Q-Racing Blog: Boys and Girls Separate

Q-Racing Blog: Boys and Girls Separate

Oklahoma’s Black Gold is splitting out the boys and girls.

Seven wins his Black Gold Laddie trial

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By Ty Wyant 

The boys and the girls will be going their separate ways at Will Rogers Downs on November 14. The boys will be racing in the $183,700 Black Gold Lads Championship Futurity, while the girls are lining up in the $229,800 Black Gold Lassies Futurity.

All of the 2-year-olds are by stallions participating in the Black Gold program.

The headline attraction for the two 400-yard contests is Lads Futurity fastest qualifier Seven. He is a Grade 1-class horse who more than fits at this level.

The Raymond Merrill and Gregory Cullum-owned Seven showed his class in his Lads Futurity trial when he made the trial look like a stiff workout under Cody Rodger Smith, the only rider that the gelding has known in his seven starts.

Seven started from the outside position and the trial was essentially over within 100 yards. He easily made the lead and Smith was a passenger as Seven drew out to a 1 ½-length win. His time of :19.947 was the top mark from four trials.

A son of Kiss My Hocks, Seven was sent off as the 1-2 favorite after a promising campaign last summer at Ruidoso Downs.

The Clint Crawford-trained gelding started as the 3-1 favorite in the $200,000 All American Juvenile – his start before the Lads Futurity trial – and didn’t have the full opportunity to run his race. He started from the second post position and the horse in the third post position came in at the start and pushed Seven into the horse starting from the inside post position. Seven lost his traction and was never in contention. It was a throw-out race for the winner of five of seven starts.

Seven showed he belongs in the top tier of 2-year-olds with his third-place run in the $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1). He was well beaten by winner Whistle Stop café, who went on to win the $3 million All American Futurity (G1), and he was handled by runner-up Mister Illusion. However, Seven battled to the wire and finished three-quarters of a length ahead of $1 million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) winner and 13-10 favorite Cyber Monday, the fourth-place runner.

While Seven has a class advantage in his race, Jose Guzman’s Sweet Candy Jewel is making her stakes debut in the Lassie Futurity.

A daughter of Jess Good Candy, Sweet Candy Jewel won the last of six trials in :20.040 to take the top of the qualifier’s list. She started well from the inside position and showed promise by running down Cindydoesitagain to win by a game neck.

Sweet Candy Jewel won her maiden at first asking in her trial to the Remington Park Futurity (RG1) and scored her second win from five starts by taking her Old South Futurity trial at Delta Downs. She did not make the finals for either race, but showed in her Lassie Futurity trial that she may be a late-developing filly who prefers more distance than the 330-yards of each of those trials.

Thanks Doc

A big thank you to Dr. Ed Allred who opened up stalls at Los Alamitos to take in horses displaced by nearby fires in Orange County. There are hundreds – if not thousands – of horses impacted by these fires. This shows the true hearts of horsemen like Doc Allred. I wonder what American Quarter Horse racing would be like without him. 

If you need more information about the evacuations, call Los Alamitos at (714) 820-2800. Information will be posted on LosAlamitos.com, Twitter and Instagram.

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