12/12/2009 12:00AM

Good Reason SA upsets in Two Million Futurity


LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. - Good Reason SA proved Friday that experience is not necessary to win the nation's richest Quarter Horse race.

Making his fourth career start, Good Reason SA ($49) had a clean trip in a somewhat messy race to win Friday's Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Good Reason SA led throughout the 400 yards, winning by a neck over even-money favorite Apollitical Jess, the fastest qualifier to the Los Alamitos Two Million. Fovee, a 20-1 outsider, finished third in the field of 10, a nose behind Apollitical Jess.

Leading contenders such as Tools of Fire, Crystal Sola, and Shining First Dash were bumped at the start or in traffic shortly after the break and finished sixth, eighth, and 10th.

Good Reason SA was timed in 19.36 seconds on a wet-fast racetrack. The Friday program was run in light rain.

Owned by breeder Gianna Samaja of Brazil, Good Reason SA earned $804,720. The Los Alamitos Two Million was his stakes debut following a win in a maiden race in September, a fourth in the Golden State Million Futurity trials, and a win in a division of the Los Alamitos Two Million trials on Nov. 21. Good Reason SA had a qualifying time that equaled the fifth-fastest for the final.

Good Reason SA had a late start to his career because of a tibia injury earlier this year, Jones said. As a result, he was the most lightly raced horse in the field. The other runners in the Los Alamitos Two Million all had at least five starts going into Friday's race.

Good Reason SA is by the late Thoroughbred stallion Favorite Trick, who died in a barn fire in New Mexico in 2006. He stood at stud to Quarter Horse mares in the final years of his life.

Good Reason SA's win was the second in the Two Million for Jones. He won the 2003 running with A Regal Choice, who was promoted to first after Corona For Me was ruled to have caused interference late in the race.