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IT’S A SUPER EFFORT FOR MISS RACY JESS IN CALIFORNIA’S RICHEST DERBY

First it was One Famous Eagle and now it is Miss Racy Jess that has given the partnership of Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches LLC. a victory in California’s richest derby of any breed – the $987,350 Los Alamitos Super Derby on Sunday.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez for trainer Trey Wood, Miss Racy Jess enjoyed a perfect trip on the way to holding off 2010 Golden State Futurity winner One Sweet Jess by a half-length in a time of :19.766. Her victory in the Super Derby has earned the filly by Mr Jess Perry a starting berth in this year’s $750,000 Champion of Champions to be held on Saturday, December 10. Gary and Donna Hall’s Sunflower Supply Company bred Miss Racy Jess, who was sent off at 9-2 odds.

Having previously posted the fastest qualifying time to this derby, Miss Racy Jess is clearly at the top of her game right now as she approaches the prestigious Champion of Champions.

“We’re ready,” said Dr. Glenn Blodgett, the Burnett Ranches’ resident veterinarian and Horse Division Manager. “We get another shot at the Champion of Champions and hopefully we’ll take this one.”

Burnett Ranches and Johnny Trotter were part of the 2008 Champion of Champions after the millionaire One Famous Eagle won that year’s Los Alamitos Super Derby. One Famous Eagle, who won the 2007 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and is now part of stallion battery at Burnett Ranches’ Four Sixes Ranch, ran fourth to Jess You And I in that year’s running. Interestingly, the now 7-year-old multiple champion Jess You And I is once again one of the main contenders to this year’s Champion of Champions.

“We are looking forward to the Champion of Champions,” Dr. Blodgett said.

“That’s what we were aiming for all along,” Trotter said.

“We like this track,” Dr. Blodgett continued.

“We’re excited because (Miss Racy Jess) seems to like it too,” Trotter added.

Miss Racy Jess arrived at Los Alamitos after failing to qualify to the All American Derby despite winning her August 19th trial by an impressive ¾ lengths.

Stewards, Racing Offices, Horsemen’s Groups:

Rule 1658, Vesting of Title to Claimed Horse, was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on October 4, 2011. It was filed with the Office of the Secretary of State and will become effective tomorrow, Thursday, November 3, 2011.

The amended rule provides that the stewards shall void a claim if the horse suffers a fatality during the running of the race or before the horse is returned to be unsaddled.

Any questions should be directed to Jackie Wagner.

Mike Marten
Public Information Officer
CHRB

CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD
TITLE 4. CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 7. CLAIMING RACES.
RULE 1658. VESTING OF TITLE TO CLAIMED HORSE.

1658. Vesting of Title to Claimed Horse.
(a) Title to a horse which is claimed shall be vested in the successful claimant from the time the field has been dispatched from the starting gate and the horse becomes a starter; and said successful claimant becomes the owner of the horse whether it is sound or unsound, or injured during the race or after it. Only a horse which is officially a starter in the race may be claimed. A subsequent disqualification of the horse by order of the stewards or the Board shall have no effect upon the claim.

(b) The stewards shall void the claim if the horse suffers a fatality during the running of the race or before the horse is returned to be unsaddled.

(c) The claim shall be void if the race is called off, canceled, or declared no contest in accordance with Rule 1544 of this division.



Authority: Sections 19420 and 19440,

Business and Professions Code.



Reference: Section 19562,

Business and Professions Code.




IGOTYOURTAC GETS GOLDEN STATE MILLION VICTORY

For the third consecutive million dollar race at Los Alamitos, a horse that barely qualified to the futurity came away a winner. In two of those three races, the winner has been a horse that has won a “shake” in order to get into the million dollar race. The latest to go from shake winner to million-dollar race hero is Double Bar S Ranch’s Igotyourtac, a son of freshman sire Tac It Like A Man, who upset a tremendous field at 44-1 odds to win the $1,218,400 Golden State Million Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Saul Ramirez and trained by Paul Jones, Igotyourtac won in wire-to-wire fashion while beating second fastest qualifier Jess Lips by a neck in a 400-yard time of :19.729. The bay colt was in the race only because he outshook stablemate Unobetter after the two tied for the 10th fastest qualifying time on trial night back on October 16.

“It was doubly lucky for my barn,” Jones said. “I say that not only because Igotyourtac won this race, but because Unobetter spiked a temperature two days after the shake. We probably would have had to scratch her because of her temperature. It was a huge piece of luck that Igotyourtac won the shake.”

Separate Fire, who saw her hopes of winning the track’s version of the Triple Crown slashed after finishing 10th in the Golden State Million, had previously won the $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity after barely making the field as the ninth fastest qualifier. One Quick First Down won the $2,033,700 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity also after winning a shake to get into the race as the 10th and final qualifier. It’s like horsemen always say: “As long as you’re in it, one always has a chance to win the race.”

The List family of Double Bar S Ranch was simply happy to know that Igotyourtac had made it into the Golden State Million Futurity.

“When we win a nice race we always give the rider a ring,” Rhonda List. “We didn’t think we had a shot to win this race and we didn’t even bring a ring with us to give to Saul. We’ll get him one because he rode a beautiful race tonight.”

Igotyourtac earned $492,828 for the win to lift his career earnings to $510,298. The California homebred began his career with two losses at Remington Park in Oklahoma, but since arriving at Los Alamitos he has won three out of four starts.

“We love racing in California,” List added. “We want to race here. We live (in Moreno Valley). We come here to watch the race and half of our horses are stabled in California. Just because we’ve spread out our horses a little bit, we are still California people.”

Ramirez, who has piloted million dollar race winners Blues Girl Too and One Famous Eagle at Los Alamitos in recent years, received high praise by the winning connections for his riding effort aboard Igotyourtac.

“Rodrigo Aceves had the mount on this horse for the Golden State trials, but in the trials Rodrigo took off to ride Long Gone in the same trial,” Jones began. “ Ramon jumped on the horse, but then had to take off to ride Separate Fire. I was hoping to get Carlos Huerta to ride him, but when Eduardo Nicasio was gone for the weekend he had the chance to ride the fastest qualifier (Last To Fire). We didn’t have a rider for the race, but then Saul called me and asked me if he could ride the horse. Saul is a good guy and a good jockey and very good in big money races. I immediately called the owner and they were thrilled to have him ride the horse. I’m really happy for him because we’ve done well together in the past. It was nice to have him back in the Jones barn.”

“The first thing Saul said coming out of the jockey’s room was ‘thanks for the mount,’ ” List added. “I thought that was pure class. You don’t hear that from a lot of riders. Saul did a great job. He broke beautifully with the horse and then two lanes opened up for him. It was a perfect ride.”

Ramirez saved his praise for Igotyourtac.

“He did everything like a champ,” he said. “He never moved a muscle. He was just looking straight down at the track. He just exploded when the gates opened. He did everything right.”

Things could not be going any better for freshman stallion Tac It Like A Man. A two-time futurity winner as part of that revered class of 2006 that also featured millionaires Blues Girl Too, Jess You And I, FDD Dynasty and No Secrets Here, Tac It Like A Man is quickly proving himself as one of the top young sires in the sport.

“He’s been so impressive as a freshman stallion,” List said. “His fee is $3,000 and we’ll keep it the same in 2012. We want horsemen to come to Lazy E Ranch and breed to this horse and this victory can only help. We are hoping for more great quality mare. He’s a grand horse and a perfect stud with impeccable breeding. You can’t go wrong when you have the blood of champion Jumping Tac Flash on his bottom side and the great First Down Dash on top. It’s a great combination.”

Samuel Valeriano’s Jess Lips remained a maiden after finishing in the Golden State Million, but he’s a rich maiden after picking up a check for $199,478. Ridden by Alejandro Luna for Jaime Gomez, Jess Lips was last at the start of the race, but then came flying to finish in second place.

“This horse ran a tremendous race,” Gomez said. “I’m happy for Samuel because his horse gave him his all and almost won this race. I’m happy for the Double Bar S Ranch because I trained Tac It Like A Man and I loved that horse. He was a beautiful horse to be around.”

Separate Fire’s dream of winning the $1,000,000 Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza ended on Sunday night, but Jones can still sweep the track’s three richest futurities thanks to Igotyourtac. Jones came into the Golden State Million wondering if his trainee Separate Fire would add to her sparkling victories in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million Futurity and Grade 1 Kindergarten Futurity that she posted earlier this year. It was her Ed Burke win that had made her eligible to win the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, which would have earned her a $1,000,000 prize if she could have added wins in the Golden State Million and also the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Instead, it was Igotyourtac that got the job done. Separate Fire, who finished 10th in the Golden State, and Igotyourtac are both eligible to run in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trials on Sunday, November 20.

“It’s hard to imagine that a horse can win the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza,” Jones said. “Hopefully it’ll happen one day, but it’s extremely difficult. It used to be that there one or two good horses that could dominate a campaign, but now there are so many quality horses out there that jump out of nowhere to win a race. There are a lot of good horses out there and that makes winning the Bonanza such a big challenge.”

“This race is bittersweet because Separate Fire could not win, but that’s part of this sport,” Jones continued. “I knew when the draw came up that the 10-hole was not the best draw for Separate Fire. She didn’t have time to settle down in the starting gate. She needed to be in the gate a little longer. She didn’t break all that great and it was over at that point.”

Despite of Separate Fire’s loss, Jones is in the midst of a tremendous streak of stakes wins. The trainer won the Grade 1 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship with Jess You And I on October 9 and the Grade 1 Bank of America Challenge Championship with Favorite Cartel on Saturday night.

“This is turning into a great year.” Jones concluded.

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Last To Fire earned $140,808 for his third place finish. The aforementioned Carlos Huerta piloted the fastest qualifier for trainer Juan Aleman. First Outburst, one of the longest shots on the board at 45-1, earned $82,138 for running fourth and was followed by Long Gone, Terrific Synergy, Fly First Down, Jess Sass Dash, Regardless and Separate Fire.

