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Analyses of La Primera, El Primero del Ano derbies; and Clocker’s Corner With Another New Format
Posted: 4/9/2010 1:15:00 AM
|Headturner, a California-bred gelding by Grade 1 winner Check Him Out, is the 6-5 favorite in Friday’s $214,400 El Primero del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.|
The second-fastest qualifier and our top selection in this race, Headturner is two weeks removed from a 1 ¼-length victory in the first of three trials, his fifth win in nine starts. The gelding earned a TrackMaster speed rating of 112 when he won the Grade 1, 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Derby on February 19.
Longshot players might want to take a look at Bring The Bling, who posted the eighth-fastest qualifying time despite a enduring a tough trip in his trial. This nicely bred colt by all-time leading sire First Down Dash is one of 14 winners from 15 starters foaled by 2005 champion broodmare Runaway Wave, and he is a full brother to four stakes winners, including 2006 world champion Wave Carver, two-time divisional champion Ocean Runaway, and Grade 1 winner Trisk.
Fastest qualifier Rey Tiburon has yet to run a bad one in eight starts. The colt by A Regal Choice earned a 102 TrackMaster speed rating in his trial, which he won by 1 ¼ lengths from three-time Grade 1 finalist Forrest Fire.
Last year, Jumpn Beduino won the Grade 1, $416,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity against a field that included Headturner. The filly’s 2-year-old season also included a close runner-up effort to the Grade 1-placed Shining First Dash in a Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) trial.
Third-fastest qualifier Fovee was the 1-5 favorite in the first La Primera trial, and the daughter of Cuvee (TB) responded with a half-length victory. A career earner of $244,542, Fovee ran second, a neck behind winner Good Reason SA, in the Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity final.
Second-fastest qualifier Brazilian Dasher ran second to Jumpn Beduino in the second trial, despite veering out at the start. That race represented her first out since October 31, when she ran a close fourth against a tough field in the 350-yard Q-Racing Stakes, part of the Bank of America Challenge Championships’ undercard. The well-bred Fishers Dash filly is a half sister to two-time champion FDD Dynasty, and her dam, Dinastia Toll Brz, won the 2003 Charger Bar Handicap (G1).
Ajax Downs near Toronto opened for training, and a total of 16 Quarter Horses recorded official works. Roger Girard’s WCR Cool B (Separatist-BCR Really Cool by For Really [TB]) breezed 220 yards in :12.23 on a track labeled “good,” which tied for the fastest drill of the day. The 4-year-old Idaho-bred mare ran second in last year’s All Canadian and Princess (R) derbies at Ajax Downs, which opens its 2010 meet on May 9.
DEFINITY (Corona For Me-Imagine If by Strawfly Special) worked 220 yards in :12.13 at The Downs at Albuquerque, the fastest of 13 works at the distance. Bred in Texas by Joe Kirk Fulton, the 2-year-old filly is one of two foals produced by her winning dam, who is a half sister to 1991 world champion Special Leader.
Lethal One (First Down Dash-Lethal Weapon by Tolltac) topped Delta Downs’ work tab, as the 3-year-old breezed 220 in :10.80, the fastest of 33 moves at the distance. The unraced colt was bred in Texas by P.K. Thomas, and he is a full brother to 1999 AQHA Juvenile Challenge Championship (G1) winner Shez Lethal.
Also at Delta Downs, Polly A. Coleman’s HEZ ALL JACKED UP (Heza Fast Dash-Sayin Together by Sayin Adios) breezed 220 in :12.05. Trained by Janet Van Bebber, the 2-year-old gelding won a Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) trial in his career debut at Louisiana Downs on February 16, and he is a half brother to stakes winner and 2004 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) finalist Altered Intentions.
Three-time Grade 1 finalist Brighton Beach (Strawfly Special-Babe On The Beach by Invisible Injun) breezed 220 in :11.51 at Lone Star Park. Racing for Bobby D. Cox from the barn of trainer John Buchanan, the homebred 5-year-old gelding was a finalist in Wild Six’s 2007 Rainbow Futurity (G1), and the ’08 Remington Park (G1) and Rainbow (G1) derbies.
A total of 27 2-year-olds posted official works at Los Alamitos. ILL CALL YA (Copper Buff-Sisal Buff by Chicks Beduino) worked 220 from the gate in :12.10, the fastest of 32 total drills at the distance. The colt was bred in California by the Robert A. Blair Estate, and he is one of six foals from his stakes-winning dam. His second dam, the On A High mare Tell The Boys No, won the 1992 Sunland Park Fall Derby (G3), and she has produced three stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Metalico.
