Heisasgoodasheis fastest qualifier for Mobley Trials
A total of 37 Indiana sired two-year-olds went to battle for a spot in the upcoming $150,000-added Gordon Mobley Futurity Final spread out over four trials Saturday, June 4 at Indiana Grand. Heisasgoodasheis and jockey Rolando Pina was the fastest qualifier of the night, turning in a trial time of :15.542 seconds to advance to the final set for Saturday, June 18. The win was the first of three on the night for Pina and trainer Joe Davis, who also picked up two wins and qualified two for the $100,000 Jaguar Rocket Final, also slated for Saturday, June 18.
Starting from post six in the nine-horse field, Heisasgoodasheis left the gate and was not a major threat at the start. It took the two-year-old sorrel son of Chilled Corona a few steps to get into gear, but once he got comfortable, he surged to the lead, fending off heavily-favored Beach Zoomer to win the 300-yard dash in a time of :15.542 seconds. Beach Zoomer and Berkley Packer finished a neck ahead of Powerfull Stone and Cesar Esqueda. All three horses turned in the fastest three times of the four trials on the program.
“The extra distance really did help tonight,” said Pina, who rode the gelding to a second place finish in his first and only start coming into the Mobley trial. “He (Heisasgoodasheis) seemed to concentrate a little more. He gets a little nervous but when I stand with him, he comes back and he runs good. He was a lot better tonight.”
Heisasgoodasheis paid $10.60, $3.20, $2.40 across the board. The trial was his second career start for breeder, owner and trainer Davis, who owns and operates a training center in Borden, Ind. in the southern part of the state.
“I really didn’t think we had anything for the nine (Beach Zoomer) in there,” said Davis. “I was a little shocked, but guess he proved me wrong. He is the second foal from this mare (Sheisassheis). I bought her off Chris Duke. Her first foal (Heisasheis) ran in the sixth race. The two-year-old is much better than the three-year-old.”
The second fastest trial of the night went to HH Kentucky Krome and Harold Collins. The son of La Jollaroid turned in a late closing effort to nip Jess Jace and Rodney Prescott at the finish line by a nose for the win. The time of the dash was :15.677 seconds and kept the sorrel gelding undefeated in two starts for breeders and owners Larry Carter and John Myers. Paul Martin trains.
“He (HH Kentucky Krome) wanted to follow the seven, but when he got clear, he hit another gear and took off,” said Collins. “He is a nice horse.”
HH Kentucky Krome paid $5.60, $4.00, $2.20 across the board.
“He (HH Kentucky Krome) is still young and still figuring out what he’s doing, but he has a lot of raw talent,” said Martin.
Other trial winners on the night included Kid Cartel (Cesar Esqueda) in a time of :15.863 seconds to rank eighth on the list of the 10 qualifiers and Rockin Tokyo (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez) in a time of :16.087, which was not quick enough to qualify for the final of the Mobley Futurity.
“He (Kid Cartel) has been training really well,” said Trainer Tony Cunningham. “He got sore early so we gave him a break, but he has been getting better every time lately. He is class about everything.”
Kid Cartel, owned by Craig Zeneberg of Michigan, was making his first career start. The gelding is by Kool Quick Kid and is one of three in Cunningham’s barn for Zeneberg.
The full list of qualifiers for the Gordon Mobley Futurity Final includes, with jockey and time: Heisasgoodasheis (Rolando Pina, :15.542); Beach Zoomer (Berkley Packer, :15.560); Powerfull Stone (Cesar Esqueda, :15.585); HH Kentucky Krome (Harold Collins, :15.677); Jess Jace (Rodney Prescott, :15.687); Jazz C Gal (Cesar Esqueda, :15.730); First Cuycuy (Jose Davila, :15.811); Kid Cartel (Cesar Esqueda, :15.863); I Am The First (Jose Davila, :15.936); and WH Whole Lottashaken (Jose Beltran, :15.978). Trainers Randy Smith, Sacramento Chavez and Tony Cunningham each qualified two horses for the final.