06/24/2009 12:00AM

Rematch unlikely for Ed Burke rivals


The dead heat for first between LD Fire and Streakin Laquinta in the $1 million Ed Burke Million Futurity at Los Alamitos on Saturday may be their only encounter of the year.

The two Quarter Horses appear headed in different directions this summer, with Streakin Laquinta not nominated to the next seven-figure futurity at Los Alamitos, the Golden State Million in November, and more likely to be sent to Ruidoso Downs for the All American Futurity trials later this summer. LD Fire is expected to have a summertime break because of concern over a sore shin.

With Streakin Laquinta unable to start in the Golden State Million, LD Fire is the only horse eligible for the track's $1 million bonus that is paid to a horse that sweeps the Ed Burke, Golden State Million, and Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity in December. Inaugurated in 1998, the bonus has never been won.

After Saturday's race, such a prize was not the primary focus for the partnership that owns LD Fire - breeder Mike Abraham, trainer Jaime Gomez, and Alfonzo Pasquel. They were content that the filly LD Fire was able to overcome a poor start, partially her fault, to finish on even terms with Streakin Laquinta in the 350-yard race.

"She was at fault for the bump at the start," Abraham said. "When I saw it was a dead heat, I started thinking what could have been if she had not made that mistake at the start."

Streakin Laquinta is trained by Connie Hall, who won the 1993 Ed Burke with A Classic Dash, who went on to win the All American Futurity that year. The development of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity in the 1990s has, to some extent, curtailed interest from California owners and trainers in the All American, but John and Kathie Bobenrieth, who own Streakin Laquinta, are leaning toward an attempt to win the classic race.

"We're paid up and we'll have to evaluate and see about it," John Bobenrieth said. "He seems like a horse that could go that way."

For Hall, Saturday was always going to be a day to remember. Earlier in the evening, her son, John Hall, was married in nearby Long Beach.

Freaky gets a summer break

With so much of the track's major prizes at the end of the year, it is not uncommon for leading horses to be given summertime breaks.

Freaky, who won Friday's $150,000 Vessels Maturity in track-record time of 19.15 seconds for 400 yards, is unlikely to start again until the fall, trainer Adan Farias said.

Freaky earned an automatic berth to the $750,000 Champion of Champions on Dec. 12, and Farias and owner Armando Aguirre want a fresh horse for the final months of the year. Freaky may make his next start in the Los Alamitos Championship on Oct. 10.