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Turbulent Times Fastest in Ed Burke Trials

Qualifiers will return to Los Alamitos for seven-figure final on June 23.

June 10, 2013

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Turbulent Times and Ronnie Keller and Ron Brooks’ Unchangeable posted the two fastest qualifying times to the $1,111,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) after running 1-2 in the third of 14 trials on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Bred by Corner K Quarter Horses LLC and sired by Furyofthewind, Turbulent Times is a perfect two-for- two after his half-length victory over Unchangeable in the night’s fastest time of :17.405 at 350 yards. Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Jose De La Torre, the bay colt had previously posted a neck victory in his career debut. Meanwhile, the Stel Corona gelding Unchangeable posted the second-fastest clocking of :17.487 with the track’s all-time leading Quarter Horse jockey Eddie Garcia in the irons for trainer Rafael Orozco.

Headed by Turbulent Times and Unchangeable, the list of qualifiers to the Ed Burke Million Futurity is as follows: Turbulent Times (:17.405), Unchangeable (:17.487), Masherati B (:17.565), Docs First Fire (:17.607), She Forgives (:17.634), Five Bar Cartel (:17.642), Foose Is Loose (:17.655), Composed Charisma (:17.677), Fire Up Willie (:17.680) and Quirky (:17.694). A total of 111 freshman runners competed in the trials with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the Ed Burke Million final to be held on Sunday, June 23. The Ed Burke Million is the first leg of the track’s version of the Triple Crown, which also features the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.

Avila and Cuevas purchased Turbulent Times as a weanling in large part because he was a half brother to Testing The Ice, a talented runner that the partners campaigned in 2011 and 2012. Testing The Ice ran in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) and finished fourth in the All American Derby (G1) last year for Avila and Cuevas.

“We bought Turbulent Times because of his bloodlines,” said Jesus Avila. “Testing The Ice is a nice horse who did very well. We had to have Turbulent Times because of that reason.”

“We got him when he was six months old and we’ve always had high hopes for this horse,” added Avila’s son, Jose. “We would love to see Turbulent Times continue the way he’s going right now. After he won his first race (on April 26), he had been taking it easy and preparing for these trials.”

“It was a tight race against Unchangeable,” Avila added. “I’m so happy right now. We feel pretty blessed.”

De La Torre was part of the ownership group that won the Ed Burke Million last year with eventual world champion One Dashing Eagle. He’ll have a chance to pick up his first training victory in this futurity final when he saddles three finalists on June 23. In addition to Turbulent Times, De La Torre’s barn is also home to third-fastest qualifier Masherati B and ninth-fastest qualifier Fire Up Willie.

“Turbulent Times comes from a classy family,” De La Torre said. “Testing The Ice ran in some very good races and his younger brother always showed us good talent. He was one of our good horses coming into the trials. He’s a colt, but he’s always been a very calm horse. He’s good in the gates and always behaves in a nice and relaxed way.”

Bred by Ed Allred, Unchangeable is from the family of stakes winners like Freaky, Hard Hitting, Hot Hitting and Lassen County. His dam is Hard Lining and his second dam is 2008 James V.A. Carter Broodmare of the Year Award winner Chickasis. From the stable of the Schvaneveldt family, Unchangeable entered the trials after winning his racing debut by 1 ¼ lengths on May 25.

“We’ve pointed him to this race and he came in very sharp after his maiden win,” said Brenda Schvaneveldt, daughter of the late legendary trainer Blane Schvaneveldt. “Monte (Schvaneveldt) had him at the ranch before he arrived at Los Alamitos. We took our time with him. He went inside a little bit in this race. Tonight was the second time that a horse next to him acted up in the gates and he just stands there and does not move. He’s very smart and acts like a much older horse. He’s not like most babies in that regard. It’s a great relief to see him qualify.

“(Qualifying) is huge for the barn. We needed it and it’s a great thrill to qualify with a horse owned by Ronnie and Ron. Ronnie is one of dad’s oldest and dearest friends. They have the nicest family. Ronnie trusted us with this horse and it’s great to do well for them,” Schvaneveldt added.

San Gregorio Racing Stables, who along with Jose and Gustavo De La Torre campaigned the aforementioned champion One Dashing Eagle, will be represented by a pair of runners in this year’s Ed Burke Million. San Gregorio won the opening trial by a length with sixth-fastest qualifier Five Bar Cartel and the 11th trial with Masherati B in the third-fastest clocking. A colt by Corona Cartel and out of the Grade 1 winner Five Bar Molly, Five Bar Cartel has won both of his starts by daylight margins, while the also unbeaten Separatist gelding Masherati B posted a half-length victory over Kindergarten Futurity (G2) and now Ed Burke Million finalist Foose Is Loose. Bielau Oaks bred Masherati B.

“It’s a big plus that Masherati B qualified out of one of the late trials,” said Jorge Carmona of San Gregorio Racing Stables. “Until he qualified, there had been (four trials) with no qualifiers. Masherati B ducked in, but fortunately he was way out in front and didn’t affect anyone. I’ve always been confident about this horse. I liked him because he’s from the same blood as Flaming Out, who we also campaigned. I bought Masherati B at the Heritage Place Winter Sale last year and then took him to sale at Ruidoso (last summer). I didn’t get what I wanted for him so I brought him back home. He’s paying for himself right now by making this futurity.”

