S-Quarter K LLC’s Heza Dasha Fire had another stellar performance, this time while posting the fastest time during a full night of trials to the $1,031,100 Golden State Million Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos.
Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Lindolfo Diaz, Heza Dasha Fire covered the 400 yards in :19.496 while posting a ¾ length victory in the seventh of 10 trials. Heza Dasha Fire will lead the field to the Golden State Million final to be held on Sunday, November 2. Bred in Washington by Don, Kathy and Shawn Meneely, the gelded son of Walk Thru Fire also improved his record to a perfect four wins in as many starts. This was his first outing since his highly impressive 1 ¼ length victory in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity back on June 22. Heza Dasha Fire’s other two outings have resulted in wins by large margins as well. He broke his maiden by 2 ¾ lengths and won his Ed Burke Million trial by 1 ¼ lengths.
“We are extremely pleased with this race,” Don Meneely said. “We were just hoping to qualify because we didn’t know how he would do after a long layoff. The bottom line is that this horse is pretty talented. He was very impressive and we hope he stays this way. This horse is as sound now as he was before his very first race.”
By qualifying to the Golden State Million, Heza Dasha Fire remains eligible to win the $1,000,000 Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza. The sorrel gelding will win the rich bonus if he goes on to win the Golden State Million final and then the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity in addition to his aforementioned win in the Ed Burke Million. Heza Dasha Fire had to remain focused on the task at hand prior to the start of the race. That’s because one of his rivals in this trial, Flying Porsche Girl, broke through the gate while the horses were awaiting the start. After she was scratched, the horses were reloaded in the gate and at the start Heza Dasha Fire broke okay.
“He didn’t break awesome,” Meneely added. “But he was quick into stride and a few moments later he looked like the horse we’d seen in June. We were a little worried because he was facing some nice horses that were very fit because they had been racing. Heza Dasha Fire kept his focus when the horse broke through the gate. That made us nervous because you don’t know what the horse is thinking when they have to go out of the gate and go back in.”
Heza Dasha Fire kept his mind on running with a powerful performance.
“We put a patch on the inside of his left leg because we realized that he hit himself there during the running of the Ed Burke Million,” the owner added. “His shoes were also done differently. We had to take care of that because if they keep hitting themselves during the running of a race it might make them stop running. Hopefully it helped him.”
The complete list of a qualifiers to the Golden State Million Futurity is as follows: Heza Dasha Fire (:19.496), Corona The Cat (:19.563), Apollitical Blood (:19.582), Luv Supreme (:19.63), Streakin Regard (:19.654), Oneapolliticalflight (:19.696), Runaway Fire (:19.796), Chicanery (:19.871), Princess Pily (:19.894), and Straw Dawg (:19.897).