LARC NEWS Posted: 6/1/2019 11:43:15 PM

         Martha Wells’ homebred Tell Cartel and Cesar Nunez’s Pitbull, a pair of highly promising 2-year-olds that will race in next month’s Governor’s Cup Futurity trials, both found their way into the winner’s circle after strong victories on Saturday night at Los Alamitos Race Course.

         Ridden by Erasmo Gasca, who continues to have a fine meet at Los Alamitos while ranking third in the Quarter Horse standings, Tell Cartel posted a ¾ length victory from post number one at 330 yards. Trained by Matt Fales, the colt by Favorite Cartel is out of Wells’ outstanding broodmare Chicks Tell.

           “I think she’s thrown all winners,” Wells said. “Her older son, Chicks Fayvorite, is coming back into the picture this year. He just won another one. She has a filly also by Favorite Cartel that Matt worked recently. He really likes her. She’s just an outstanding broodmare and I just love her. She’s just getting old like me.”

        Chicks Tell is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Forrest Fire, who earned $335,306 in his 51-race career.

      “He was her first Walk Thru Fire,” Wells said. “That’s when I started going to outstanding stallions with her. It’s exciting. This horse’s next trip will be in the Governor’s Cup trials six weeks away (on Saturday, July 13). He’s in everything after that. He’s smart and he’s still a colt. That makes two I have that are still colts (along with Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby runner-up  Red Hawk Cartel).

       Tell Cartel is a perfect two for two in his career. He broke his maiden with a ¾ length win, also from the rail, on May 11.

Ridden by Ruben Lozano for trainer Valentin Zamudio, Pitbull had a party on the racetrack in the sixth race. Also sired by Favorite Cartel and out of the Grade 1 finalist Separate Tac, the Steve Burns-bred runner led from start to finish on the way to a convincing ¾ length win. His winning time of :15.569 rates favorably when compared to other winning clockings by 2-year-olds in their debut starts this season. For example, Grade 2 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity winner Chayito Cartel won his racing debut in :15.59 earlier this season.

         “He looked good in his first race,” Zamudio said. “He’s worked nicely in preparation for his debut. He gives it his all and hopefully he can keep improving as we look ahead at bigger races. He’s in the Governor’s Cup, the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. He’s also in a couple derbies including the El Primero Del Ano Derby and Los Alamitos Super Derby next year. He showed his talent early on. He’s still a little green, but he’s shown us that he has talent.”

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