All American Derby Qualifier: Five Bar Cartel

Chestnut colt, Corona Cartel-Five Bar Molly by Dash Ta Fame

Race Record: 8-5-1-0 $655,358
Breeder: Esmeralda Flores
Owner: San Gregorio Racing Stable Inc.
Trainer: James J. Gonzalez II
Qualifying jockey: Saul Ramirez
Qualifying time: :21.395

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Race record: Five Bar Cartel was last year’s champion 2-year-old colt, and returned to the races in the All American Derby trials. The colt last year won five of seven starts, including the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), and earned $654,368. He was also a finalist in the Grade 1 Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities.  

Pedigree: Five Bar Cartel’s sire Corona Cartel is the leading living sire with more than $45.5 million in progeny earnings, including world champion Blues Girl Too and champions Carters Cartel, Teller Cartel, Time For A Cigar and Flying Fig.

Dam Five Bar Molly, a daughter of Dash Ta Fame, was a Grade 1 winner in her racing career with earnings of $187,109. She is also the dam of stakes winner and Grade 1-runner Fly Bar Special (by Strawfly Special, $110,787), Grade 1 finalist Mollys Cartel (by Corona Cartel, $150,163) and Grade 1-placed Freedom Choice (by A Regal Choice, $281,423).  Her name and the name of her champion son are nods to the Barker family of Utah, who bred her in the name of their Five Barkers Inc.
Breeder: Esmeralda Flores of Sun City, California, since 2005 has bred 30 winners from 172 starts and the earners of more than $1.3 million. In addition to champion Five Bar Cartel, she also bred stakes winner Fly Bar Special. She also owned Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) winner A Regal Choice.

Owner: Five Bar Cartel was offered in the 2012 Los Alamitos Equine Sale as a yearling, but was repurchased at $100,000. Jorge Carmona’s San Gregorio Racing Stables Inc. of Mira Loma, California, acquired the horse in February of 2013. The stable in its own name has raced horses since 2010, with 50 wins from 386 starts and more than $1.2 million in earnings. San Gregorio is a co-owner of 2012 world champion One Dashing Eagle, who won the 2012 All American Futurity (G1) during his championship season.  
Trainer: James J. Gonzalez II knows fast horses – in 2003 he guided By By JJ to win the All American Futurity (G1). He retired from the saddle and since 2009 has trained the winners of 120 of 886 starts, with earnings of more than $2.7 million. His stakes winners include 2012 Ruidoso Derby (G1) winner Executive Brass and 2009 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) winner Streakin Cherry. He also trained stakes winners Salt On The Side, Chicks Gotta Secret, A First Caller and Love Me Caliente.

Jockey: Veteran rider Saul Ramirez has since 1983 guided home the winners of 1,389 of 9,659 races. His mounts have brought home more than $22.2 million to their connections. Among his top rides were victories aboard Blues Girl Too and One Famous Eagle in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), and a win in the 2007 Champion of Champions with Blues Girl Too. Ramirez was aboard Five Bar Cartel when the colt won the Ed Burke last year. He has also ridden Grade 1 winners Igotyourtac, Planet Holland, A Touch Of Victory, Sixes Liaison, GJR Snowman, Cayenne Smash, Fancys First Affair, Vital Time, Prankster CF, First Down Runner, Far Niente, Eyesaflash, Bungalow Bud, Vital Time, Jabuti Eagle SA and Victory Defined.