Zoomin B Cartel surprises in Miss Roxie Little Futurity
Zoomin B Cartel may be one of the most overlooked two-year-olds of the year at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. After winning his trial and qualifying as the fifth fastest for the final of the $190,600 Miss Roxie Little Futurity, Zoomin B Cartel shined bright during a night of stars on the all-Quarter Horse card that featured more than $625,000 in purses.
Zoomin B Cartel was one of three from the Randy Smith barn that qualified for the final. Berkley Packer rode two of the qualifiers, Zoomin B Cartel and DNA Dales Prospect. On paper, DNA Dales Prospect appeared to be the stronger of the two candidates for the final, so he opted to ride that horse for Smith. Zoomin B Cartel needed a rider and Omar Reyes received the assignment, his first time aboard the two-year-old son of The Louisiana Cartel.
Starting from post two, Zoomin B Cartel was a little slower than most out of the gate but he quickly made up for it and got into contention. He established himself as the horse to catch in the early stages of the 350-yard dash, but a big threat was looming on the outside of the track. Heavily favored and heavily talented CB Come Fly With Me and Rolando Pina were gearing up for the final strides.
Zoomin B Cartel held his ground along the inside as CB Come Fly With Me began to close in. In the end, a three-horse photo determined Zoomin B Cartel to be the winner by a neck over CB Come Fly With Me. Sicario and Santiago Mendez finished another nose back in third. Less than a length separated the top five finishers in the race.
Zoomin B Cartel paid a whopping $32.40, $8.80 and $6.60 across the board as a longshot in the race. It was the second winner on the card for Smith, who is headed into his third straight year as the track’s leading Quarter Horse trainer.
“Every race, he (Zoomin B Cartel) has been getting better and better,” said Smith. “There wasn’t a horse in there that couldn’t have won this race. He was just the best tonight.”
Bred by Gordon Timm and owned in partnership with Vicki Lundstrum, Zoomin B Cartel is now three for seven in his brief career. The gelding added more than $100,000 to his bankroll with his win in the Miss Roxie Little Futurity, the state’s second richest Quarter Horse race.
“When this colt was three months old, Vicki (Lundstrum) told me she’d give me $5,000 for half and I said it was a deal,” said Timm, who is retired from a 40-year-career as a fire protection project manager in his native Michigan. “We have three brood mares at our farm and all three now are stakes producing mares.”
Timm and Lundstrum are longtime owners and breeders in the sport. They have seen success in recent years with horses they have bred, including Stone Toasted and My Louisiana Rod. Zoomin B Cartel makes their third major stakes winner.
“I was just hoping we could be third,” said Lundstrum, who was in shock after the win with Zoomin B Cartel. “We wanted to run third to get black type.”
Timm purchased the dam of Zoomin B Cartel, Zoomin Zoey B, as a weanling from the Heritage Place sale in Oklahoma. She has some major runners in her immediate family. Her mother, Takapuna, has produced several stars. In fact, every one of her offspring has raced with the exception of Zoomin Zoey B. This is the first foal from Zoomin Zoey B. After losing her second foal, she has a weanling filly by Coronado Cartel and is back in foal to 2015 Indiana Stallion of the Year Escondido Beach.