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127 Juveniles To Race In Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity Trials on Sunday
Golden State Million Futurity(G1) winner Trane Statation V will head 127 set tio compete in a marathon night of trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity at Los AlamitosSunday night.

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127 Juveniles To Race In Grade 1 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity Trials on Sunday

LOS ALAMITOS, CA–NOVEMBER 17, 2023–Led by Grade 1 futurity winner Trane Station V and Political Rivalry, a total of 127 juveniles representing 91 different ownerships and 24 different trainers will compete in a marathon night of trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity here on Sunday night.

The 14 trials that will be contested on Sunday night represents the highest number of trials for a futurity here since the Los Alamitos Two Million trials in 2021 when 14 trials were also contested. First post is 5:15 p.m.

The all-Quarter Horse racing card will feature three Pick Four wagering opportunities. The early Pick Four will consist of races one through four, the middle Pick Four will begin in race six and continue through race nine, while the late Pick Four will kick off in race 11 through race 14. The juveniles with the 10 fastest times will advance to the $1,758,675, Grade 1 final on Sunday, December 10.

Valeriano Racing Stables’ Trane Station V tops the marquee when the Burns Ranch-bred runner is in action in race number six. The colt by Favorite Cartel out of the stakes winning mare Attack The Cartel won the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity here by 1 ¾ lengths on October 29, as he put together a dazzling display in the second half of the 400-yard race.

To be ridden by champion jockey Francisco Calderon and trained by Heath Taylor, Trane Station V will start from post number eight while looking to continue to build on his outstanding freshman resume. Prior to winning the Golden State Million, Trane Station V ran second in the Grade 1 All American Futurity and also finished second in the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity. For the year, he has won four of seven starts while earning $1,012,209.

Taylor will also saddle Keith Nellesen’s Political Rivalry, who is a two-time graded futurity winner at this meet. The gelding by KVN Corona won the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity in June and won the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity in his last start on October 1. The McColee Land & Livestock LLC-bred runner is unbeaten in six career starts. Jose Nicasio will ride him from post number four in race three.

The deepest trial is race four, as it will feature five winners on the night of the Golden State Million trials. The group includes Reliance Ranches LLC’s Unrelentless, who finished second to Trane Station V in the Golden State Million final, and Johnny Trotter’s Famous Cartel Jessy, who finished fourth in the Golden State Million final. The other trial winners are Levings Racing LLC’s Favorite City, who was sixth in the final, plus Favorite Nova and Fearless Prince.

Other standouts in the trials include Dunn Ranch’s ABSeis Corazones, who was fourth in the Heritage Place Futurity, as he’ll take on Ed Burke Million finalists Kevins Wise Corona and Change Happens in the opening trial of the night.

The second trial will have Bill Price’s BPCartel Policy, who was fifth in the Heritage Place, taking on two-time graded futurity finalist Think Again Kev, owned by Nellesen, and the Eddie Willis-trainee The High Road, who won his Golden State Million trial. 

West Texas Racing Partners’ Goodtyme, a $460,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Sale last year, will take on Trane Station V in race six. Goodtyme raced in the Golden State Million with Eduardo Nicasio up for trainer Chris O’Dell.

Race seven will include Rancho El Cabresto’s HRH Royal Cartel, who saw action in the Ed Burke, and Dunn Ranch’s Southern Divine, who was second in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. The ninth will be headed by Rainbow finalist Asscher, owned by Jimmy Barton and Lance Bland, and also Ruidoso finalist Kiss My Wine, owned by Bobby Cox. Two-time futurity finalist Optical Illusion is also in this race.

Jaime Bryant, Melanie Brooks, and Linda Joiner’s AB Wow, who was third in the Golden State Million, will head race 10, while Bradbury Racing’s PCQHRA Breeders finalist Talk Bout Somethin is among the top names in trial 11.

Jorge Carmona’s Wild West Futurity winner Five Bar Supreme and two-time Grade 1 finalist Hot Prodigy, who is owned by Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches, are the top names in trial 12. Dutch Masters III’s Racy Sweet Corona, the runner-up in the Robert Adair Kindergarten, is also in this trial.

Wrapping up the night in the 14th and final, Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Wilde Thing, who was second in the Governor’s Cup Futurity, will take on Scott Bryant’s Sonny Corona, who was a two-length winner in his All American Futurity trial.

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