Also at Los Alamitos, SNOBOYS ALLOWED (Snowbound [TB]-Lindas Dasher by Chicks Beduino) worked 220 from the gate in :12.20. Bred in California by Christian and Ru Anna Singletary, the 2-year-old bay filly is one of five foals produced by her stakes-winning and Grade 1-placed dam.
CARBURATOR (Azoom-Jess Genuine by Mr Jess Perry) also worked 220 from the gate in :12.20 at Los Alamitos. The 2-year-old gelding was bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox, and he is one of eight foals from his dam, who won the 2005 Retama Park Futurity (G1).
And finally at Los Alamitos, Felix A. Gonzalez’s A Mere Splash (Splash Bac-A Mere Classic by A Classic Dash) prepared for his 6-year-old debut by working 220 from the gate in :12.20. An earner of $217,858 from six wins in 15 outs, the stakes-winning gelding ran second in last year’s Grade 1 Los Alamitos Invitational Championship, Vessels Maturity, and Go Man Go Handicap.
STYLIZE (Corona For Me-Style With Substance by Royal Quick Dash) topped Manor Downs’ work tab, as the unraced 2-year-old filly breezed 220 yards in :12.18. Bred in Texas by Joe Kirk Fulton, Stylize is a half sister to Eisenheim, a gelding by Tres Seis who won last year’s $49,800 TQHA Futurity (R) at the Gillespie County Fair meet.
Mercy Hinklin’s Teller Im Speedy (Teller Cartel-Significant Speed by Duel Fuel) breezed 220 in :11.94 at Remington Park, the fastest of 18 works at the distance. A sorrel 3-year-old colt, Teller Im Speedy was a finalist in last year’s Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity.
Also at Remington, Grade 2 winner Duck Mea Running (Tour de Kas-Delta Duck by Merganser) worked 220 in :12.50. The homebred 5-year-old mare, who races for Jack McClennen out of the barn of Luis Villafranco, won the $96,485 Oklahoma Derby (G2) in 2008 and was that season’s Oklahoma region high-point 3-year-old filly.
Simmons Ranch’s Dashin Chick (Dashin Bye-Six Chicks Dash by Sixarun) breezed 220 in :12.18 at Retama Park. A Louisiana-bred 4-year-old mare, Dashin Chick won last year’s 350-yard, $18,500 Colors of the Wind Handicap at Sam Houston Race Park.
Also at Retama, SWEET DASHIN BYE (Dashin Bye-Eject by Special Leader) worked 220 in :12.58. Bred in Texas by Garlyn O. Shelton, the unraced 2-year-old colt is one of two foals produced by his winning dam, who is a half sister to the Grade 3-placed Court Dress.
CONFIDENTIAL RUN (Check Him Out-Make A Run by Calyx) breezed 220 yards in :12.11 at Sunland Park. The 2-year-old filly was bred in California by John Andreini, and she is a half sister to ’05 Firecracker Futurity (G2) winner Make A Secret. Her dam won three stakes from 1996-97, including the $110,000 Manor Downs Lassie Futurity (G3).
Also at Sunland, CARMENS MISS (Carmen’s Glory [TB]-Cruise Liner by The Good Ship) breezed 220 from the gate in :12.17. Bred in New Mexico by Cal Martin, the unraced 2-year-old filly is one of eight foals from her stakes-winning dam, and she is a half sister to Cruisen Cal, a gelding by The Regency Diamond who won the 1999 Zia (RG3) and New Mexico Breeders’ (RG3) derbies.
Finally at Sunland Park, TYCOON JESS (Mr Jess Perry-Royal Ready Too Wear by Royal Quick Dash) prepped for his debut by breezing 220 from the gate in :12.33. The colt was bred in Oklahoma by Johnny Trotter, and he is one of seven foals produced by his winning dam. Tycoon Jess’ second dam, the Bold Ego (TB) mare Wash And Wear, was a two-time Grade 3 winner who foaled 2001 Governor’s Cup Marathon (G3) winner Drip Dry Dash.
SANDRAS WAY (Take Off Jess-Haley Beth by Leaving Memories) breezed 220 yards from the gate in :12.43 at Delta Downs. Bred in Texas by Lukin Gilliland, the unraced 2-year-old chestnut filly is one of two foals from her winning dam, who is a half sister to two-time Grade 2 winner Si Puede.
Joel R. Pierce’s Freakin Dash (Streak And Dash-Speed Fever by Speed Specialist) breezed 220 in :12.48 at the Delta Training Center. The 5-year-old mare hasn’t raced since November 28, when she won the 400-yard, $31,000 Oklahoma-Bred Quarter Horse Championship (R) at Blue Ribbon Downs.
