|2 Million Futurity|
THE FIELD TO THE LOS ALAMITOS TWO MILLION FUTURITY
By Ty Wyant of AQHA’s Q Racing
The annual excursion through the open Grade 1 futurity season is about to pull into the final station on the line. The last stop is the $1,977,250 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) on December 13. The 400-yard elite futurity is exceptionally packed with class this year and is a must-watch race. It will be important when it comes to championship voting and the AQHA Racing Poll.
Apollitical Patty, f - Fastest qualifier (:19.646) Apollitical Blood-A Perfect Cocktail by Corona Cocktail: A homebred owned by the Walker Family Trust, Apollitical Patty dashed through the fog in the 10th of 12 trials to win her trial by an astonishing 2 lengths as the 3-10 favorite. She was a dead-heat second in the $51,332 Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge and sixth in the $1,104,650 Golden State Million Futurity (G1). Her breeding indicates she should thrive at longer distances since she is a half-sister to champion and five-time Champion of Champions qualifier Zoomin For Spuds, who races in the Champion of Champions the night before the Two Million.
Monopolist, g - Second-fastest qualifier (:19.696) Favorite Cartel-Nymph by Foose - Ed Allred’s homebred Monopolist started from the outside post position and battled with the leaders throughout the trial before coming up with the victory by a head. The James Glenn Jr.-trained gelding scored a one-half-length win in the $375,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2) and was second in the $25,000 California Breeders Freshman Stakes.
Apollitical Gold, g - Third-fastest qualifier (:19.697) Apollitical Jess-SRC Gold by PYC Paint Your Wagon: Grant R. Cox Revocable Trust’s Apollitical Gold has proven his Grade 1 prowess for trainer Eddie D. Willis. The gelding burst to the lead in his trial and then finished with an overpowering 1 1/4-length advantage. In his start before his trial, Apollitical Gold scored a neck win in the Golden State Million Futurity and finished third in the $3 million All American Futurity (G1) on Labor Day.
Counting The Ways, g - Co-fourth-fastest qualifier (:19.711) Favorite Cartel-Million Ways by Raise A Secret: Owned by Guadalupe Bujanda, Cesar J. Dabdoub, Julio Encinas and trainer Jose Antonio Flores, Counting The Ways has made only five starts. However, he has a Grade 1 resume. He won the $20,000 Pat Hyland Memorial Handicap and finished fifth in the Golden State Million.
Famous Cartel Jess, c - Co-fourth-fastest qualifier (:19.711) Mr Jess Perry-Famous Cartel Lady by Corona Cartel: AQHA Past President Johnny Trotter’s homebred Famous Cartel Jess looks to add a Grade 1 win that would enhance his stallion credentials. He is the same cross as leading sire One Famous Eagle, who is by Mr Jess Perry and out of One Famous Lady. Famous Cartel Jess’ dam Famous Cartel Lady is a daughter of One Famous Lady. The Justin Joiner-trained Famous Cartel Jess ran ninth in the Golden State Million and stepped up to battle in his Two Million trial. He gave Monopolist a strong challenge, however finished second by a competitive head.
Flash Bak, g - Sixth-fastest qualifier (:19.747) Moonin The Eagle-Checknbac by Check Him Out: Dutch Masters III’s Flash Bac raced on the lead in his Two Million trial and scored a one-half-length win for trainer Jaime Gomez. The gelding had a terrible trip in the All American Futurity. He endured a tardy start and then was squeezed back between horses and had to be eased. He finished ninth and was moved up to seventh via disqualification.
Terrific Temper, f - Seventh-fastest qualifier (:19.768) Tempting Dash-Terrific Energy by Mr Jess Perry: The Parsons Family Limited Partnership’s homebred Terrific Temper finished second in the $1,115,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). She then crossed the finish line first in each of her three subsequent starts, with one disqualification in a maiden race. The Chris O’Dell-trained filly showed her grit with a head win over Doc Lamb in their Two Million trial. Her dam is a multiple Grade 1 winner and the dam of Thermonuclear Energy ($419,582), Terrific Synergy ($307,026), Dynasty Energy ($283,564), Geothermal ($179,464) and Terrific First Down ($141,826).
Doc Lamb, g - Eighth-fastest qualifier (:19.790) Tres Seis-Third Painted Sign by PYC Paint Your Wagon: Howard Nichols’ Doc Lamb is the least experienced of the futurity finalists with just two starts. The Jaime Gomez-trained gelding won his maiden at first asking and then impressed when he stepped up in class and was a close second to Terrific Temper. While he is inexperienced, his family is loaded with talent. The son of Tres Seis is a half brother to A Painted Dynasty ($249,982), and his dam is a full sister to Champion of Champions (G1) winner Mr PYC To You ($488,270) and First Painted Sign ($289,911) among others.
Aint She Tempting, f - Ninth-fastest qualifier (:19.826) Tempting Dash-Preslee The First by Corona Cartel: Aint She Tempting was purchased by Juliana Hawn Holt several days after the Two Million trials from Levings Racing LLC and Dunn Ranch. This is the potent female family of her third dam and Broodmare of the Year Fast Prize Dash, a sister to First Down Dash. The John Cooper-trained Aint She Tempting won her trial by one-half length. She won the $383,725 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) in her second start and went on to grab close second-place finishes in the $826,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and the Golden State Million Futurity.
SC Divas Cartel Man, g 10th-fastest qualifier (:19.832) - Corona Cartel-Spit Curl Diva by Spit Curl Jess: Reliance Ranches LLC’s homebred SC Divas Cartel Man grabbed the final spot in the Two Million with a second-place finish behind Flash Bak in their trial. The Mike Robbins-trained SC Divas Cartel Man was sixth in the Ed Burke Futurity and a close second to Counting The Ways in the Pat Hyland.