STARS GALORE IN ACTION IN LOS ALAMITOS TWO MILLION FUTURITY
Rosenthal Ranch’s Bomb Cyclone, who dazzled in his trial victory to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, is the 7-5 morning line favorite when a tremendous group of juveniles lineup to race in California’s richest Quarter Horse race, the $2,036,825 Two Million final here at 400 yards.
To be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Chris O’Dell, Bomb Cyclone (left) will start from post number one, which is the exact same spot as he clobbered the field to the tune of a four-length win in the trials. It was O’Dell who placed Bomb Cyclone on the rail during the special post-position draw to took place on Wednesday at Los Alamitos. O’Dell had the third choice in the post position selection, and he went for the number one post.
“I thought about it, and I just said, ‘Why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t I pick the number post for this horse? I think he’ll be comfortable there. We are very fortunate to have that position.”
Dunn Ranch’s Whizkey Glasses has scored six victories this year, which ties him for the most by a 2-year-old this season. Three of those have been stylish efforts at Los Alamitos, including a 1 1/2 length gliding victory in the $1,112,000 Golden State Million Futurity. He then returned with a romp in the Two Million trials, winning by three lengths in the second fastest qualifying time. Jesus Rios Ayala will team up with Monty Arrossa from post nine with the FDD Dynasty gelding.
The field will also feature a half-brother to 2014 Two Million winner He Looks Hot in Ed Allred’s Watch Out and a half-brother 2015 Two Million winner Ima Fearless Hero in Dasha Good Reason. This quality cast will also include PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner Favorite Honey, who has won three races in a row, and The Quarter Company’s Rocket Seventeen, a colt who looked sharp when breaking his maiden in the Two Million trials. Apollitical J Streak, Dynamic Jess, Chizum and Jess Being A Friend complete the field.
EVENING SNOW ALSO ON TAP
The field to the $17,500 Evening Snow is led by Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Set For It, who enters on a three race win streak that includes a victory in the $20,000 Tolltac Handicap at 350 yards. The gelding by Seperate Interest then scored a 3/4 length win in the trials to the Golden State Million Futurity before dashing to half-length win in the trials to the Two Million on November 21. Set For It missed qualifying to the seven-figure futurities, but he has stamped himself as a top-notch runner for years to come. The Evening Snow will also feature Governor’s Cup Futurity finalist Nevada Charles and Javier Alvarez, Jr’s impressive Two Million trial winner Empty Promises. Also sired by Seperate Interest, the filly faced a 10 mile per hour headwind and just missed qualifying to the final. Pentos and A Pollitical Candy V complete the field.
EVENING SNOW HONORS
The Evening Snow Stakes is named in honor of one of the fastest Quarter Horses of the 1990s and the first ever winner of the Los Alamitos Million Futurity, now known as the Two Million Futurity. Owned by Abigail Kawanakoa, Evening Snow won the first running of the 400-yard futurity with Joe Badilla Jr. up for trainer John Bassett. The next morning’s headline by Larry Bortstein in the Orange County Register about Million read, “It snowed in Cypress, California last night.” Evening Snow certainly dominated the night, as he powered to victory while also becoming the first horse to ever race in two races with million-dollar purses in the same year.