Trotter, Wood Lead Way in 2 Million

Wood trainees eye Los Alamitos Two Million prize.

Q-Racing Journal
December 12, 2013

Owner Johnny Trotter and trainer Trey Wood try to continue to leave their winning marks at Los Alamitos with the top-three qualifiers – Viva Mi Corazon, Ms First Prize Rose and Dash Through Fire – to the $1,989,525 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Viva Mi Corazon and Ms First Prize Rose are owned by the partnership of Trotter and Burnett Ranches LLC, while Dash Through Fire is a Trotter homebred.

Viva Mi Corazon (First Down Dash-Miss Sin Tacha by Mr Jess Perry) has moved forward for Wood this fall since arriving at Los Alamitos and is 3-for-3 at the Southern California track while taking each race in convincing style.

Out of a half-sister to 2002 co-world champion Streakin Sin Tacha, Viva Mi Corazon quickly made his winning statement at Los Alamitos when he set the fastest-qualifying time to the $435,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2) in his local debut while being overlooked at 9-1 odds. He won by three quarters of length, with a :17.333 time for the 350 yards.

The fans became believers in the PCQHRA Futurity when they sent him off as the 2-1 favorite in the finals and he responded with another three-quarter-length victory to earn his first stakes win. The gelding continued his dominant form in the Los Alamitos Two Million trials when he won the seventh of 14 trials by 1 1/2 lengths with the evening’s fastest time of :19.512 for 400 yards.

Before moving to Los Alamitos, Viva Mi Corazon raced at Ruidoso Downs with three starts in Grade 1 futurity trials. His best effort was a non-qualifying neck win in his trial to the Ruidoso Futurity (G1).

While Viva Mi Corazon was not qualifying for futurities at Ruidoso Downs, Ms First Prize Rose (Corona Cartel-First Carolina by Mr Jess Perry) was putting her name on the list of contenders for champion 2-year-old filly honors and a win in the Los Alamitos Two Million could secure that title. After winning her maiden in her second start with a non-qualifying win in her Ruidoso Futurity trial, she came back to set the second-fastest time on the second day of trials to the $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1).

Ms First Prize Rose, the fifth-ranked horse in the national AQHA National Poll, stepped up and showed her gameness in the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity (G1) when she nosed out stablemate Belle Helene for the victory.

From the family of world champion and all-time leading sire First Down Dash, Ms First Prize Rose was off until the Los Alamitos Two Million trials and raced to her fourth-straight win in her trial. She won by three quarters of a length as the 4-5 choice. Her time of :19.548 was the second fastest.

Her dam, Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner First Carolina, is also the dam of two other important 2-year-olds this year: Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity winner Coronado Cartel and Firecracker Futurity (G2) runner-up Itea. First Carolina is out of a daughter of broodmare of the year First Prize Rose.

Dash Through Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Dash Back Perry by Mr Jess Perry) makes her stakes debut in her third start after winning each of her two starts by daylight margins. She didn’t make her debut until October at Los Alamitos and responded with a 1 1/4-length maiden win. She stepped forward in her Los Alamitos Two Million trial with a 1 1/2-length score and the third-fastest time of :19.607.

Dash Back Perry, the dam of Dash Through Fire, won the Charger Bar Handicap (G2) and the Las Damas Handicap (G3), two leading stakes for distaffers annually at Los Alamitos.

San Gregorio Racing Stables Inc.’s champion 2-year-old colt hopeful Five Bar Cartel (Corona Cartel-Five Bar Molly by Dash Ta Fame) chases his second Grade 1 futurity win at Los Alamitos after taking the $1,111,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) back in June. He won by a nose and then pointed at the $1 million Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, which goes to the connections of any horse that wins the Ed Burke Million, Golden State Million (G1) and the Los Alamitos Two Million.

Five Bar Cartel, the nation’s fourth-ranked juvenile, qualified for the $1,045,000 Golden State Million with a 1 1/4-length trial win. However, his Bonanza bid ended in the Golden State Million when he raced to a troubled fifth-place finish as the 7-10 favorite.

The Danny Montes-trained Five Bar Cartel regained his winning form in his Los Alamitos Two Million trial when he scored by a half length, with the sixth-fastest qualifying time of :19.761, and became the only horse to qualify for all three $1 million futurities at Los Alamitos.