Gametime (Game Patriot-Agents Of Fortune by Runaway Winner) prepped for his sophomore debut by breezing 220 in :12.31 at Evangeline Downs. Owned and trained by Gregory Beauchamp, the gelding has earned $308,781 from seven outs, and his four victories include last year’s $479,457 Lee Berwick Memorial Louisiana-Bred Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs.
Diana Moster’s Hooked On Magic (Heza Fast Dash-Hooked On Clover by Hooked On Cash) breezed 220 from the gate in :11.57 at Indiana Downs. The homebred 3-year-old colt ran second in last year’s $79,100 Miss Roxie Little Futurity (R) at Hoosier Park.
INSTALL DOT COM (Gold Installment-Rare Dot Com by Rare Form) breezed 220 in :12.12 at Lone Star Park. Bred in Texas by Renato Contreras, the sorrel 2-year-old filly is one of four foals produced by her winning dam, who is a half sister to Grade 1 winner Run Perry Run.
Also at Lone Star, SEA SHINING GUITAR (Ocean Runaway-Shining Guitar by Beda Cheng) breezed 220 in :12.29. The 2-year-old filly was bred in Texas by David Mark McClellan, and she is a half sister to stakes winners Shining Asset and Classic Guitar.
Alberto Fernandez’s Cosabella (Shazoom-Special Crys by Game Patriot) worked 350 yards from the gate in :18.80 at Los Alamitos. The sophomore filly won last year’s AQHA Mexico Juvenile Challenge at the Hipodromo de las Americas in Mexico City.
At Manor Downs, MCM Sheza Fast Cutie (Heza Fast Dash-Some Cutie by Some Dasher) breezed 220 from the gate in :12.23. A homebred 3-year-old filly racing for MCM Farm LLC and trained by Bobby Martinez, MCM Sheza Fast Cutie ran second in last year’s $250,600 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs.
Tom Maher’s Righteous Look (Righteous Brother-A Sweet Look by Sixarun) worked 220 yards in :11.70 at Remington Park. The 3-year-old filly won last year’s 350-yard, $15,000 Minndak Futurity at the North Dakota Horse Park.
Also at Remington, FATHER DAVE (Shazoom-Tellin It All by First Down Dash) worked 250 yards from the gate in :13.61. The unraced 2-year-old gelding was bred in Texas by Mike Nobles and Christine Hudson, and his second dam, the Easy Jet mare Teller Queen, won five Grade 1 stakes in California from 1988-89.
A ROSE FOR YOU (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Fish Account by Fishers Dash) worked 250 from the gate in :14.05 at Retama Park. Bred in Oklahoma by Kenneth D. Loomer, the unraced 2-year-old filly is one of three foals from her winning dam, who is a half sister to 2005 Firecracker Derby (G2) winner Check The Account.
FIRST DOWN JAGUARS (First Down Dash-Shaded In Gray by Chicks Beduino) topped Los Alamitos’ work tab, as the unraced 2-year-old colt drilled 220 yards from the gate in :12.10, the fastest of 37 moves at the distance. Bred in Texas by Evans and Evans and Burnett Ranches, First Down Jaguars is a half brother to stakes winner Shaded In Speed.
Also at Los Alamitos, CORONADO ELITE (Corona Cartel-Ligigation by Dash For Cash) worked 220 from the gate in :12.20. The 2-year-old colt was bred in California by Jaime Gomez, and he is one of nine foals produced by his dam, who ran second in the 1995 Rainbow Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
Finally at Los Alamitos, HALF PIPE (First Down Dash-Runaway Wave by Runaway Winner) continued preparations for his debut by working 220 from the gate in :12.20. Bred in Maryland by Lucas Racing Inc., the 2-year-old gray colt was the $325,000 sale-topper at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale. Half Pipe is a full brother to three Grade 1 winners, including 2006 world champion Wave Carver and two-time divisional champion Ocean Runaway.
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Michael Cusortelli has been a definitive source for American Quarter Horse racing industry news for more than a decade. A graduate of the University of Arizona Race Track Industry Program, he has been a racing publicist and was most recently field editor and electronic news editor for the American Quarter Horse Racing Journal for 10 years. He currently works as racing correspondent for the New Mexico Horse Breeders Magazine, and he has contributed to several industry publications, including The Horseplayer Magazine, Daily Racing Form, HoofBeats, and the Texas Thoroughbred Magazine.