In the $30,000 Golden State Juvenile Stakes, Check My Thoughts overcame being fractious in the gate to score a ¾ length victory over Whata Corona Runner in a 400-yard time of :19.880. Owned and bred by Ed Allred, the gelded son of Check Him Out earned $16,500 for the win. He also won a division of the California Breeders Freshman Stakes back on Saturday, July 30. Jimmy Glenn saddled Check My Thoughts. Whata Corona Runner made $6,750 for running second. Sammy T, Boss Man Blue, Flying t Bay Cub, Study Hall Pierce, Faith In Motion, Busker, Teller Shez Wicked and Working Girl completed the field.

FAVORITE CARTEL GETS OVERDUE GRADE 1 WIN; CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS IS NEXT

Racing for the partnership of R.D. Hubbard, Paul Jones, Jim Helzer and Thompson Racing Inc, Favorite Cartel won the Grade 1 $353,500 Bank of America Challenge Championship on Saturday at Los Alamitos to earn a berth to the prestigious $750,000 Champion of Champions set for December 10 at the Orange County track.

Winning the Bank of America was a big deal for Favorite Cartel, who has been a frequent Grade 1 competitor in a career that has included the All American Futurity and Derby, Rainbow Futurity and Derby and Los Alamitos Super Derby, but the Bank of America Championship ranks as his first Grade 1 victory. The son of the late Eclipse Award winning Thoroughbred Favorite Trick improved his record to nine wins from 23 starts and earnings of $583,069. Yet, this was not the only big deal involving Favorite Cartel on the night.

“A deal has just been finalized in which Dr. Steve Burns has purchased 50 percent ownership of the horse from R.D. Hubbard and Jim Helzer,” said trainer Paul Jones. “It’s a done deal and Dr. Burns now owns half of the horse, Thompson Racing owns 25 percent and I own 25 percent. Favorite Cartel will stand at Burns Ranch in 2012 and you can print that in big, bold headlines.”

Favorite Cartel’s impressive win in the Bank of America Challenge Championship will certainly earn the stallion a lot of press. It has been a long time coming for the Jones and Thompson-bred runner.

“He finally has his Grade 1 win and we’ve been hoping for that for a long time,” Terry Thompson said. “I had tears in my eyes. This is for my grandpa who died two weeks ago. The 870-yard races are what got me into racing. That’s what I started with. I actually met Paul at the gym and then we became partners on horses. I have 18 now including broodmares, yearlings and racehorses. Winning this race is a shock. It’s incredible.”

Favorite Cartel is out of the winning Corona Cartel mare Shenoshercorona, who is also the dam of stakes winner Shescheckinumout and stakes-placed Hes Regal. Among the horses that Favorite Cartel is expected to face in the Champion of Champions are two very rich stablemates in Los Alamitos Invitational Championship winner Jess You And I and Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner Good Reason SA.

Gerardo Ochoa-Pena’s Rylees Boy, the 6-5 favorite, closed strongly to finish second. The gelding by Heza Motor Scooter has hit the board in each of his last 24 starts, and his victories this year include the Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2) and Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1). The one-time $6,250 claimer has now banked nearly $680,000.

J K Running Horses LLC’s Jess A Runner, who had been racing in Iowa and Minnesota, closed to take third. Kool Cade, Spit Curl Diva, Shining First Dash, Vodka With Ice, Acorn, Devon Dat Cash, What I Want and Stolis Winner completed the field.

FAVORITE CARTEL GETS OVERDUE GRADE 1 WIN; CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS IS NEXT

Racing for the partnership of R.D. Hubbard, Paul Jones, Jim Helzer and Thompson Racing Inc, Favorite Cartel won the Grade 1 $353,500 Bank of America Challenge Championship on Saturday at Los Alamitos to earn a berth to the prestigious $750,000 Champion of Champions set for December 10 at the Orange County track.

Winning the Bank of America was a big deal for Favorite Cartel, who has been a frequent Grade 1 competitor in a career that has included the All American Futurity and Derby, Rainbow Futurity and Derby and Los Alamitos Super Derby, but the Bank of America Championship ranks as his first Grade 1 victory. The son of the late Eclipse Award winning Thoroughbred Favorite Trick improved his record to nine wins from 23 starts and earnings of $583,069. Yet, this was not the only big deal involving Favorite Cartel on the night.

“A deal has just been finalized in which Dr. Steve Burns has purchased 50 percent ownership of the horse from R.D. Hubbard and Jim Helzer,” said trainer Paul Jones. “It’s a done deal and Dr. Burns now owns half of the horse, Thompson Racing owns 25 percent and I own 25 percent. Favorite Cartel will stand at Burns Ranch in 2012 and you can print that in big, bold headlines.”

Favorite Cartel’s impressive win in the Bank of America Challenge Championship will certainly earn the stallion a lot of press. It has been a long time coming for the Jones and Thompson-bred runner.

“He finally has his Grade 1 win and we’ve been hoping for that for a long time,” Terry Thompson said. “I had tears in my eyes. This is for my grandpa who died two weeks ago. The 870-yard races are what got me into racing. That’s what I started with. I actually met Paul at the gym and then we became partners on horses. I have 18 now including broodmares, yearlings and racehorses. Winning this race is a shock. It’s incredible.”

Favorite Cartel is out of the winning Corona Cartel mare Shenoshercorona, who is also the dam of stakes winner Shescheckinumout and stakes-placed Hes Regal. Among the horses that Favorite Cartel is expected to face in the Champion of Champions are two very rich stablemates in Los Alamitos Invitational Championship winner Jess You And I and Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner Good Reason SA.

Gerardo Ochoa-Pena’s Rylees Boy, the 6-5 favorite, closed strongly to finish second. The gelding by Heza Motor Scooter has hit the board in each of his last 24 starts, and his victories this year include the Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2) and Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1). The one-time $6,250 claimer has now banked nearly $680,000.

J K Running Horses LLC’s Jess A Runner, who had been racing in Iowa and Minnesota, closed to take third. Kool Cade, Spit Curl Diva, Shining First Dash, Vodka With Ice, Acorn, Devon Dat Cash, What I Want and Stolis Winner completed the field.

SEPARATE FIRE STILL IN LINE FOR BONANZA; LAST TO FIRE IS FIRST IN TRIAL

Tremor Enterprises LLC’s Separate Fire kept her dream alive of becoming the first horse to win the $1,000,000 Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza, the track’s version of the Triple Crown, after posting the ninth fastest qualifying time while winning her trial to the Grade 1 $1,218,400 Golden State Million Futurity on Sunday.

Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Separate Fire covered the distance in :19.902 or about 2/10ths of a second behind Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ fastest qualifier Last To Fire, who won the fifth of 10 trials in a time of :19.707. Separate Fire has been in this situation before, as she also posted the ninth fastest qualifying time to the Ed Burke Million Futurity before returning to win the million dollar final.

The complete list of qualifiers to the Golden State Million final to be held on Sunday, October 30 is as follows: Last Fire (:19.707), Jess Lips (:19.714), Terrific Synergy (:19.805), Long Gone (:19.813), Fly First Down (:19.850), First Outburst (:19.861), Regardless (:19.877), Jess Sass Dash (:19.893) and Separate Fire (:19.902). The 10th spot will be decided via shake between Double Bar S Ranch’s Igotyourtac and Desiree Princess Ranch LLC’s Unobeter, who both clocked in at :19.916.

As for Separate Fire, her Ed Burke Million victory made her eligible for the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza. The daughter of Walk Thru Fire will earn a $1,000,000 bonus if she goes on to win the Golden State Million Futurity and also the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.

“It’s nerve wracking when you have a horse this good,” said nine-time champion AQHA trainer Paul Jones. “She was coming back to race after a long layoff and you never know how a horse will comeback after time off. She ran a fantastic race. It was a monster effort and there was no tailwind to help her out. She just kept on going and I’m pleased that she made the Golden State Million final.”

Separate Fire will be going after her third major futurity win of the year in the Golden State Million finale. In addition to the 350-yard Ed Burke, Separate Fire also won the 300-yard Kindergarten Futurity earlier this year.

“She did her job,” said Jose Trevino of Tremor Enterprises. “She finished well and did every right.”

Trevino acquired Walk Thru Fire from the consignment of Dr. Steve Burns at the Heritage Place Sale. The owner wanted a baby by Walk Thru Fire in his stable and Separate Fire was the chosen one. Jose Trevino and wife Zulema have enjoyed several important victories in recent years. In addition to Separate Fire’s exploits, Tremor Enterprises have also landed in the winner’s circle with Mr Piloto in the 2010 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico and with Champion Tempting Dash in the $1,105,397 Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park in Texas in 2009.

Separate Fire won her trial by ¾ lengths to improve her career record to five wins in six starts. Her only loss is that third place finish in the Ed Burke Million trials, which saw her sneak into the final with the ninth fastest time.

TOP TWO QUALIFIERS EXIT SAME HEAT

Jesus Avila and Jesus Cuevas’ Last To Fire edged Samuel Valeriano’s Jess Lips by a nose on the way to posting the fastest qualifying time of :19.707 to the Golden State Million Futurity. Jess Lips finished with second fastest qualifying time of the night after crossing the wire in :19.714.

Avila and Cuevas have enjoyed good success over the years at Los Alamitos and the two cousins are best known for having campaigned former track record holder and 2007 Los Alamitos Winter Derby winner A Stoli Mate. Avila and Cueavs have also raced Kool Cowboy, the runner-up in last year’s Kindergarten Futurity, plus 2005 Kindergarten Futurity fourth place finisher Eye Jess Cant Wait and this year’s Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist A Country Boy Can.

“Racing is our hobby,” Jesus Avila said. “It can be expensive at times, but it’s something that we love and enjoy a great deal. We gelded Last To Fire after his second start (in late May). We gave him some rest and then started swimming him. We kept him active because we knew he had some tough races ahead. He came back on (September 23) and ran fifth in a maiden race. We just wanted him to get back into form and that race helped him accomplish what he did tonight. We bought him for $9,700 as a yearling and now we wouldn’t sell him for triple that amount. We’re very pleased.”



