LARC NEWS Posted: 4/30/2018 4:27:31 PM


             The broodmare Remember Me Rose had a great 2017 season, as she had three foals that qualified to Grade 1 million dollar futurities last year in the form of Remember To Dash, The Revenant, and Remember The Rose. EG High Desert Farms’ Remember To Dash was the first of her sons to shine, as the First Down Dash filly qualified to the Grade 1 $1,000,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity after finishing second in her Ed Burke trial on June 4. Remember To Dash would later qualify to another Grade 1 futurity when making the top 10 to the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity.


Remember Me Rose’s son, The Revenant by Favorite Cartel, also made the Golden State Million field last year, while also qualifying to the Restricted Grade 2 Governor’s Cup Futurity and the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Derby. Owned by Ron Hartley and trained by John Cooper, The Revenant has continued his top form in 2018, as he qualified to the Grade 3 El Primero Del Ano Derby earlier this year. Steve Burns and James Markum’s Remember The Rose was the third to qualify to a rich futurity, with the Walk Thru Fire filly making the field to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.


The 14-year-old mare Remember Me Rose is off to another nice start with her 2-year-olds in 2018 after John Bird and Melany and Ron Shalz’s Monster Hand (photo) won the sixth race on Friday and Rosenthal Ranch’s Powerful Favorite won the seventh race on Sunday.  


Ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala, the sorrel Walk Thru Fire colt won his debut by 1 ¼ lengths while covering the 300 yards in :15.681. Bred by Markum and Burns, Monster Hand led comfortably from start to finish, while showing the type of form he displayed when working handily from the gate in :12.20 on April 3 – the second fastest of 36 morning works.


“He looks like a horse that wants to go farther, which is great,” trainer Paul Jones said. “That’s what you want. He has a good stride and runs really strong in the end. He had a good experience, won easy, and we’re pretty proud of him. He’s well-bred by Walk Thru Fire and out of Remember Me Rose. She’s produced a lot of nice babies and was a nice runner as well. I have a lot of high hopes for Monster Hand. He’s in the Ed Burke Million Futurity trials in June. This was a nice race to get him ready for the Ed Burke trials. Hopefully he’ll do well in the Ed Burke Million trials.”


Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Chris O’Dell, Powerful Favorite won the 300 yard dash by a length in a time of :15.573. The victory was a sentimental one for the connections, as Connie Rosenthal was on hand to watch her horse’s win, the ranch’s first win since the passing of her husband, Bob Rosenthal, earlier this year.


 “We miss Bob and that’s the first one we’ve won back,” O’Dell said.  “That one was for Bob. We bought Powerful Favorite at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale last year (for $90,000). In fact, Connie raised her hand (at the auction) on this one and she bought him. That makes it special for us. We have high hopes for him, like we do with a lot of our horses, but he shows us tonight he has some talent.”


Bred by James Markum and Steve Burns, Powerful Favorite is a gelding by Favorite Cartel. He’s eligible to compete in the Ed Burke Million trials next month.




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