CB Come Fly With Me soars in Little Futurity Trials
Four trials featuring 36 two-year-olds were held Saturday, Oct. 8 during the fifth of six all-Quarter Horse racing programs at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. The very first trial produced the quickest qualifier for the upcoming $150,000-added Miss Roxie Little Futurity as CB Come Fly With Me and Rolando Pina easily won their heat in a time of :17.623 seconds.
Starting from post eight in the nine-horse lineup, CB Come Fly With Me broke well in mid pack and appeared to need a few strides to get into top speed, but once the freshman filly got in gear, she was clearly the best of the field. CB Come Fly With Me powered to the lead, crossing the finish line one and one-half lengths ahead of Sicario and Santiago Mendez to earn the win, her third straight victory for owner Carolyn Bruce. Hez So Rare and Cesar Esqueda finished third.
“This filly (CB Come Fly With Me) doesn’t take much to a whip,” said Pina. “She responds big to a hand ride. When she gets out on the lead, I have to keep tapping slowly on her with my hands to make sure she keeps going. If she doesn’t have to stand long in the gate, she actually has really quick speed from the gate. She is just a nice filly all the way around.”
CB Come Fly With Me came into the race off a short break, not racing since her win in the $193,000 QHRAI Stallion Service Auction Futurity in late August. However, time away from the races did not affect the daughter of Desirio.
“We’ve been keeping her fresh and legged up,” said trainer Joe Davis. “She actually came into this race better than she did the SSA Futurity.”
CB Come Fly With Me, the heavy favorite of the field, paid $2.20, $2.10, $2.10 across the board. She now has four wins in six career starts and purse earnings in excess of $110,000.
“We have a half sister to this filly (CB Come Fly With Me) that we just took down to Joe (Davis),” said Bruce, who is having a banner year with the combined success of CB Come Fly With Me and Stinkin Rich. “Joe has already started with her.”
The second fastest qualifier in the Miss Roxie Little Futurity Trials was recorded in the third trial as Dreamers Liaison and Harold Collins slipped under the wire in a time of :17.799. The grey son of Sixes Liaison was tough to saddle in the paddock, but once he was on the track, he was all business. Collins had Dreamers Liaison in the mix early, taking over the top spot midway through the 350-yard dash. In the end, the gelding, owned by Duke Racing LLC, was able to hold off a persistent American Purr and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez on the outside for the win by a head. DNA Dales Prospect and Berkley Packer moved in for third.
The win for Dreamers Liaison was his second straight and his first at Indiana Grand. The Bart Sachleben-trained freshman had two previous starts in Oklahoma before shipping in for the Little Trials. The newcomer paid $8.20, $6.00 and $3.00 across the board in his third lifetime start.
A big surprise winner in the Little Futurity trials was recorded in the second heat as Im the Captain Now and Vazquez-Gomez rallied home for their second win of the season for owner-breeder Dianne Bennett. The Captain Courage gelding, trained by John McCreary, held his own along the inside the entire race and prevailed as the winner, one half length ahead of Chics Dirty Secret and Juan Galvan. Kid Cartel and Cesar Esqueda finished third.
Im the Captain Now paid $13.20, $9.20 and $4.80 across the board. His time of :17.906, the slowest win time of the four trials, was quick enough for him to advance to the finals, a big feat for the colt that has experienced some setbacks this year.
“This colt (Im the Captain Now) had had a lot of problems,” said Bennett, who has a farm in nearby Whiteland, Ind. “He broke his jaw this spring while he was in the starting gate just standing. But, he never came off his feed and he is starting to feel good again.”
Bennett purchased his dam (A True Stoli) at Heritage Place in foal with Im the Captain Now. She then bred the mare back to Indiana sire Chilled Corona. She has a pair of two-year-olds that grew up together and affectionately nicknamed them after one of her favorite shows, Seinfeld.
“I call him (Im the Captain Now) ‘Jerry’ and American Purr ‘Kramer’,” said Bennett. “’Jerry is a big colt and ‘Kramer’ is smaller, but he can really motor.”
Both ‘Jerry’ and ‘Kramer’ advanced to the final, slated for Saturday, Oct. 22 during the final all-Quarter Horse racing night of 2016. The evening features more than $425,000 in purses with four stakes on the program.
Horses advancing to the final of the Miss Roxie Little Futurity, with time and jockey, include: CB Come Fly With Me (Rolando Pina, :17.623); Dreamers Liaison (Harold Collins, :17.799); American Purr (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, :17.820); Sicario (Santiago Mendez, :17.861); Zoomin B Cartel (Berkley Packer, :17.889); Kruzer (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, :17.890); DNA Dales Prospect (Berkley Packer, :17.892); Im the Captain Now (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, :17.906); Hez So Rare (Cesar Esqueda, :17.937); and Chics Dirty Secret (Juan Galvan, :17.979). Both trainers John McCreary and Randy Smith will saddle three each in the final.