Avila of Long Beach, California and Cuevas of Fresno, California, became business partners at the encouragement of Avila, who grew up loving the sport. Cuevas, on the other hand, admits not knowing much about racing growing up in Michoacan, Mexico. The two paid $16,000 for their first horse, but that did not pan out. The horse never even had a workout. Avila described their horse as one that “just wasn't born to run."
Cuevas could have packed it in right then, but that wasn’t’ his style. He was determined to be successful in horse racing. And they did it thanks to A Stoli Mate, who in November of 2007 set a 400-yard track record by breaking the track record shared by champions Blues Girl Too and Ocean Runaway.

Avila and Cuevas both own transportation businesses. Avila’s Sky Distribution Express is a 20-truck operation that serves all of Southern California.

“Business is tough,” he said. “There’s a lot of competition and the price for diesel fuel is high. We are hoping that Last To Fire can earn some good money in the Golden State Million final to help push us ahead in our business.”

The second fastest qualifier and runner-up in this trial is Samuel Valeriano’s Jess Lips, who remains a maiden after four career starts. The Texas-bred colt by Mr Jess Perry has finished second in each of his last three starts.

“We’re going to break his maiden in the million dollar race,” said trainer Jaime Gomez. “Why can’t he do it? He ran a great trial race and he’s doing great here. I have to thank trainer Eddie Willis because he sent me this horse and also Thru The Fire, who qualified last night to the Los Alamitos Super Derby. Eddie has been out here the past couple of years and he liked the way that I ran my stable. I was thrilled to get these nice horses and thrilled that both qualified to some very big races.”

Valeriano made a family vacation out of the trials to the Golden State Million Futurity. The owner visited Los Alamitos Race Course with his father and son, both named Gregorio.

“I’ve loved horses since I was a young boy,” said Valeriano of Odessa, Texas. “We had some riding horses, but it wasn’t until 2008 that I started owning race horses. I bought a mare named Treasured Corona in Lubbock, Texas. We’ve been racing horses ever since. We got our first win at Manor Downs with a filly by Ocean Runaway who broke her maiden in her first out. I’ve raced in Oklahoma and also at Sunland Park, Ruidoso Downs, Lone Star, Retama and now Los Alamitos Race Course. We’ve had horses with Eddie, Heath Reed, Robert Sanchez and Toby Keeton. Los Alamitos is my favorite track now because we’ve qualified to a Grade 1 race for the first time. To get into this race is one of the best feelings I’ve had in a long time.”

“Samuel is a good guy,” Gomez said. “I first met him at Heritage Place. He’s thinking about sending some horses here in the future so I’m looking forward to that.”

Valeriano has run Reliable Transport LLC since 2007, an Odessa-based company in the oil field transportation business. His family also owns Valeriano Racing Stables, a five-acre ranch also in Odessa.

“We keep our four broodmares and yearlings there,” he said. “We have about 28 horses in total. We’ve also started breeding and we just recently purchased two Walk Thru Fire babies that we’ll race next year. We purchased Jess Lips for $27,000 at the Ruidoso Sale last year. We liked him because he’s a full brother to Jesse James Jr.”

Jesse James Jr loved Los Alamitos, as he won the 2005 First Down Dash Handicap and was second in the Golden State Derby, third in the Los Alamitos Derby and fourth in the Southern California Derby in 2004.

A TERRIFIC EFFORT

Making his first start since a strong comeback to finish fourth in the Ed Burke Million Futurity, Billy Smith and Pat Guthrie’s Terrific Synergy flew past his rivals to win the fourth trial to the Golden State Million Futurity. Ridden by G.R. Carter, who picked up the mount in placed of Jacky Martin, Terrific Synergy broke fourth before rolling powerfully in the second half of the race to post a half length victory in a time of :19.805.



“We’ve had this plan all along,” said trainer Cody Joiner. “Our goal was to run him in the big million dollar races here. We were looking at about seven races with him and to get him into this final, that’s exactly what we were playing for. He came out healthy after the Ed Burke and then we sent him to Double Bar S Ranch for some time off. He’s a big colt. He was big when we saw him at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale last year. He was all legs. He’s now starting to fill out and really becoming a good looking horse.”



Terrific Synergy’s mother is Terrific Energy, a multiple Grade 1 winner at the Orange County track in 2009. Terrific Energy won that year’s Charger Bar Handicap and Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap.



“A lot of people tell me that Terrific Synergy looks exactly like his mother,” Joiner added. “He looks like her to a T. After this long layoff he has a little bit nervous. He definitely looked fresher than usual when he was warming up. This race will settle him back down.”



Billy Smith and Pat Guthrie have raced horses together for quite some time now. Along with Vessels Stallion Farm, Smith and Guthrie famously campaigned the two-time champion colt FDD Dynasty, who has since been syndicated to stud. FDD Dynasty is the sire of Terrific Synergy.



“I always dreamed of having a good stallion and it looks like FDD Dynasty is that horse,” Smith said. “His babies are showing up when the money is down. Earlier today he had a winner in one of the Challenge races at Turf Paradise. Everyone I’ve talked to tells me that his babies seem to get better and better with training. I always preferred buying horses at the sale instead of breeding horses, but I remember listening to breeders talking about this horse they bred and that horse. Now I’m always looking after the FDD Dynasty babies and whenever I see one do well I get as excited as if I owned the horse.”



Smith is involved in land developing in New Mexico and also owns the state’s largest Taxi company and is also involved in a self storage business. Smith owned his first horse in 1981 by the name of High Handed. He went on to qualify to that year’s Kansas Futurity, losing to the eventual Triple Crown winner Special Effort. Smith has enjoyed a lot of success over the years.



“I’ve had a Grade 1 qualifier each year for the past seven years except for 2010,” he said. “I had a beautiful filly, but she was bitten by a (recluse spider) and that ended her racing career. She was supposed to be my big gun last year.



“I love this game and I have a passion for it,” Smith added. “It’s exciting to run Terrific Synergy because we ran his daddy. Cody has done a good job for us. For a young man he has tremendous patience. He and his dad, Mike, do a great job together.”



Guthrie retired after selling his company, Health Care Financial Advisors, in 1998 when he was 44-year-olds. The company provided financial consulting services for hospitals around the nation. Guthrie got involved in Quarter Horses after spending the summers in Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico. At Ruidoso, Guthrie and Smith qualified to the Rainbow Futurity with a horse by the name of Jess Delightful and also raced in the All American Futurity with Jess Satin.

CHARISMATIC LONG GONE WINS AGAIN

Armando Leon’s Long Gone delivered another outstanding performance after posting a half-length victory over Double Bar S Ranch’s Igotyourtac in the seventh trial to the Golden State Million Futurity. Long Gone covered the distance in :19.813. The colt by TR Dasher has had a notable freshman campaign. He was disqualified from first and placed ninth in the Governor’s Cup Futurity and then posted a hard-fought second place finish in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. Long Gone’s win in this trial took his record to four victories from seven starts.

“He’s a veteran runner now and he’s becoming more professional with each race,” trainer Adan Farias said. “He was running greenly early in his career, but he’s getting better and better from that standpoint.”

Long Gone’s DQ in the Governor’s Cup is the only time that’s he’s finished out of the money. Ed Allred bred the colt, who is a full brother to the Champion of Champions qualifier Snitcher.

INVADER SHINES IN LOCAL DEBUT

Tremor Enterprises LLC’s Fly First Down scored an impressive victory in his debut performance at Los Alamitos, as the son of First Down Dash cruised to a 1 ¼ length victory in Sunday’s opening trial to the Golden State Million Futurity.

Ridden by Francisco Rubio, Fly First Down flew out of the gate from post six and then pulled away en route to his daylight victory in a 400 yard time of :19.850. Fly First Down arrived at Los Alamitos after finishing seventh in the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity. The Steve Burns-bred runner then had an easy gate workout under the lights at Los Alamitos, covering the 350 yards in :18.50. Fly First Down, who was all the rage at the New Mexico mountain after posting the fastest qualifying time to the Ruidoso Futurity, has now won two of three career starts.

“He was a little sore after the Ruidoso Futurity so we decided to take it easy with him,” said Jose Trevino of Tremor Enterprises. “His issues were not that concerning, but we still wanted him to have some rest before this race.”

“I received a call out of the blue from Mr. Trevino and he asked me to train Fly First Down and Natalie Dash,” said trainer Jose Flores. “I was very excited to do so because those are two good horses. Both horses are doing well and I’m especially happy with Fly First Down. We’ll see how his time holds up, but I don’t care if we’re the fastest qualifier or the 10th fastest qualifier as long as we are a qualifier.”



Dennie and Kris Hill’s Whata Corona Runner ran second to make it back to back races in which the Utah-bred colt has hit the board in a futurity trial at Los Alamitos. He previously ran second to Long Gone in a trial to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity.



TRAINER ENJOYS HER BIGGEST WIN YET

On January 21, 2011, trainer Kristen Watanabe saddled her first winner ever at Los Alamitos Race Course when the 5-year-old sprinter Gordon Rb won the evening’s 10th race. Watanabe can now boast her first futurity trial winner after Samuel Henderson’s First Outburst upset the field to win his trial to the Golden State Million Futurity. Sent off at odds of 16-1, First Outburst covered the distance in :19.861 while defeating Jennifers Challenge by ¾ lengths.



Watanabe began training in 2010 after a decade of working for 1997 AQHA Champion Trainer Donna McArthur. For 11 years, Watanabe also dated the highly respected jockey Sam Thompson, who passed away in December 2008 following a riding accident at Los Alamitos Race Course.



For many years, Watanabe was sided by side with McArthur in the winner’s circle for many important stakes wins recorded by champions like Corona Kool and Deelish.



REGARDLESS CONTINUES PERFECT SEASON

Owned, bred and trained by Angela Aquino, Regardless continues to do everything perfectly at Los Alamitos. The gelded son of Chicks Regard qualified to the Golden State Million following a terrific 1 ¼ length victory in the 10th and final trial of the evening. Regardless began preparing for his racing career by posting back-to-back bullet workouts at Los Alamitos. He had the fastest of 17 drills at 220 yards on August 16 and then the fastest of 11 drills at 220 yards on September 6. His September workout has been described by several Los Alamitos racing observers as one of the best drills posted by a 2-year-old this season. Regardless continued his great workout in his maiden outing, as he posted a crushing 1 ¼ length victory in a time of :15.29. He was all business in his trial, as he scored another 1 ¼ length victory while drawing away from his rivals to the tune of a :19.877 clocking.

