LARC NEWS Posted: 6/21/2019 6:29:32 PM

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            Bobby Simmons’ Mental Error (photo) and Reliance Ranches LLC’s Dreams Divine, the second and third place finishers in the Grade 2 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity, will headline the running of the Grade 1, $1,070,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday night at Los Alamitos following their respective impressive trial victories back on June 9.

Mental Error is trained by Paul Jones, who last year became the first trainer to win back-to-back runnings of the Ed Burke. Jones saddled Wave Her Down to victory in 2018 after winning the Ed Burke with champion KVN Corona in 2017. A gray colt by Favorite Cartel, Mental Error showed his mettle on Kindergarten trials night, pulling away late to win his 300-yard Kindergarten heat by a length. He then ran a strong second to the unbeaten Chayito Cartel in the Kindergarten final before showing great late acceleration once again to win his 350-yard Ed Burke trial by ¾ lengths. Jones could very well break his own record on Sunday night as he goes after his third win in a row in this race.  

“He’s a gray horse and we’ve won the last two Ed Burkes with gray horses,” said Jones with a smile.  “KVN Corona was gray and so was Wave Her Down. Mental Error’s mother is IBA Quick Chick by the gray stallion Chicks Beduino and I think we have a chance. He was right next to Dreams Divine in the Kindergarten (he started from post two and her from post three) and beat her and now he’s right next to her once again.”

Bred by Steve Burns, Mental Error will start from post seven, while fastest qualifier Dreams Divine will leave the starting gate from post number eight.

“He started from post number one in the Ed Burke trials and that’s was a tough spot for him,” Jones added. “He still ran a great race from there and I think he should do well in the final.”

Mental Error’s sire, Favorite Cartel, has had a big start to the year. He is the sire of Kindergarten winner Chayito Cartel and also of Ruidoso Futurity winner Fernweh. He’s currently the nation’s leading sire of 2-year-olds.

While Jones has already won four Ed Burkes in his great career, the outstanding trainer Mike Robbins is eyeing his first victory in the Ed Burke with top qualifier Dreams Divine. One of the most successful trainers in Los Alamitos history, Robbins saddled the Apollitical Jess filly to a ¾ length win in the Ed Burke trials in a time of :17.56. She was one of five horses to qualify from that trial race.

“She’s such as good filly,” Robbins said. “She’s really sound and just gives you 110 percent every time. She didn’t get away as well as she usually does but made up for it at the end. I was really surprised how fast she ran.”

Purchase for $112,000 at the 2018 Ruidoso Yearling Sale, the filly ran a solid third in the Kindergarten final. Ruben Castro will be aboard the Kelly, Yother, and Yearsley-bred runner.

            J. Francisco Diaz and Jose Flores’ Flokie delivered the biggest surprise on trial night when she posted the second fastest time of :17.62 while winning at odds of 19-1. The gelding by Favorite Cartel and out of the Check Him Out mare Lady Nayen, Flokie will be ridden by Jairo Rangel from post five. The Lazy Creek Ranch bred the brown gelding.

            “He’s still a little erratic, but hopefully he can put it all together for the final,” said trainer Jose Flores. “He’s a monster. He’s a big physical horse. We should be okay.”

            As for co-owner J. Francisco Diaz, he’s coming off a great high after winning his first major futurity ever with Chayito Cartel in the Kindergarten.

            Dr. Burns’ Javelina Cantina is a filly by Foose out of Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity winner Little Talks. Javelina Cantina ran solidly throughout when running second to Dreams Divine in the trials. Trained by Mike Casselman, the sorrel filly finished the night with the third fastest qualifying time. Jonathan Roman will be aboard.       Dr. Burns’ Javelina Cantina is a filly by Foose out of Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity winner Little Talks. Javelina Cantina ran solidly throughout when running second to Dreams Divine in the trials. Trained by Mike Casselman, the sorrel filly finished the night with the third fastest qualifying time. Jonathan Roman will be aboard.      

           Trainer Chris O’Dell qualified four Ed Burke finalist including the horses starting from posts one, two and three. R.D. and Shaun Hubbard’s Determined One has posted two terrific victories in as many starts at Los Alamitos and will now start from post number one in the final. Cody Jensen, who rode Wave Her Down to victory last year, will be aboard Determined One. Carlos Espinoza, Hernando Guerra, and Salvador Pimienta's Spectacular Corona, the daughter of 2011 EdBurke winner Separate Fire, will start from post two for O'Dell, while ParsonsFamily Limited Partnership's Tea Pod, who crushed to the tune of a 1 1/2 length win in her Ed Burke trial, will start from post three.Sired by Seperate Interest and out of Terrific Energy, Tea Pod is a half-sister to Parsons Ranch's Geothermal, who is the fourth of O'Dell's trainees. A 3/4 length winner in the trials, Geothermal is also out of Terrific Energy and by Parsons Rock. Corona Required, a well-bred colt racing for owner/breeders George and Ruben Villalobos and Sergio Hurtado's Ventura Jess JQM will complete the EdBurke field.

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