11/02/2015 12:28PM

Little Talks wins eventful Golden State Million


CYPRESS, Calif. – Little Talks overcame a commotion at the starting gate to win the first stakes of her career Sunday in the $1,049,350 Golden State Million for 2-year-old Quarter Horses at Los Alamitos.

With the field loaded for the 400-yard race, Docs Best Card and Walk Thru Crystal broke through the gate, while Mi Viejo and Gotcha Bella pushed their stall doors open in a separate incident that occurred almost simultaneously. A few moments later, Fire At Will flipped in the starting gate and was scratched. Those incidents led to an 11-minute delay.

Little Talks, ridden by Cesar DeAlba, was not affected by the incident, despite being drawn between Docs Best Card and Gotcha Bella in post 5. Gotcha Bella contributed to the delay when she got loose from handlers and jogged down the racetrack before being caught by an outrider. She was allowed to start after an inspection by a veterinarian and finished seventh in a field of eight.

When the race began, Little Talks ($9.40) was third after 100 yards, trailing early leader Walk Thru Crystal, but was best in the final 100 yards, finishing a neck in front of Docs Best Card.

Little Talks was timed in 19.93 seconds and earned $426,447 for owner-breeder Steve Burns of Menifee. Little Talks is trained by Mike Casselman, Burns’ brother-in-law. The filly has won 4 of 7 starts and earned $461,870.

Docs Best Card finished second, a nose in front of the 9-5 favorite Thermonuclear Energy. Walk Thru Crystal was fourth, ending her chance to sweep the three major futurities run at Los Alamitos. Earlier this year, Walk Thru Crystal won the Kindergarten and the Ed Burke Million futurities. The Ed Burke Million is the first leg of the series, which concludes with the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Dec. 13.

Burns said Little Talks will be pointed for the time trials for the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Nov. 22.