Regardless was ridden by Eddie Garcia, the track’s all-time leading rider in wins and stakes wins. Garcia has won the Golden State Million twice, first with champion Artesias Specialchic in 1997 and then with millionaire Tres Passes in 2008.

Aquino, meanwhile, comes from a racing family. Her dad, Carlos Aquino, rode all over Southern California for many years and her mom, Betsy, was solid trainer in the Northern California fair circuit and also at Los Alamitos. Aquino’s sister, Elena Andrade, is also a trainer, who in 2006 saddled Poly Give One Corona to the fastest qualifying time to the Kindergarten Futurity. Angela Aquino owned and eventually trained One Fast Cartel, who ran in the 2001 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and in the 2002 Los Alamitos Winter Derby and Southern California Derby.

SOLID TRIAL WINNERS

It doesn’t matter where his futurity trials are held, Danny Thomas and John Anderson’s Flying T Bay Cub is always coming out on top. The colt by Brookstone Bay won his third trial race in a row, this one by a half length in the Golden State Million trials. Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Bret Vickery, Flying T Bay Cub covered the distance in :19.926. He previously won his trial to the All American Futurity by neck and prior to that he scored in a trial to the Rocky Mountain Spring Classic Futurity. Unfortunately for Flying T Bay Cub, he has not been able to qualify to a final yet. His next attempt to qualify to an important futurity will come in the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity.
Armando Leon’s Finisterra, a filly sired by FDD Dynasty, finished powerfully to defeat Ed Allred’s Once Over by a head in the sixth trial to the Golden State Million Futurity. Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm and Cody Joiner, Finisterra was picking up her first win in six career starts while covering the distance in :20.186. She’ll now be pointed to run in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trials. Adan Farias saddled Finisterra, who was ridden by Rodrigo Aceves.

Ed Allred’s Study Hall Pierce, a filly by TR Dasher, posted a wire to wire victory in a time of :20.016 to win her trial to the Golden State Million Futurity. Bred by her owner, Study Hall Pierce has now won three of four career starts with her only non-victory being a third place finish in the California Breeders Freshman Stakes. Eduardo Nicasio piloted her for trainer Cody Joiner.

TALENTED YOUNG TRAINER DELIVERS FASTEST QUALIFIER IN SUPER DERBY TRIALS

Trey Wood’s first venture to Los Alamitos Race Course turned out to be a successful one, as the outstanding 23-year-old trainer saddled Burnett Ranches and Johnny Trotter’s Miss Racy Jess to the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 1 $987,500 Los Alamitos Super Derby on Saturday.

Ridden by Ricky Ramirez, Miss Racy Jess scored her second win in a row while beating 2010 Golden State Futurity winner One Sweet Jess by a half length in the third of four trials at 400 yards. The daughter of Mr Jess Perry covered the distance in :19.646 and improved her record to five wins in nine career starts. She’ll now be joined by trial winners Flying Fig, the champion 2-year-old filly last year, Thru The Fire and seven other top sophomore sprinters in the Super Derby final to be held on Sunday, November 6. The winner of the Super Derby will earn an automatic starting berth to the $750,000 Champion of Champions to be held on Saturday, December 10.

“(Miss Racy Jess) started coming into her own again at the end of this year’s Ruidoso meet,” Wood said. “She got bumped hard in the All American Futurity last year and that got stuck in her mind for a couple of races. She was our best shot to win the All American, but that was a bad trip. It was just bad horse racing luck. She broke well tonight.”

Wood, the son of top Quarter Horse trainer Blane Wood, enjoyed a breakout season last year. The young trainer won races at a 35 percent clip during the 2010 Lone Star Park meeting while securing his second straight training title there. The highlight was saddling Bodacious Dash to victory in the Grade 1 $1,036,612 Texas Classic Quarter Horse Futurity. Bodacious Dash ran in Saturday’s Los Alamitos Super Derby trials, but he could only manage a third place finish in his heat following a slow break.

“He’s a big colt and can be a little bit of a clown,” Wood said. “Miss Racy Jess is a little different in that she hardly ever makes a mistake. She got the job done in her trial and he didn’t. He’s a better horse than he showed tonight. He’ll run again at Los Alamitos. We want to qualify him to the Champion of Champions.”

After running second in the Rainbow Derby, Bodacious Dash is eligible to run in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials, which serve as the trials to the Champion of Champions.

Wood will leave town on Sunday and return to the Southwest to tend to his horses there.

“I have 45 head at Lone Star Park and we also have horses at (Zia Park),” he said.

Wood’s charge, Call A Fast Corona, posted the fastest qualifying time to the Restricted Grade 2 $322,283 New Mexico Classic Futurity. Earlier this year, Wood saddled the late Valiant War Hero to a world record setting victory in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity at 300 yards.

“I like to stay busy,” he said. “I’ve been doing this my whole life. My grandpa, my dad, my mom, this is a family business.”

Legacy Ranch and Muller Racing’s Flying Fig, who finished second in each of the million dollar futurities held at Los Alamitos last year, made her local sophomore debut a winning one. Ridden by Ramon Sanchez and saddled by Denny Ekins, the champion filly won her trial easily by a half length. Her time of :19.701 makes her the second fastest qualifier to the Super Derby.

“She had a tough out at Ruidoso Downs so we just brought her back home,” said Pete Parella of Legacy Ranch. “We checked her out to make sure she had not injured herself and then we decided to just concentrate on running her in this race. The name of this game is to be patient. I wanted her to show us that she still wants to be a runner because sometimes horses lose that after a tough start. She showed us tonight that she still wants to run.”

SEPARATE FIRE HEADLINES FULL NIGHT OF FUTURITY TRIALS ON SUNDAY

Tremor Racing’s Separate Fire will begin her quest to win the second leg of the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza when she competes in the ninth of 10 trials to the Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos. The program will offer a smorgasbord of Quarter Horse racing action as all 10 races on the card will be trial races contested at 400 yards. First post time is 5:30 p.m.

Trained by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Separate Fire returns to action following a long layoff. Bred by Dr. Steve Burns, the Walk Thru Fire has not raced since winning the $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 26 to secure the first leg of the Bonanza. Separate Fire can get a step closer to claiming the $1 million Bonanza Cash bonus if she wins the Golden State Million final on Sunday, October 30 followed by a victory in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Sunday, December 11. The task is monumental, as no horse has ever swept the three futurities since the program’s inception in 1998.

Separate Fire is the nation’s top rated 2-year-old filly thanks to her wins in the Ed Burke Million at 350 yards and also the Kindergarten Futurity at 300 yards. The sorrel filly has won four of five starts and her only blemish was a third place finish when she ran into trouble in her Ed Burke trial. She came back from that hiccup to win the Ed Burke by a neck. A winner of $605,082, Separate Fire has since posted a 350-yard gate drill in :17.70. All signs point to Separate Fire being ready to blast out of the gate on Sunday night. Her main rival in this race could be Ed Allred’s Check My Thoughts, who posted a :17.30 clocking - same as Separate Fire’s winning time in the Ed Burke - when winning the California Breeders Freshman Stakes on July 30. The corpulent gelding has two wins from three career starts.

The list of horses competing in the Golden State trials is an outstanding one. In addition to Separate Fire, Tremor Racing will also be represented by Fly First Down, who was a three length winner when posting the fastest qualifying time to the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity on May 27. Sent off as a heavy favorite, the son of First Down Dash ran seventh to longshot Silver For Me in the Ruidoso final. Now in the barn of trainer Jose Flores, Fly First Down will make only his third career start and first ever at Los Alamitos. He did post a nice evening workout over the racing strip when drilling 350 yards in an easy :18.50 on September 17. Francisco Rubio will ride the Dr. Burns-bred runner in the first trial of the night.

The fourth trial will feature another invader to watch in Desiree Princess Ranch’s Jess Sass Dash, who finished second in an allowance test during his local debut on September 23. Trained by Paul Jones, Jess Sass Dash was sixth in the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity in July and also ran in the Ruidoso Juvenile Stakes. The First Down Dash colt has hit the board in five of six starts. Pat Guthrie and Billy Smith’s Terrific Synergy will join Jess Sass Dash in this heat. The gelded son of FDD Dynasty ran fourth in the Ed Burke Million and prior to that solid effort he scored a pair of strong victories.

Fast forwarding to trial number six, Allred’s Once Over is one of the most exciting horses racing in the trials. The Walk Thru Fire colt won his debut by 3/4 lengths despite racing greenly and if he’s learned from that effort, he could be a joy to watch on Sunday. Scott Willoughby will saddle the son of the promising young broodmare Look Her Over.

Armando Leon’s Long Gone does a quick turnaround for this race having just finished second following a heated duel with Ima Chickie Two in the Grade 2 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on October 1. While Ima Chickie Two is skipping this race, Long Gone is back to work against a tough group of horses that includes Dutch Masters III’s Ed Burke Million fastest qualifier Fire Moon Lady and Eaves and Kessinger’s two-time winner Delight At Night, who has impressed in both of his victories for the red-hot combination of trainer Juan Aleman and jockey Eduardo Nicasio. Long Gone, Fire Moon Lady, Delight At Night and the rest of this field will see action in trial number seven.



To Official Veterinarians, Trainers and Practicing Veterinarians


From Rick M. Arthur, DVM Equine Medical Director

Subject PHENYLBUTAZONE AND FLUNIXIN LEVELS

Effective for races after October 1, 2011, CHRB official veterinarians will prepare courtesy notices for trainers with horses testing over 2ug/ml for phenylbutazone or 20ng/ml for flunixin (Banamine). The Maddy lab issues Final Reports from testing results to the CHRB split sample custodian which are then forwarded to each official veterinarian. The whole process takes about 2 weeks. The courtesy notices can be picked up from the receiving barns at each track. They will not be delivered as are official notifications from violations. These are not official notification; they are being provided to assist trainers in adapting management practices to meet new phenylbutazone and flunixin levels already approved by the Board.

