LARC NEWS Posted: 11/26/2018 4:48:35 AM


              Rosenthal Ranch’s Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Powerful Favorite (left) is one of only two horses – along with Apollitical Pence - to qualify to all three of the million dollar futurities at Los Alamitos in 2018. The gelding by Favorite Cartel, who also qualified to the Ed Burke Million Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity, won the fourth trial of the night by two lengths and in a time of :19.657.   

“We made a big change on Powerful Favorite,” O’Dell said. “We put the flipping halter on him and that seemed like it really helped him tonight. We’re tickled to death for the Rosenthal."

Bred by Dr. Steve Burns and James Markum, Powerful Favorite is out of the great Remember Me Rose, a stakes winner on the racetrack and now one of the nation’s top mares. In 2017, Remember Me Rose had three different foals that qualify to million dollar futurities at Los Alamitos. She was represented by Remember To Dash in last year’s Ed Burke Million and Golden State Million, by The Revenant in the Golden State Million, and by Remember The Rose in the Los Alamitos Two Million. And now with Powerful Favorite qualifying to all three of these year’s rich California futurities, Remember Me Rose has had at least one foal make the field to the last six futurities worth one million dollars of more at Los Alamitos.

Scott Bryant’s Flash And Roll finished the night with the fifth fastest time, but the filly by First Moonflash is a perfect three for three since arriving at Los Alamitos and all five of her career victories have been in wire-to-wire fashion. On Sunday night, Flash And Roll was moving so fast that she literally blew the cover right off of jockey G.R. Carter’s helmet.

“If she comes back and wins the final, this cover will be worth something in a charity auction,” said Carter laughing after the race. “She’s been super impressive in all three of her races out here. She’s left the gate just beautiful and has run to the other end. I couldn’t ask to do anything more than what she’s done. She’s the main reason that I’ve stayed active this fall.”

Carter, a 10-time AQHA champion jockey, is riding sparingly for the duration of 2018 and may not ride much if all in 2019. Flash And Roll may change that if she continues her current form.

 “It’ll be tough watching her run without me on her,” said Carter about 2019. “There’s always next year and I guess I could always ride a few.”

 Especially if they’re like Flash And Roll, who won the Golden State Million by a ½ length on November 4.

Owner Matthew Dunn qualified two horses to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity in the the gelding Apollitical Pence and the filly Seaduction. Ridden by Saul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Monty Arrossa, Apollitical Pence won the opening trial by a half-length over a field that also included sixth fastest qualifier Deceiver and Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity winner Wave Her Down.

“He ran a great race,” Arrossa said of Apollitical Pence. “I was a little worried tonight, but he looked good. He came out of the Golden State Million final great and trained up good to the race. Blane and Trey Wood shipped the horse in from Oklahoma. They did a great job breaking the horse and having him in ready. It made my job easy. All we had to do was keep him happy and keep him fit. He’s been easy to train. They deserve a lot of credit. They did a great job starting the horse. This is the third trial to a million dollar futurity he’s been in, and he’s drawn (an early) trial in all three of them. Then we have to wait for the rest of the night to see if he makes it and that’s the tough part.”

The wait was worth it for Arrossa and the rest of the connections after the son of Apollitical Jess finished with the third fastest time of :19.702. Bred by Dunn Ranch and Womack Cavender Farms, Apollitical Pence is out of the Tres Seis mare Send City.

Seaduction, Dunn’s other qualifier, is also out of Tres Seis mare in Tres Sea. Bred in Maryland by Lucas Racing, Inc., Seaduction is by Foose as well. The lightly-raced bay filly likes California. Ridden by Jose Nicasio for Arrossa, Seaduction has won  three out of four career starts – all of them at the Orange County  track. She won her Golden State Million trial by a length and then returned to post a neck victory in the $30,000 Golden State Juvenile. The mare Tres Sea is out of the AQHA champion broodmare Runaway Wave and a half-sister to Wave Her Down and champions Wave Carver and Ocean Runaway. On the track, Tres Sea ran in four stakes races, but her best finish in those was a fourth in the 2016 Prairie Meadows Derby Challenge. She’ll now be a part of the Los Alamitos Two Million thanks to her daughter, Seaduction.

 Ed Allred, the winning owner of this race in 1998 and 2014, will be represented by two horses in this year’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity thanks to the fourth fastest qualifier Transcend and the previously mentioned filly Deceiver. The Walk Thru Fire gelding Transcend won his trial by a neck over eighth fastest qualifier Mister Appolitical, who is owned by Legacy Ranch.  

Trained by Scott Willoughby and ridden by Vinnie Bednar, Transcend was picking up his second win in seven starts. He came into this trial after running third to Ali Babe Foose in their Golden State Million trial last month.

“It’s taken him a little while to get it all together,” Willoughby said. “We knew he was going to need 400 yards. Unfortunately he did not qualify to the last futurity, but he ran a very solid race. He came back in this one and broke a little slow but he finished extremely strong. I was very happy with him. If he gets away from the gate, he’s going to be pretty tough. I was concerned and thought he was going to run third halfway down the racetrack. He really laid down and started running. He showed me a lot more than even I thought he was. Vinnie did a great job on the horse just letting him get his feet under him and get gathered up and start running before he got after him.”

Transcend is out of the Separatist mare In Another World, whose dam is the unbeaten Thoroughbred Celestial Being out of In Excess. Celestial Being won at the six furlongs distance at both Del Mar and Oak Tree at Santa Anita for Allred and trainer Art Sherman before being retired after only two starts in 2006.

Ridden by Eulices Gomez for trainer James Glenn, Jr., Deceiver is a three-time winner in seven starts at Los Alamitos this season. The Foose filly broke alertly from post number eight and ran gamely against the impressive Apollitical Pence. In her only previous trial race, the Allred-bred finisher third to Tac Me Up in a trial to the Governor’s Cup Futurity. Her mother is Fool The Boys, who finished in the top three in six of her seven career starts at Los Alamitos. Fool The Boys is the dam of  2015 California Breeders Freshman Stakes for Fillies winner Misleader.

Howard Nichols’ Dexxter won trial number nine ¾ lengths in the seventh fastest clocking of the night. Bred by McColee Land & Livestock LLC, the Utah-bred gelding was fourth in the Ed Burke Million earlier this year with Jose Nicasio up for trainer Gomez. The jockey and trainer combined once again on Sunday night to help the son of Corona Cartel qualify to the meet’s richest race. Nichols will be going after his second win in the Los Alamitos Two Million. He was part of the ownership group that campaigned 2011 winner I Like The Odds.

Legacy Ranch’s Mister Appolitical, who finished sixth in the Ed Burke Million earlier this year, posted the eighth fastest time on Sunday. The son of Apollitical Jess is a three-time winner in 2018 and the Ed Burke is the only time he’s been out of the money in his six starts. Terry Knight will saddle the gelding out of the Corona Cartel broodmare Lr Miss Atina.

La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC’s Lethal Lil, who has made the finals to the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and West Texas Futurity, made her third futurity final after posting a length victory in the seventh trial. With Eduardo Nicasio up for Chris O’Dell, Lethal Lil has won both of her starts at Los Alamitos. She was a ½ length winner in her Golden State Million trial.

“The second time out helped Lethal Lil,” O’Dell said. “She won out the one hole by daylight. Nicasio said she was looking at the rail. She ran a nice race and she’s two for two at Los Al.”


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