LARC NEWS Posted: 5/26/2013 11:55:43 PM


      Balgo Racing Team, Inc’s Alota Cartel (left) scored her second victory in a row while posting the fastest qualifying time to the $61,600 Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity.


Ridden by Santiago Mendez for trainer Guillermo Morales, Alota Cartel led from start to finish in the first of three trials on the way to covering the 350 yards in :17.956. The trials are contested as claiming events and horses can be claimed for a price of $12,500 each. Trainer Charles Treece claimed the Carters Cartel filly in the first trial for Dan Ray and John Orlandini. Her new owners have race Thoroughbreds in Southern California for many years and the opportunity to be an immediate part of a $61,600 Quarter Horse race grabbed their attention.


“A few months ago Dan called me to talk about the Claiming Futurity,” Treece said. “We talked about it for a while and we decided to give it a look. Dan has never had a Quarter Horse before. We had a horse picked out for every race that we were going to try to claim. We stopped after the first trial because we got lucky with Alota Cartel.”


Bred by Balgo Racing Team, Inc., Alota Cartel entered the trials after a solid 1 ¼ length win against $16,000 maiden claimers on May 12. She was third against similar foes when making her career debut on April 27. In the trials, Alota Cartel crossed the wire 1 ½ lengths ahead of Top Fuel Cha Cha, who also advanced to the final as the eighth fastest qualifier.


“She’s a mellow filly and very easy to train,” Morales said. “She’s sound, smart and I hope she does well in the final.”


Lisa Anderson’s Chick On Wings and EG High Desert Farms’ Mozilla won the other two trials. Chicks On Wings, a filly by Onthewingsofglory, will race again for Anderson in the final, but second fastest qualifier Mozilla was claimed by trainer Jimmy Glenn Jr. for owner Steve Mickaelian. The Hawkinson gelding covered the distance in :18.044.


“Mozilla is out of Shawnee Slade, who was a nice runner that made good money,” said breeder Enrique Gonzalez of EG High Desert Farms. “I like Mozilla and I was hoping that he wouldn’t get claimed, but that’s the way it goes.”  


In addition to Alota Cartel and Mozilla, two other Claiming Futurity qualifiers were claimed. Third fastest qualifier She Pays Dividends, who finished second against Mozilla, went to Vince Smith for owner Gerald Kaul, while seventh fastest qualifier Think About It was claimed by trainer Jose De La Torre for owner Gustavo De La Torre.


The complete order of qualifiers is as follows: Alota Cartel (:17.956), Mozilla (:18.044), She Pays Dividends (:18.136), Chicks On Wings (:18.166), Rp Jets Azoomen (:18.174), Candelaria Sport (:18.176), Think About It (:18.203), Top Fuel Cha Cha (:18.227), George The Curious (:18.230) and Separate Gift Jh3 (:18.292).








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