LOS ALAMITOS EQUINE SALE ENJOYS HUGE INCREASES ACROSS THE BOARD

The Los Alamitos Equine Sale enjoyed a tremendous 37% increase in both the average price of yearlings sold and average price of total sale during its two-day event on October 1-2.
“This was an outstanding sale,” said Bud Alessio, the president of the sale’s managing company, the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association. “We had eight yearlings that sold for over $100,000, which is twice as many as what we had last year, plus the average yearling price was the Equine Sale’s best since 2006. We are grateful that our consignors brought so many well-bred and beautiful horses to the sale and our buyers were happy with the quality and variety of horses available.”

The average price for the 295 yearlings sold was $18,053 – up from last year’s average of $13,211. The yearlings sold for a gross total of $5,325,600 and there were only 34 repurchases made for an extremely buy back ratio of only 11.5%. The total sales came in at $5,809,600 with the 340 horses sold averaging a price of $17,087, up considerably from last year’s average of $12,452.

Jose F. Rodriguez purchased Streak Hitter, a colt by leading stallion Walk Thru Fire out of Chickasis, by Chicks Beduino, for the sale topping price of $190,000. Streak Hitter is a full brother to Governor’s Cup Futurity and Derby winner Hot Hitter, an earner of $500,602 in his career. Consigned by Ed Allred, Streak Hitter is a half brother to multiple stakes winner Hard Hitting ($358,923) and former Los Alamitos track record holder Lassen County ($146,229).

Divine Cartel, a full brother to Grade 1 stakes finalist Corona Crystal, and Jess Bet On Me, a half brother to the two-time Grade 1 winner of $795,484 Separate Bet, were the second highest sellers at $150,000 each. Juan R. Lopez purchased Divine Cartel, a Corona Cartel colt out of Swiftette, by Merridoc, from Burns Ranch, Agent for A Regal Choice, Inc. Jess Bet On Me, a colt by Feature Mr Jess out of Better Bet On Me, by First Down Dash, was bought by the partnership of Jess Bet On Me Inc. from the Vessels Stallion Farm consignment.

Jesus Alameda paid $135,000 for Bonos Party to make this full sister to World Champion Be A Bono the top selling broodmare. Consigned by Childers Ranch, Bonos Party is the mother of Grade 1 Golden State Million Futurity winner The Partys On Fire and restricted Grade 2 runner-up This Partys Fire. A 2012 embryo due (conceived March 26) by Walk Thru Fire was part of the purchase price. Boosted by the sale of Bonos Party, the average price of $10,227 for 41 broodmares sold represented a 59% increase from last year’s average of $6,430.

Hot Hitting, a full brother to sale topper Streak Hitter, was purchased for $130,000 by bloodstock agent Dennis Winn. In addition to Streak Hitter and Hot Hitting, the productive Chickasis is also the dam of Chickahit, a filly by TR Dasher, who sold for $70,000 to Ronald Skeen and Fawna Knight. Consigned by Ed Allred, the three yearlings out of Chickasis sold for a combined $390,000.



Juan Lopez was the leading buyer with two purchases for $210,000, followed by Jose Rodriguez with one for $190,000 and Robert Williams who purchased two horses for $190,000. Edward C. Allred was the leading consignor with 37 head selling for $1,177,500. Vessels Stallion Farm, LLC sold 42 head for $797,400 and Burns Ranch, Agent had 26 horses sell for $494,000.



Mr Jess Perry led the sires at the sale with five yearlings averaging $80,400. Corona Cartel was next with three averaging $69,667, while Walk Thru Fire had 33 yearlings that sold for an average of $40,591. Complete sale info can be found at www.losalamitosequinesale.com For more info, please call the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association at 714-236-1755.

IMA CHICKIE TWO ENJOYS CLEAN TRIP ON THE WAY TO BREEDERS FUTURITY WIN

Don and Kathy Meneely were rushing to the winner’s circle sporting huge smiles after their filly, Ima Chickie Two, won the Grade 2 $500,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on Saturday at Los Alamitos. Don could only think of one thing.

“Am I dreaming?” he wondered.

Kathy had done her dreaming a couple of days before the running of the Breeders Futurity.

“Two nights ago I dreamt that Ima Chickie Two had won this race,” she said. “And then I woke up and I was so mad when I realized it was a dream. I wanted to go back to sleep to keep that dream going.”

Ima Chickie Two made sure that her owners’ dream became reality after an impressive half-length victory in stakes record time of :17.193 at 350 yards. The daughter of Chicks Beduino broke the mark set by The Goodbye Kisser in this race last year. Ramon Sanchez piloted Ima Chickie Two to victory for trainer Adan Farias, who also saddled the runner-up Long Gone, third place finisher Illegal Smile and fifth place finisher Stolis Diamond.

Ima Chickie Two was enjoying her first trouble free race in a futurity final after facing a troubled trip in the Kindergarten Futurity while also being involved in that highly profile disqualification of Long Gone from first place to ninth in the Governor’s Cup Futurity. It was Ima Chickie Two that Long Gone interfered with on the way to costing him the race.

“It was unfortunate that it happened because Long Gone because he’s a stablemate and (Rodrigo Aceves) is the jockey that qualified Ima Chickie Two to the Governor’s Cup,” Kathy said.

“We’ve been in racing for a while so we know those kinds of things happen,” Don said. “They’re part of racing.”

“We were disappointed because we wanted the black type for her and her mother,” she added.

“In the Governor’s Cup during the fourth, fifth and sixth trials, no one got into the top 10,” Don continued. “Then we came in the seventh trial and ended up with the fastest time. We didn’t know how fast she could be, but we’ve always felt that if she could just get out there and whiff some clean air that she could run and handle the field.”

After the downer that was the Governor’s Cup, Aceves piloted her to another victory, this time a 1 ¾ length decision in the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity trial. Her time of :17.40 was just off the fastest time set by Long Gone. She outdid herself in the finale, going wire to wire for her fourth win in starts. She earned $205,800 to take her career earnings to $239,573.

“She’s a homebred,” beamed Kathy when someone asked where they purchased Ima Chickie Two. “We bought her mother.”

“You know we used to run in the Tri-City area in Washington and we had three or four okay runners,” Don said. “One day I told Kathy, let’s get rid of these so-so runners and let’s buy a good one. She said ‘okay, let’s do it’ and that was it. We bought Ima Chickie Two’s mother, First Down Dream.”

Aa full sister to champion Tiny First Effort and $300,000 winner Tiny First Down, First Down Dream is one of two broodmares own by the couple. The other one is the outstanding runner Dasha Freda, who they purchased for $40,000 at the 2003 Heritage Place Sale. She went on to win the 2005 Bayer Legend California Challenge at Los Alamitos, finished second in the La Primera Del Ano Derby, and was a finalist in the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity.

“We now have three broodmares with Ima Chickie Two,” said Kathy in a flash.

“We’re going to skip the Golden State Million Futurity trials and aim for the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity trials,” Don added. “She’s been in three futurities starting with the Kindergarten so it’s time to take care of her. The Golden State trials are a little too close for us to run her back.”

Farias believes that the time off will help Ima Chickie Two a lot.

“Every time she runs fresh she does well,” he said. “Having three weeks in between the PCQHRA Breeders trials and this final was a huge benefit.”

Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, Long Gone earned $83,300 for running second.

“Long Gone is the real deal,” Farias said. “Going back to the Governor’s Cup, I wasn’t disappointed with Long Gone, not at all. He’s just a baby and he’s still learning. I did feel terrible for Ima Chickie Two because that took all her chances to win. I’m glad to see them so happy after this race.”

The complete order of finish is as follows: Ima Chickie Two, Long Gone, Illegal Smile, Kindly Fellow, Stolis Diamond, Natalie Dash, Mr TR Dasher, A First Down Snow, Azzia and Taras Secret.

OPENING YEARLING SESSION OF EQUINE SALE SHOWS 24.3% INCREASE

The opening session of the two-day Los Alamitos Equine Sale on Saturday afternoon enjoyed a 24.3% increase on the average price of yearlings sold over last year’s first day. The average price for the 141 yearlings purchased on Saturday was $16,309 – up from last year’s opening day yearling average of $13,121.

Divine Cartel, a full brother to Grade 1 stakes finalist Corona Crystal, was the top seller of the day at $150,000. Juan R. Lopez purchased the Corona Cartel colt out of Swiftette, by Merridoc, from Burns Ranch, Agent for A Regal Choice, Inc. Corona Crystal won six races for $163,463 and was a finalist to the Grade 1 Ed Burke Memorial Million Futurity, Grade 1 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby. Corona Crystal is the mother of the winner of $215,914 Crystal Sola.

“I was pleased with the purchase price of Divine Cartel,” said Francisco Flores of A Regal Choice Inc. “We believe is a great looking horse and wish his buyer all the success in the world.”

Two other horses sold for six-figures on Saturday. Robert H. Williams purchased the Mr Jess Perry filly Ballet Russes, a half sister to stakes winners Dutch Schultz, Spike It And Fly and Rule The Skies, for $100,000 from Kelly/Yearsley Equine LLC & Burnett Ranches LLC. Ballet Russes is out of Sky Chicks, by Chicks Beduino, to also make her a half sister to the multiple Grade 1 finalist Duke Kahanamoku and the Grade 3 stakes placed runner Lite Up The Skies.

“We are pleased,” said J. Garvan Kelly. “And we also believe that Ballet Russes is worth every penny of her $100,000 sale price.”

Guillermo Morales, Agent for Federico Becera, bought an unnamed filly by Walk Thru Fire out the young broodmare Special And Proud from Edward C. Allred consignment for $100,000. The filly’s second dam is the blue hen mare Oh La Proud, the mother of Grade 1 winners Hawkish and Hawkinson and stakes winners Pride Of Katella, Look Her Over and Mister Katella. Joe Muniz paid $96,000 for a half brother of Ballet Russes from the Lazy E Ranch Consignment. Named Deanie O Banion, the colt is from the first crop of 2006 All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here.

