LARC NEWS Posted: 5/5/2023 5:27:08 PM


        With trials to the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity right around the corner on Sunday, May 28, the top juveniles on the grounds have already been preparing for the big night by making their required start prior to the trials.

This weekend’s slate has seven races for juveniles in the books and that’s after last weekend feature six contests for freshmen runners. The quality of runners on display over the last few racing programs has been tremendous so with that in mind, let’s take a brief look at the recent juvenile winners here at Los Alamitos. Remember, many of these will be back for Ed Burke Million Trials night.


Stanley Cartel – Owned and bred by Weetona Stanley, this colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon comes from the great Stanley breeding line that produced the great First Down Dash. His dam’s granddam is First Prize Rose, the mother of First Down Dash. In his debut, Stanley Cartel scored a half-length victory for trainer Monty Arrossa. With Armando Cervantes up, he covered the distance in :15.715.

Favorite City – Owned by Levings Racing and bred by Dunn Ranch, this Favorite Cartel filly is a half-sister to two-time Champion of Champions winner Apollitical Pence. She was outstanding in her debut, winning from the rail in the fastest 300-yard time by a juvenile this meet of :15.669. Arrossa saddled the filly who was ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala.

Around Town – Owned and bred by Ed Allred and trained by Scott Willoughby, this Favorite Cartel filly is a full sister to Grade 1 winner Circle City and graded stakes winner Nomadic. Her debut came at the 220-yard distance, winning by a half-length in :12.241. Rios Ayala was in the irons.

Xpensive – Here’s another Favorite Cartel winner at 300 yards. His win was the most visually impressive of the night, as he cleared his rivals by two lengths at the wire, while covering the distance in :15.821. Xpensive’s lead was expansive, as he led by daylight about 100 yards into the race. Owned by the partnership of Burns, Moya, Rodriguez, Bogarin and the Winslows, Xpensive’s dam is Eagle On The Fly, a multiple graded stakes placed runner and a full sister to 2015 All American Futurity runner-up One Fabulous Eagle. Jose Flores saddled this runner.    


Thoughts To Remember – A second juvenile winner for owner and breeder Ed Allred this weekend. Also trained by Willoughby and ridden by Rios Ayala, this filly is by Favorite Cartel and out of the stakes winner and nine-time total winner Bemused. Thoughts To Remember won his 350-yard dash by ¾ lengths and in :15.958.

Mask Mandate – Racing for Paul Blanchard, Santos Montemayor and Ricardo Ramirez, Mask Mandate unveiled a great debut, scoring a 1 ½ length win and in a time of :15.82. He is one of five Favorite Cartel juvenile winners last weekend and his dam is the Grade 1 winner Quirky, who won eighth stakes races during her Los Alamitos career.


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