11/02/2012 1:49PM

Los Alamitos: Only question in Golden State Million Futurity is who will run second behind One Dashing Eagle


The presence of One Dashing Eagle in Sunday’s $1,118,000 Golden State Million Futurity at Los Alamitos may rob the race of any suspense.

In the last six months, One Dashing Eagle has been the nation’s dominant 2-year-old Quarter Horse, winning the Ed Burke Million Futurity at Los Alamitos on June 24 and the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in September.

One Dashing Eagle is the fastest qualifier for the Golden State Million, having won a division of the 400-yard time trials on Oct. 21 in 19.48 seconds. He pulled away from his seven rivals in the final 100 yards to win by 2 1/2 lengths.

“He’s getting better and better,” co-owner Jorge Carmona said after the trials. “He’s a great horse. Every time he comes back, he’s good.”

Co-owned by Gustavo de la Torre and trainer Jose de la Torre, One Dashing Eagle has won 5 of 6 starts and $1,628,405. He was second in his career debut in a maiden race in April, and has not been beaten since.

“The best thing about him is that he likes to run,” Carmona said. “He’s not a horse that is fed up with training.”

One Dashing Eagle has essentially clinched the 2-year-old championship with his two stakes wins. A victory in the Golden State Million would move him closer to a possible World Champion title. The reigning World Champion, Cold Cash 123, was beaten for the first time this year when third in the Los Alamitos Championship last Sunday.

In the Golden State Million, One Dashing Eagle will be a strong favorite. His rivals include Bingo, the second-fastest qualifier with a winning trial time of 19.70 seconds; and Fires Blazin, who was second in the Ed Burke Million Futurity and a trial winner on Oct. 21 in his first start since June.

Other leading starters are Watch Linda Ballet, who was fourth in the Ed Burke and a trial winner for the Golden State; and Henoshersecret, who was seventh in the Governor’s Cup Futurity in July and a trial winner.

Henoshersecret is trained by Paul Jones, who also starts the filly Scoop of Sunshine, a trial race winner.

Trainer Juan Aleman starts Watch Linda Ballet, but fears that a runner-up finish is the best his filly can accomplish with One Dashing Eagle in the field.

“I think we’re all running for second,” he said.