Gross sales for Saturday’s yearling session were $2,299,500. There were only 16 repurchases from the 157 yearlings that entered the sale ring. The average sale price for the 25 broodmares sold was $5,255 – an increase of 17.07% from last year’s figures. The top selling mare was Strict, from the Ed Allred consignment. The Separatist mare was purchased for $23,500 by Guillermo Morales, Agent for Rigo Olivas.



The stallion Looking For Chicks, the sire of two-time Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap winner Sheza Bad Habit, was purchased for $20,000 by Julio Cesar Encinas. A total of 169 heads sold on Saturday for a gross total of $2,511,800. The average for the first session excluding 21 repurchases rose 21.4% to $14,863 from $12,246 in 2010.

The final session of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale will get underway at 10 a.m. on Sunday. Live video of the sale and preliminary sale results, including hip-by-hip prices are available at www.losalamitosequinesale.com. For more info, please call 714-820-2690.


PCQHRA Breeders Derby

Onemoreglassofwine, the upset winner of Friday’s $168,500 PCQHRA Breeders Derby, was another of the late great Frank “Scoop” Vessels’ experiments.

“Scoop lived and breathed Quarter Horse bloodlines,” said Kevin Dickson, the ranch manager of Vessels Stallion Farm. “He had a knack for breeding horses and he was so good at it. This filly is a perfect example of Scoop at his very best. I remember him throwing his arms in the air and saying, ‘You know, this is a total of experiment, but I think we should try it.’ ”

“Scoop” Vessels’ experiment was to breed Fine Wines, a daughter of First Down Dash, to Heza Fast Dash, a son of Heza Fast Man and out of a full sister to First Down Dash.

“He wanted to get the First Down Dash blood back on the top side of his horses,” Dickson added. “Those were the kind of experiments that Scoop loved to do and a lot of the time they’ve worked. This filly is from the great family former world record holder Kendall Jackson and graded stakes winner Champagne Lane.”

The experiment certainly worked with Onemoreglassofwine. The sorrel filly held off the charge of Dr. Steve Burns’ Enjoy The Walk to win the Breeders Derby by a neck while posting a stakes record time of :19.332 in the 400-yard race. Sent off at odds of 9-1, Onemoreglassofwine had a ¾ length lead early on, but Enjoy The Walk made things very interesting late in the race as she moved up from sixth place to finish second. In the end, Onemoreglassofwine left her connections toasting victoriously after she recorded her third win in 10 career starts. Onemoreglassofwine earned $66,750 for the win to take her career earnings to $81,500.

“It feels great to have this victory on this weekend of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale,” Dickson added. “Scoop was all about this sale and even going back to the Vessels/Schvaneveldt sale, he absolutely loved having people come to his farm. He loved it. He was like a kid in a candy store, but it was his candy store. He loved this weekend and he would have loved this win.”

Ramon Sanchez piloted Onemoreglassofwin for 36-year-old trainer Francisco Ramirez, who was enjoying his first stakes win ever. While his name is new in the training ranks, Ramirez has been a familiar face at Los Alamitos for many years.

“I worked for trainer Paul Jones and I broke a lot of his horses, like Foose, Wave Carver and Fantastic Corona Jr. My brother Abel Ramirez is also a jockey, but he’s hurt right now. We’ve been involved in racing for a lot of year. Four years ago Scoop Vessels gave me a chance to go to his ranch and help with his horses. He encouraged me a lot and told me that I could be a trainer. He gave me a great opportunity and the entire team at Vessels has continued that support. I love what I’m doing. I help with everything at the ranch. I break horses, I helped with the sales prep, I gallop and I’m training. It feels great to have so many good people believing in you.”

Ridden by Cody Jensen for trainer Mike Casselman, Enjoy The Walk earned $26,945 for finishing second. Vessels Stallion Farm’s Sheza Fast Habit, also trained by Ramirez, ran third and earned $19,020. Hot Hitter, Emancipate, Oh La Traffic, Natalias Got Moves, Sheza Shy Shahayla, Klitschko and Fearless And First completed the field.

SHEZA BAD HABIT REPEATS IN SCHVANEVELDT HANDICAP

Alvin Jonas’ Sheza Bad Habit has made a habit of winning the $40,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap. For the second straight year, the daughter of Looking For Chicks has won the Schvaneveldt, this time by a ¾ length margin over Go Straight in the 400 yard race on Friday at Los Alamitos.

Sheza Bad Habit’s mother, Sheza Habit, will up for sale at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale as Hip #384 and so is Looking For Chicks, who is Hip #155. Talk about timely advertising for those two before entering the sale ring. Sheza Bad Habit, meanwhile, becomes the first two-time winner of Schvaneveldt.

“I bet you Alvin “Ben” Jonas is at home sitting in his recliner enjoying this win,” said Bill Nolan, who had his hands on the trophy, while representing his good friend in the Los Alamitos winner’s circle after the race. “If Ben’s not doing that then he’s probably still dancing with his wife, Becky, because of this win.”

Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm, Sheza Bad Habit earned $20,000 for the win to take her career earnings to $102,299 and his record to nine wins in 23 starts. Eduardo Nicasio piloted the mare for trainer Bret Vickery. The same two combined to win last year’s running with Sheza Bad Habit.

“Blane Schvaneveldt and “Scoop” Vessels were two of Ben’s favorite people,” said Nolan, an executive at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas hotel and resort. “This is a big honor to win this race. Ben is originally from Texas, but I met him after he moved to Nevada years ago. I got to know him well and he’s the one that got me into Quarter Horses.”

Nolan can tell some great stories about Schvaneveldt and American casino owner Ben Binion.

“Ben Binion used to come to Blane’s barn to ask about the horses that Blane did not want anymore. Blane would give him a list and Ben would leave their registration papers behind, but would take them all to his place in Montana to be ranch horses.”

Like his good friend Alvin Jonas, Nolan has enjoyed horse racing over the years. He’s campaigned Chicks On Fire, who gave him his first win as an owner, plus others like Mr King Fisher, Mr Crimson Leader and Eye Lashes.

Ricardo Valenzuela’s Go Straight earned $6,800 for running second, while Bob and Scott Giltner’s A Royal Dervish picked up $4,000 for finishing third. The 2011 Schvaneveldt Handicap is for horses that made at least two starts in the intermountain region this year. Sheza Bad Habit raced at Sandy Downs and Les Bois Park before making her way to Los Alamitos to defend her Schvaneveldt title.

Dudek Custus, Lil Bitts A Dash, Lajolla Famosa, Classic Blush, Whos On First AJ, A Splash Of Hell and SFR Ring Of Fire completed the field.

LONGSHOT WINNER IN KIP DIDERICKSEN HANDICAP

The great jockey Kip Didericksen was introduced to the bright lights at Los Alamitos courtesy of trainer Denny Ekins in the early 1980s. At the time, Kip was jockey John Ward’s assistant and first call rider for Ekins. When mounts opened up in Ekins’ barn, Didericksen took advantage of the opportunity and lit up the board with a couple of his mounts. Those longshot victories helped launch the career of one of the sport’s great jockeys of all time.

The five-time AQHA champion jockey was on hand to watch the first ever running of the $16,000 Kip Didericksen Handicap on Friday at Los Alamitos and the result of the race must have reminded Kip of his early days at Los Alamitos. Winning the race was the MS Diamond Runaway, who lit up with a $40,80 winning payout for jockey Cesar De Alba and trainer Justin Clark. Sired by Ocean Runaway and out of a Lanes Leinster mare named Bring Me Diamonds, the 3-year-old MS Diamond Runaway covered the 350 yards in :17.409. She earned $8,800 while scoring her fourth win in 12 career starts. Racing for Les Sweeting and Ron Moosman, Ms Diamond Runaway has now earned $36,354 in her career.

MS Diamond Runaway beat runner-up Fizzy Cola by a half length. A Regal Blue Sky finished third and was followed by LDS Amazing Grace, Hes A Strawfly, Hawthorne Hawk, RTM Say Your Prayers, BCR Buds For All, Hadtobeawinner and Ocean Runner.



Attention: Horsemen
Date: September 23, 2011

Dr. Rick Arthur, CHRB Equine Medical Director, will be at Los Alamitos Sale (Club House) on Saturday, October 1, 2011 immediately following the sale to discuss the following issues:

1. Clenbuterol

a. Suspension of Clenbuterol at Los Alamitos Race Course (Rule 1844.1) effective October 14, 2011
b. Trainer’s obligation to insure the condition of their horses.
c. CHRB’s enforcement options

2. Other issues of interest to Los Alamitos horsemen


We encourage all Owners/Trainers to attend this meeting. If you have any questions please feel free to call our office. 714-236-1755.

HORSEMEN ARE REMINDED THE SUSPENSION OF AUTHORIZATION FOR CLENBUTEROL TAKES EFFECT ON OCTOBER 14TH. CLENBUTEROL USE IN QUARTERHORSES NEEDS TO BE STOPPED AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO RACING TO AVOID A POSITIVE TEST.
2011 LOS ALAMITOS EQUINE SALE TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 1-2




The 2011 Los Alamitos Equine Sale is just around the corner on October 1 and 2 and what an exciting weekend it will be. The racing action will feature the PCQHRA Breeders Derby, Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap and Kip Didericksen Handicap on Friday; the running of the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on Saturday and the trials to the Wild West Futurity on Sunday.

The Los Alamitos Equine Sale will feature a tremendous catalog of more than 400 Quarter Horses to be sold over two sessions. The first session will get underway at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 1 and will consist of Hip #1 through 225, while the second session also start at 10 a.m. on Sunday, October 2 and will consist of Hip #226 through 449.

The nation’s top breeders have consigned horses to this year’s Equine Sale headed by two of the sports premier breeders in Ed Allred and Vessels Stallion Farm. Allred has consigned yearlings sired by top stallions like Walk Thru Fire, Separatist, TR Dasher, Stel Corona, A Regal Choice and more. Vessels Stallion Farm, meanwhile, has consigned top yearlings by the legendary stallion First Down Dash, plus the outstanding young stallion FDD Dynasty and babies from the first crop of All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here. Other top consignors in the sale include Burns Ranch, Schvaneveldt Ranch, Royal Vista Equine, Lazy E Ranch, Jaime Gomez, Abigail Kawananakoa, Childers Ranch, Bobby Cox, Four Sixes Ranch, EG High Desert Ranch just to mention a few.

