LARC NEWS Posted: 6/16/2020 4:39:27 PM

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            Balgo Racing Team’s La Jaconde will look to add her name to an exclusive list of Quarter Horses to have won both the (GII) Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity and the (GI) Ed Burke Million Futurity when she heads the field in Sunday’s $1,170,000 Ed Burke final.                                                                                    

            Since 1955, only 11 juveniles have been able to sweep these two historic races and only two have done in the last 10 years. EGHigh Desert Farms Walk Thru Crystal is the last one to accomplish the feat, winning both futurities in 2015 in route to being name the AQHA champion 2-year-old filly. Separate Fire also won both races in 2011 and she would also be named the AQHAchampion 2-year-old filly. The others to have done it are Carters Cartel (2007), Hawkish (2003), Morning Snow (2002), First Sovereign (1998), Ah Sigh (1994), Mega Dash (1992), Corona Chick (1991), Town Policy (1977) and Bobbys Angel (1975).                                                                                                                            

           

            In the trials, La Jaconde led from gate to wire while scoring a 1 ¾ length win in the ninth Ed Burke Million heat. The Favorite Cartel filly was picking up her third win in four career starts, while covering the distance in the fifth fastest time of the night of :17.641.                                                                         

            “She had a good race,” trainer Jaime Gomez said. “Nobody was around her and Oscar didn’t have to push her. He said he let her go easy. We have tough competition in the Ed Burke final. That is when it matters. When the finalists get together, we’ll see who comes out on top.”                                                                                                                                                                                                        

         Gomez also saddled the sixth fastest qualifier, Thats R Best Card, a gelding by Docs Best Card who has now won both of his career starts. Thats R Best Card won the opening trial by a ¾ lengths in a time of :17.645.                         

           

            “This horse reminds me of his sire, Docs Best Card,” said Gomez, who owns Docs Best Card. “He’s talented and gives you his all. He leaned back when they opened the gate, but he came flying at the end.”                           

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