Apolinaria Prize fastest qualifier for Firecracker
GRANTS PASS — Apolinaria Prize zipped 350 yards in 17.784 seconds and is the fastest qualifier for the $90,000 Firecracker Futurity on July 4 at Grants Pass Downs.
Seven non-wagering trials totaling 50 horses were held Tuesday, with the 10 fastest finishers qualifying for the Firecracker Futurity — the 2021 renewal will be the richest race in the history of Grants Pass Downs.
Ridden by Cesar Moreno for trainer Jose Rosales Gomez and owner Juan Marquez, Apolinaria Prize won the fifth race by a half-length over L Bar D Mistr Cartel.
A California-bred son of Fast Prize Cartel, Apolinaria Prize finished third in his May 17 debut at Grants Pass Downs.
“A couple weeks ago we ran her in that 220-yard maiden race, and she finished third,” said Rosales Gomez. “(Jose) Guerrero rode her that day and said she was fast but needed more distance.
“(The Firecracker Futurity) is going to be a tough race, a new race, and whoever starts clean out of the gate is going to be tough.”
Playin the Game earned the second fastest qualifying time, 17.840, winning the second trial under Jose Figueroa for trainer Treece Figueroa and owner Kent Hoover.
Third fastest qualifier at 17.859 is Bv Mary Rose, an Oklahoma-bred filly who scored by one-length in race three with Jaime Lopez Jr. riding for trainer Ricardo Mariles-Santos and owners Tranquilino and Bryan Flores.
L Bar D Mistr Cartel, runner-up to Apolinaria Prize in race five, clocked the fourth fastest time at 17.878 with Joree Scriver riding for trainer Hector Magallanes and owners Linda and Darrell Saunders.
Trainer Danny Montes and owner Jorge Carmona secured two spots in the final, logging the fifth fastest qualifier with sixth race winner Jm Who Knew (17.885) and ninth fastest qualifier with fourth race winner Five Bar Cali (17.967).
Entries for the Firecracker Futurity will be taken June 29.
The 11th to 20th fastest qualifiers earned berths in the $15,000 Firecracker Futurity Consolation, also to be run July 4.
FIRECRACKER FUTURITY QUALIFIERS
1, Apolinaria Prize, 17.784
2, Playin the Game, 17.840
3, Bv Mary Rose, 17.859
4, L Bar D Mistr Cartel, 17.878
5, JM Who Knew, 17.885
6, El Alazan Gunner, 17.900
7, Hell On Horseshoes, 17.933
8, Like Da Boss, 17.937
9, Five Bar Cali, 17.967
10, Five Bars Blazin, 17.975