Of course, all of the nation’s top stallions will be represented at the Sale: Walk Thru Fire, First Down Dash, Mr Jess Perry, Corona Cartel, Feature Mr Jess, Wave Carver, Tac It Like A Man and many more.

The catalog is full of beautiful yearlings with the bluest of bloodlines. Some of the highlights include:

* Hip 300 and 301 are a pair of full brothers sired by Walk Thru Fire and out of PCQHRA champion broodmare Chickasis. These great looking colts are full brothers to multiple stakes winner Hot Hitter and half brothers to multiple stakes winner Hard Hitting.

* Hip 90 is a Separatist filly that is a full sister to stakes winner Soul Of Silence

* Hip 108 is a Stel Corona filly out of Kindergarten Futurity winner Revv It Up

* Hip 134 is A No Secrets Here colt and a half brother to graded derby winners Dutch Schultz and Spike It And Fly.

* Hip 215 is a Stel Corona filly and a full sister to champion Foose.

* Hip 204 is a Mr Jess Perry filly from the family of Los Alamitos track record holder Divide The Cash

* Hip 312 is a Feature Mr Jess colt and a half brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Separate Bet and major derby winner Harley Man

* Hip 329 is a FDD Dynasty colt from the family of Your First Moon and Not A Full Moon.

* Hip 333 is a Separatist colt from the family of Golden State Million Futurity winner One Sweet Jess

* Hip 383 is a colt by Leading Active sire Mr Jess Perry and out of the great producer First Femme, the mother of Grade 1 winners Old Habits and One More Habit.



* Hip 396 is a Walk Thru Fire filly from the family of World Champion Wave Carver and multiple Champion Ocean Runaway.



* Hip 404 is a Walk Thru Fire colt out of a Corona Cartel broodmare



* Hip 418 is an FDD Dynasty filly out of Icy Morn, who is the producer of 6 Quarter horse foals, 5 of which are G1 performers.



* Hip 435 is a Walk Thru Fire filly from the family of Bridlewood and Girl Secrets.

The Los Alamitos Equine Sale will be held on October 1 and 2. For more info, please call 714-236-1755.



PCQHRA Breeders Derby

The 2010 running of the PCQHRA Breeders Derby was an emotionally charged night for Vessels Stallion Farm, as the derby final provided Quarter Horse racing operation with its first stakes win following the passing of Frank “Scoop” Vessels. A year later and Vessels Stallion Farm figures to be in the spotlight once again in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby final, this time after three of its horses qualified to the 400-yard final to be held on Friday, September 30.

The PCQHRA Breeders Derby is the main event on an evening that kicks off the weekend festivities for the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, which will be held on October 1 and 2 in Cypress, California. Vessels Stallion Farm, which puts together the sale in conjunction with Ed Allred and the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association, will be represented by homebreds Onemoreglassofwine, Sheza Fast Habit and Sheza Shy Shahayla, the latter with Vessels campaigns in partnership with Atwood Ranches.

Trained by Francisco Ramirez, The Heza Fash Dash fillies Onemoreglassofwine and Sheza Fast Habit both won their trial races in surprising fashion to qualify. Sheza Fast Habit won at 23-1 odds while covering the distance in :19.700, while Onemoreglassofwine’s victory came at 4-1 odds and her winning time was :19.670. Sheza Shy Shahayla is an experienced stakes runner with a recent third place finish in the Governor’s Cup Derby to her name. The First Down Dash filly ran third in her trial, but her time of :19.754 was still good enough to make her ninth fastest qualifiers of the night.

Dr. Steve Burns’ Enjoy The Walk and Rodrigo Gonzalez’s Natalias Got Moves won their respective trials and also finished as the two fastest qualifiers of the night. Enjoy The Walk, trained by Mike Casselman, was the most impressive winner of them all, as she defeated the red-hot multiple stakes winner Hot Hitter by ¾ lengths while posting the fastest qualifying time of :19.392. Enjoy The Walk was third in the La Primera Del Ano Derby earlier this year, but could only muster a seventh place finish to Hot Hitter in the Governor’s Cup on July 30. Cody Jensen piloted the Walk Thru Fire filly bred by Dr. Burns.

Trainer Jose Moreno enjoyed his most high-profiled victory of his career at Los Alamitos after winning the opening trial with the talented Maknmoves filly, Natalias Got Moves. Ridden by Juan Andrade, this filly was making her 2011 debut. Her previous start came against the sensational Cold Cash 123 in last year’s 440-yard Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park. She was eighth in that race on November 28, but before that she finished second to The Goodbye Kisser in the $426,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on October 2. Natalias Got Moves has either won or finished second in her last four starts at the Orange County oval.

Arnold Gonzalez’s Hot Hitter suffered his first loss in three starts this year, but his effort was still good enough to earn him the third fastest time of the night of :19.550. Despite this setback, the son of Walk Thru Fire is still one of the favorites to win the final later this month. The PCQHRA Breeders Derby will have a little touch of girl power, as seven of the 10 qualifiers are fillies. Hot Hitter, Emancipate and Klitschko – all geldings – are the only boys in the race.

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows: Enjoy The Walk (:19.392), Natalias Got Moves (:19.453), Hot Hitter (:19.550), Oh La Traffic (:19.650), Onemoreglassofwine (:19.670), Sheza Fast Habit (:19.70), Emancipate (:19.713), Klitschko (:19.719), Sheza Shy Shahayla (:19.754) and Fearless And First (:19.781).

LONG GONE HAS FASTEST TIME TO PCQHRA BREEDERS FUTURITY

Armando Leon’s Long Gone put behind his heartbreaking loss in the Governor’s Cup Futurity with a tremendous victory in the third of 11 trials to the $500,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves and trained by Adan Farias, Long Gone covered the 350 yards in an evening’s best :17.376 while improving his record to three wins from five starts. The colt by TR Dasher, who won his trial by 1 ½ lengths, will lead the field to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity final to be held during the weekend on the Los Alamitos Equine Sale on Saturday, October 1. Long Gone lost the Governor’s Cup Futurity when he was disqualified from first place and placed ninth after interfering with stablemate Ima Chickie Two during the running of the race. Long Gone’s owner thought that the disqualification was a fair decision by the Los Alamitos stewards.

“Interference and intimidation equals a disqualification,” Leon said. “I’ve watched the replay of that race many, many times, probably too many times and I understood the decision. I can’t be negative and instead you have to stay positive in order to keep on going. You don’t gain any benefit from staying negative. On the good side, I knew right after that race that we had a horse to keep going after the big races. I love the bloodlines of this horse. I have his brother Snitcher and I liked his other brother (Ed Burke Million Futurity fastest qualifier) Leave The Scene as well. I was happy with the way Long Gone battled tonight. He ran like an arrow.”

Ed Allred’s TR Dasher sired three out of the four fastest qualifiers to this race. In addition to Long Gone, TR Dasher also sired second fastest qualifier Kindly Fellow and third fastest qualifier Mr TR Dasher. In other PCQHRA Breeders Futurity notes, Farias and Aceves combined to qualify four runners. The two won trials with qualifiers S-Quarter K LLC’s Ima Chickie Two and David and Ross Hinkins’ Illegal Smile, while Brett Abrams’ Stolis Diamond also advanced to the final despite finishing in fourth place in a trial two.

Berenisse Gonzalez’s Kindly Fellow was the winner of that highly productive second heat that saw four horses advance. Taras Secret, a homebred owned by Dutch Masters III, and Gary Wright’s Azzia, a Snowbound filly out of a Merridoc mare, will also compete in the half-million dollar finale. Ridden by Juan Andrade for trainer Jose Flores, Kindly Fellow had his work cut out on Saturday, as he left the gate a few steps behind the quick breaking Stolis Diamond before starting to fly in the second half of the race. Kindly Fellow had taken charge by the midway point of the race and eventually crossed the wire a half length ahead of Taras Secret in a time of :17.395. Kindly Fellow is now a three-time futurity qualifier this season. Previously, he finished fourth in the $340,000 Kindergarten Futurity and second in the $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity.

Long Gone was not the only one closing the chapter on a troubled Governor’s Cup Futurity. Ima Chickie Two, who was the one that was interfered with in that race, posted a most impressive 1 ¾ length victory in the seventh trial. The Chicks Beduino filly was eight in both the Kindergarten and Governor’s Cup Futurity, but her connections hope that the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity will see her deliver in a big way.

“There’s going to be three weeks in between the trials and the final so we’re happy about that,” said Kathy Meneely of S-Quarter K LLC. “The Governor’s Cup was disappointing, but stuff like that happens. There might be a time when we are the ones that do the interfering. If you’re in this game long enough those things will happen. We thought she had a chance to earn black type in that race. I don’t think she was going to win the race, but she could have finished third. We’d love for her to get her black type.”


Illegal Smile was another impressive winner, as he won his trial by 1 ¼ lengths. The son of FDD Dynasty out of champion Blazin Fire, Illegal Smile entered the trials after running second in the John Deere California Challenge regional final. Illegal Smile has now either won or finished second in five straight races.

Tremor Enterprises’ Natalie Dash was the only other trial winner to qualify. A full sister to the champion Temping Dash and Grade 1 winner A Tempting Dash, the First Down Dash filly won a hard fought decision over Governor’s Cup Futurity runner-up This Partys Fire by a half length in 11th and final trial. A winner of two of four starts, Natalie Dash was racing for the first time for trainer Jose Flores. Francisco Rubio piloted the Muller Racing LLC-bred sprinter.

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows: Long Gone (:17.376), Kindly Fellow (:17.395), Ima Chickie Two (:17.402), Mr Tr Dasher (:17.464), Taras Secret (:17.484), A First Down Snow (:17.494), Natalie Dash (:17.52), Azzia (:17.528), Stolis Diamond (:17.542) and Illegal Smile (:17.579).

