One Dashing Eagle Flies in Golden State Trials

Colt takes aim at third million-dollar futurity victory.

October 22, 2012

Jose and Gustavo De La Torre and San Gregorio Racing Stable’s One Dashing Eagle is in position to become the first American Quarter Horse ever to win three races with million-dollar purses following a dominant victory in the seventh of 11 trials to the $1,118,000 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Trained by Jose De La Torre and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, One Dashing Eagle won his 400-yard Golden State Million trial by 2 ½ lengths while covering the distance in the fastest qualifying time of :19.482. His winning time was over 2/10ths of a second faster than the next fastest qualifier. One Dashing Eagle’s previous million-dollar wins came in the $1,041,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) and $2,400,000 All American Futurity (G1). Sired by One Famous Eagle, the Allred Brothers-bred 2-year-old colt will go after his third million-dollar win in the Golden State Million final on Sunday, November 4.

“Everybody dreams to own a horse like One Dashing Eagle,” said Jorge Carmona of San Gregorio Racing Stable. “He’s the best thing that has happened to us in racing. He is living proof that if you keep trying in this sport that sooner or later you can get lucky. We are so fortunate to have One Dashing Eagle. The best thing about him is that he likes to run. He’s not a horse that is fed up with training. On the contrary, this guy wants more. Jose De La Torre and his team have figured out what he likes best as far as his training is concerned and this horse just keeps getting better and better with each day. He is an amazing horse.”

Thanks in large part to his two aforementioned major scores, One Dashing Eagle has already bankrolled $1,628,405 from his five wins in six career starts. A victory in the Golden State Million would take him over the $2 million mark in earnings this year, and he is currently only $169,113 away from passing 2008 world champion Stolis Winner’s record for most money earned by a Quarter Horse in a single season.

“It seems as if every time he runs it’s a bigger and better surprise,” De La Torre said. “He broke in a little bit at the start of his trial, but other than that he was perfect. My heartbeat was going at 20,000 beats per minute watching him out there on the track. It’s hard to describe how incredible we are feeling right now.”

One Dashing Eagle is out of the mare One Sweet Dash, who is also the dam of 2010 Golden State Million winner One Sweet Jess. The De La Torre’s campaigned One Sweet Jess before retiring him to stud at Burns Ranch in time of the 2012 breeding season.

Salvador Pimienta’s homebred Bingo posted the second-fastest time of :19.708. The Oklahoma-bred gelding by Tres Seis had not raced since finishing third in the $39,000 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge. Leading from start to finish in this trial, Bingo went on to post a length victory over Rainbow Futurity (G1) finalist Scatmandu.

“In this business you can have a great day, but you can also have a not so great day,” Pimienta said. “If a good day comes in the trials to a million-dollar futurity, then you are pretty fortunate. We’ve always liked this horse and had big hopes for him since we started making futurity payments.

“There are horses made for 400 yards and we felt that he was one such horse,” Pimienta added. “I remember being very anxious to see him get going at the start of the year. I kept asking (trainer) Felix Gonzalez if he was ready to work. Felix reminded me that we had to take it slowly with him and we are now seeing the positive results for being patient. We’ll see how he does in the final. There will be 10 great horses in the final including a horse in One Dashing Eagle that appears to be out of this world. We are in the final and that’s all you can ask.”

Bred and owned by Lucky Seven Ranch, the Mr Jess Perry filly Amore La Blue posted the third-fastest time of :19.713 while winning the second trial by a length. Out of the 2007 world champion Blues Girl Too, Amore La Blue now has two straight victories since taking time off after the Ed Burke Million trials in June.

“The time off helped her a lot,” said trainer Joe Bassett. “She grew up physically and mentally during her time off. She’s figure things out just in time. She surprised me when she broke her maiden by 2 ¼ lengths. We always knew that she was a nice filly, but I was surprised to see her break her maiden so easily and with such a fast time. I wasn’t surprised with the way she ran tonight. She has the breeding and the looks to be special. The fastest qualifier (One Dashing Eagle) is a monster and if he gets his go there might not be a thing that we can do to win, but I’m ready to take my chance with Amore La Blue.”

Robert Williams’ Watch Linda Ballet, who ran in the Ed Burke Million earlier this campaign, and the Walk Thru Fire gelding Fires Blazin each won their respective trials to qualify to the Golden State Million. Other trial winners to make the field include Paul Jones and Thompson Racing’s Henoshersecret, Double Bar S Ranch’s Scoop of Sunshine and Balgo Racing Team’s Gold Flames On Fire.

Here’s the complete list in qualifying order: One Dashing Eagle (:19.482), Bingo (:19.708), Amore La Blue (:19.713), Fires Blazin (:19.785), Gold Flames On Fire (:19.787), Watch Linda Ballet (:19.801), Henoshersecret (:19.806), Tres Coronas Mas (:19.817) and Separate Interest (:19.817) and Scoop Of Sunshine (:19.82).