Burke cavalry.

“This is perhaps the best group of 2-year-olds that I’ve ever had,” said Gomez. “We have a lot of nice babies for a lot of different people.”

Gomez’s clients include Dutch Masters III, Imperial Crown, Mike Abraham and Pierre Amestoy, Double Bar S Ranch and Gomez III. For Dutch Masters III, Gomez will have 10 horses in the trials including Check This Runner, second in the Kindergarten Futurity in his last start, the undefeated Check This Beduino, Kindergarten trial winner Checknbac and impressive recent winners Holland Opener and Always Jumpn. He’ll also send out Gomez III’s highly-touted Golden Cartel in the 12th
trial, who’ll face Check This Runner, and Imperial Crown’s Tell Em Again, a full brother of 2005 All American Futurity winner Teller Cartel.

“I think a lot of my horses will like the 350 yard distance,” the trainer added.

Jones has an impressive lot of his own, as his top contenders include the aforementioned No Secrets, Geiler and Kessinger’s Way Down Town, a half-brother of 2002 Co-World Champion Whosleavingwho, daylight winners Most Unusual, Major Passion and Eyesa A Diamond, Kindergarten Futurity finalist Corona Deluxe and the improving Strawberry Cartel.

Trainer John Bassett and his son Joe Bassett will be represented by a sensational group of horses in the trials. In addition to the precocious First Down Morn, John Bassett trains Harems Legacy, the $330,000 sale topper at last year’s Los Alamitos Equine Sale, and First Bye, the $420,000 second high seller at the Ruidoso Select Sale.

Harems Legacy, who is a full brother of champions First Sovereign and Royal Quick Dash and Los Alamitos Million winner A Regal Choice, will compete in the seventh trial for a partnership headed by Ed Allred. Burns and Kessinger’s First Bye will see action in the 14th trial and will take on Jumpnback – one of three Check Him Out babies out of Imjumpn racing in the trials.

Imjumpn is the most popular mare in the Ed Burke trials, as she is the mother of three Ed Burke contenders. In addition to Jumpnback, she is also the mother of Always Jumpn and Jumpnout, who by luck of the draw will be taking on each other in the ninth trial. Coincidentally, Imjumpn’s mother – champion Jumping Tac Flash – has a colt that’ll also run in the ninth heat. His name is Tac Off

Veteran jockey Randy Edison, who has ridden everywhere from Delta Downs to Sam Houston Race Park to Manor Downs to Ruidoso Downs, could play a prominent role in Saturday’s trials. Edison will pilot 11 horses in the trials including Golden Cartel, Fast Is Beautiful, Tres Fillies and Not A Full Moon. Edison piloted Have A Coronary in the 2004 All American Futurity for trainer John Bassett.