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Firecracker Futurity offers familiar—with each other—faces


June 30, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

Three trials on June 18 determined the field for the $30K (est.) Firecracker Futurity on Independence Day at Grants Pass Downs, and the top three qualifiers are no strangers . . . to each other, that is.

Chris Philbrook’s I Deliver enters the Firecracker as the fastest qualifier, having covered the 350 yards in :17.663, good for a 103 Speed Index (SI). A neck behind I Deliver in the second heat was Freddy Ibarra’s Warhock, second-fastest at :17.669 and a 102 SI.

Just one race earlier, Hector Torres and Chris Carpenter’s L Bar D Classic Trip set the then-fastest-but-eventual third-fastest trial time, with a :17.931 clocking and a 95 SI.

The trio has done battle before—in the Pot O’ Gold Futurity Consolation at Sun Downs on May 7. The result of that race: L Bar D Classic Trip, at almost 15-to-1, won by a nose over I Deliver, who was a nose in front of Warhock. This race is shaping up to be a doozy!

Behind the top three qualifiers on June 18 were three horses who made the Pot O’ Gold final—Corona B Gone (90 SI), Sweet Dream Demon (89 SI), and Pendleton Promenade (89 SI). They ran 3rd, 5th, and 6th in the Pot O’ Gold, but guess what? Despite their finish positions, their times in the Futurity rivaled the winners’ times in the Consolation on that day, not to mention that, in order to make the Pot O’ Gold Futurity, they were all faster in the POGF trials than I Deliver, Warhock, and L Bar D Classic Trip.

Ah, the mysteries of racing. Who’s hot, and who’s not?

The Firecracker field also includes L Bar D Razle Dazle (89 SI), who made neither the Pot O’ Gold Futurity final nor Consolation, and This Wagons On Fire (87), 5th in the POG Consolation.