Carmona said that the Esmeralda Flores-bred Five Bar Cartel earned an opportunity to race in the Ed Burke Million trials after posting an impressive 1 ¾-length victory in his racing debut on May 19.

“We didn’t expect much from him in his first race, but he showed us a lot in that maiden race,” Carmona said. “We decided to give him a shot in the trials after that performance. He didn’t break that great in his trial, but he still came through and everything has worked out great for him.”

“This horse has a great personality and like they say ‘class is class’,” trainer Danny Montes said of Five Bar Cartel. “He’s well minded; that’s the main thing about him. He surprised us in that first race and watching him win tonight gave me chills. I knew that he was fast, but I didn’t know that he was this fast. After that race I said ‘We’ve got a runner.’ He didn’t have a great start, but he won his race.”

Saul Ramirez Jr. piloted Five Bar Cartel from post number six.

Just like in last month’s Kindergarten Futurity, Dutch Masters III will have two horses in the Ed Burke Million finale courtesy of trial winners Docs First Fire and She Forgives, who posted the fourth- and fifth-fastest times, respectively. Ridden by Gregorio Arriaga for trainer Jaime Gomez, Walk Thru Fire gelding Docs First Fire broke his maiden after winning the second trial by three-quarter lengths. In his previous starts, Docs First Fire had finished second in his debut, third in a successful qualifying effort in his Kindergarten trial and sixth in the Kindergarten finale. He was bred by Gomez.

Also trained by Gomez and ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, Kindergarten runner-up She Forgives earned her spot in the Ed Burke Million field after being moved up from second to first following a disqualification in the fourth trial. It was Tres Pescado that was first across the wire in this trial, but he was moved to fourth by the racing stewards because of interference.

Dutch Masters III and Gomez have won the Ed Burke Million together in the past thanks to the champion Higher Fire in 2005. Gomez has won the Ed Burke three times in his training career.

“She Forgives and Docs First Fire both came out of the Kindergarten in great shape,” Gomez said. “She Forgives didn’t break in the Kindergarten and that probably cost us the race. It was still a special night for Dr. James Streelman. He came out to the track and he enjoyed himself so that was a happy night. Docs First Fire really surprised me with his trial win. He is a hard working horse and he gives you his all.”

Ed Allred bred She Forgives, who is the daughter of Foose and out of the stakes-winning mare Forgive Him.

Paul Jones and Thompson Racing Inc.’s homebred Foose Is Loose also competed in the Kindergarten final and will now look to shine in the Ed Burke Million final. The Foose colt was one of only three horses to qualify after trial number six and that should inspire his connections. Foose Is Loose was ridden by Ramon Sanchez.

Jones also saddled Pedro Barbizan Santiago Leite’s Composed Charisma to a spot in the Ed Burke Million final after the First Down Dash filly won the sixth trial by a half-length.

“Pedro is a new client from Brazil and he’s just starting to buy some yearlings,” said Vince Genco. “He bought this filly from John Andreini and this is her best race so far. Pedro is buying some broodmares as well. He bought Corona Perfection, who is the mother of Louisiana Senator. We’re breeding some horses for him.”

Owned by Jose and Gustavo De La Torre, Fire Up Willie was the biggest surprise of the night, as the filly by Walk Thru Fire won the 12th trial at odds of 30-1. Bred by Ugo De La Torre, Fire Up Willie entered the trials after a seventh-place finish in her racing debut on May 3, but this was a different story. The sorrel filly broke on top from post five and never looked back on the way to a wire-to-wire victory by a half-length. Eduardo Nicasio enjoyed the winning ride aboard Fire Up Willie.

Trained by Jimmy Glenn Jr. for owner Ed Allred, the homebred Stel Corona filly Quirky was the 8-5 favorite against Turbulent Times and Unchangeable in the third trial, but she broke behind those rivals before flying late to finish third. Her gritty effort earned her the 10th-fastest time and she figures to be a big contender in the final. Quirky entered the trials with the meet’s fastest 300-yard time by a 2-year-old.

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Corona Cartel sired the most trial winners on the night with three (Five Bar Cartel, Chollima and Dashes Blue). Walk Thru Fire (Docs First Fire and Fire Up Willie), Separatist (Masherati B and Well Good) and No Secrets Here (Secret Lips and Jabulani Secrets) each had two trial winners. Furyofthewind (Turbulent Times), Foose (She Forgives), FDD Dynasty (Khaleesi), First Down Dash (Composed Charisma) and Stel Corona (Marauder) were the other winning sires on the night….Jockey Eduardo Nicasio and trainer Jose De La Torre joined forces to win four trials while jockey Ramon Sanchez and trainer Paul Jones enjoyed three wins together on Sunday. Jones picked up a fourth victory with the help of jockey Cesar De Alba. Saul Ramirez Jr. picked up a pair of victories, one with trainer Danny Montes and the other with trainer Joe Bassett. Rodrigo Aceves also won a pair of trials, first with Jaime Gomez and then with Scott Willoughby. Gomez’s other trial win came with jockey Gregorio Arriaga. Eulices Gomez and Jimmy Glenn Jr. won a trial race together as well….Total handle for the Ed Burke Million Trial Night program (including the simulcast races) was a season high $1,889,761. The all-sources handle for the 14 trials was $1,691,396.