89 TO COMPETE IN $500,000 PCQHRA BREEDERS FUTURITY TRIALS ON SATURDAY

The fastest qualifier to the Ed Burke Million Futurity, the runner-up in the Ed Burke final and the colt that was disqualified from first and placed ninth in the Governor's Cup Futurity are among the 89 2-year-olds racing in Saturday's trials to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity.

The evening's action will feature 11 trials and every race will see at least eight runners in the starting gate. The sixth trial will a nine-horse field and all the trials will be contested at 350 yards. The horses with the 10 fastest times will race in the PCQHRA Breeders final to be held on Saturday, October 1.

Owned by Berenisse Gonzalez's Kindly Fellow will start for the first time since running a solid second to superstar Separate Fire in the Grade 1 $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 26. Trained by Jose Flores, Kindly Fellow has been one of the best 2-year-olds on the grounds, as he first showed his potential when he recovered from a slow break to finish fourth in the 300-yard Kindergarten Futurity. The gelding by TR Dasher has won twice and also ran second in an Ed Burke trial to complete the results of his five-race career. Gonzalez, who is enjoying her first campaign as owner of stakes level Quarter Horses, has whole heartedly enjoyed her Kindly Fellow.

"He's been so much fun," she said. "Jose and his crew has done a great job with him and I'm pleased with how well he's done in his stakes races.

Kindly Fellow will start from post six in the second off 11 trials. Juan Andrade will pilot the Ed Allred-bred sprinter.


Dutch Masters III’s Fire Moon did everything right the last time she competed in a futurity trial at 350 yards. The Walk Thru Fire filly posted the fastest qualifying time to the Ed Burke Million after flying out of the gate from post five on the way covering the distance in :17.36. Her effort in the final hit a few speed bumps, as she was fractious before the start of the race and then was bumped around leaving the gate. Trainer Jaime Gomez has rested the filly since that seventh place finish and she now appears like the one to beat in the eight of 11 trials on Saturday.

Armando Leon's Long Gone was headed to victory in the Governor's Cup, but then he shifted inward during the race and blocked Ima Chickie Two's running path during the running of this rich futurity. Long Gone went on to cross the wire first, however, the racing stewards disqualified the TR Dasher colt because of the aforementioned incident.

"After looking at the replay, we did get in the way of Ima Chickie Two," said jockey Rodrigo Aceves. "Losing the race made me feel sick."


Aceves will get a chance to redeem himself aboard Long Gone, as the meet's leading Quarter Horse jockey is back aboard the Allred-bred runner in trial number three. Adan Farias will saddle him from post number one.

"You know, there's nothing you can do about what happened in the Governor's Cup," said owner Armando Leon. "You have to forget about it and move on. We know we have a nice colt and that's the great thing. We know he has a lot of important races ahead of him."

His first important race since his DQ is this trial to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. Long Gone’s rivals will include the Paul Jones, Linda Pura, Twinkie Peterson and Terry Thompson's RW Red Wave, who will make her Los Alamitos debut after racing at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico. The Wave Carver filly ran third in the Ruidoso Juvenile Stakes, but had a forgettable All American Futurity trial.

"She got stuck in the gate and didn't come out," said Peterson, an avid horseplayer who parlayed his passion for the game into racehorse ownership with RW Red Wave. "She had some of the best workouts at Ruidoso Downs so hopefully she likes the nightlife at Los Alamitos."


Ramon Sanchez, who piloted her to a third place finish in the trials to the Rainbow Futurity, will ride her in Saturday's third trial.

In the opening race of the night, Down At The Lake will make her local debut after making a couple of starts out of state. A full sister to the Grade 1 stakes placed mare My Lady First, Down At The Lake was the third highest seller at last year's Los Alamitos Equine Sale after Denny and Kris Hill paid $106,000 for the First Down Dash filly. Down At The Lake was unlucky in her All American Futurity trial and she was second in her only other start.

Adan Farias will send out the two likely favorites in trials four and five for owners David and Ross Hinkins. Racing in the fourth trial, Illegal Smile is coming off a second place finish in the $40,500 John Deere California Juvenile Challenge, while stablemate FDD Moon will compete in the fifth trial after finished fourth in the John Deere finale. FDD Moon, a full brother to champion Your First Moon, has kept a busy schedule of late, as this will be his fifth start since July 16. Rodrigo Aceves will ride both horses for the Farias and Hinkins partnership.

Two-time futurity finalist Ima Chickie Two will be in action for S-Quarter K LLC in the seventh trial, as she looks to put behind her very troubled trip in the Governor's Cup final. The Chicks Beduino filly had the fastest qualifying time to the Governor's Cup, but a less than perfect start and then Long Gone's interference prevented her from challenging for a top spot. She's another runner racing for the Farias/Aceves combination.

Three of the four stakes winners among the 89 runners in the trials will square off in trial number nine when Deleyco Race Team's Our Kinda Magic takes on Brenda and Harvey Pickens' A First Down Snow and Ugo De La Torre’s Last To Check Him. The latter won a division to the California Breeders Freshman Stakes, while A First Down Snow took the Dixie Downs Futurity in April. Our Kinda Magic scored a dominant 1 ¼ length victory in the Pat Hyland Handicap less than a month ago.

The 11th trial will feature Kolleen Ledgerwood's This Partys Fire, who at odds of 51-1 was moved up from third place to second following Long Gone's DQ in the Governor's Cup Futurity. Ledgerwood's stable has been knocking at the door of a stakes win this season, as her other top runner, Filthy Fast, was a top contender in both the Los Alamitos Winter and Golden State derbies with no winning luck. This Partys Fire has landed a tough trial that also features Cherry Creek Futurity winner Baby I Like It, Tremor Enterprises' Natalie Dash, Robert Parra's Dollar More and Elena Andrade's Mucho Fuego.

Trials six and 10 are wide open events with the likes of Ajendro Ibarra's Pickens and Salvador Berro Guerrero's Governor's Cup Futurity finalist Travesty looking like major contenders to qualify.

Forty five of the 89 trial runners are graduates of the 2010 Los Alamitos Equine Sale.




M e m o r a n d u m
Date : August 29, 2011

From : Rick M. Arthur, DVM
Equine Medical Director

Subject : CLENBUTEROL REGULATION IN QUARTER HORSES AT LOS ALAMITOS


Effective Oct 14, 2011 the authorization for the threshold level for clenbuterol will be suspended in Quarter Horse races at Los Alamitos. Clenbuterol will become similar to other drugs not specifically authorized by the Board, if the lab detects clenbuterol at any level, it will be a violation. The Maddy lab has very sensitive testing for clenbuterol. The drug can be readily detected in urine between 100-200 picograms per milliliter of urine and 1-2 picograms per milliliter of blood. A picogram is 0.000000000001 grams or one-trillionth of a gram.

A 30 day withdrawal time should safely avoid an inadvertent positive provided the clenbuterol is the FDA approved Ventpulmin form of clenbuterol used at the standard therapeutic 5cc twice a day dose (0.8 micrograms per kilogram twice a day). Anyone using a non-FDA approved form of clenbuterol does so at his or her own risk. As always with withdrawal time recommendations, this recommendation does not constitute and is not a guarantee, warranty or assurance that the use of any of the therapeutic medications at the dosage listed will not result in a positive post-race test.

To be clear, clenbuterol is not “banned.” The drug may be used on the grounds upon the prescription of a CHRB licensed veterinarian. Only the FDA approved form of clenbuterol, Ventipulmin Syrup, is allowed to be used to treat lower respiratory disease. Veterinarians prescribing Ventipulmin will be required to provide a specific diagnosis for its use on form CHRB-24 (Veterinary Confidentials). As a muscle builder, a horse on
clenbuterol starts losing the muscle mass from the repartitioning effect of within days without sustained administration. The CHRB will continue to use out of competition testing to monitor compliance in
conjunction with our existing post-race testing program. In addition, the Maddy lab is investigating alternative testing techniques for other beta-2 agonists and other growth promoting drugs.

Trainers are cautioned to be particularly vigilant when horses have not been under their direct care for at least 30 days prior to racing. Trainers are required to insure the condition of all horses they race and will be held accountable for any violation.





GOLDEN STATE DERBY WIN IS JUST WHAT DOCS ORDERED

Docs First Card’s best success as a broodmare came when she was bred to Raise A Secret, whose sire was the Thoroughbred L’ Natural. The cross of Raise A Secret and Docs First Card resulted in the AQHA champion 2-year-old filly Secret Card, a winner of the Kindergarten Futurity and runner-up in the Golden State Futurity and Ed Burke Memorial Futurity in 2000, and also Kindergarten finalist Never Fold.

“Her best two babies happened when she was bred to Raise A Secret,” said Dr. James Streelman of Dutch Masters III. “After thinking about that I told (trainer Jaime Gomez) ‘let’s go back to Thoroughbred blood.’ ”

That year Docs First Card was bred to Apollo, a Thoroughbred stallion whose sons and daughters includes champions Old Habits and Apollitical Time. The mating of Apollo and Docs First Card resulted in Docs Apollo, who on Sunday won the Grade 1 $238,250 Golden State Derby with ease at Los Alamitos Race Course. Ridden by Alejandro Luna and saddled by Gomez, the Dutch Masters III homebred covered the 400 yards in :19.44 while finishing ¾ lengths ahead of Double Bar S Ranch’s Pushing Dazies.

“It’s nice to see some fruition again from a lot of hard work,” Dr. Streelman added. “I’m very happy to be standing here in the winner’s circle of the Golden State Derby again.”

Dutch Masters III first won the Golden State Derby with the talented Holland Ease in 1992.

“I wanted to win this race so badly for Dutch Masters III,” Gomez said. “After we won this race I started thinking about Dr. Streelman and Denny Boer and I almost started crying with happiness. Those two guys have been so special in my career. It’s always special when I can win a race for those guys. You know, a couple of days ago I was feeling a lot of back pain and I had to go see Dr. Streelman for some medical treatment. Dr. Streelman has not been feeling well either recently so I told him, ‘Doc, don’t worry we’re going to feel great because we’re going to win this derby. It feels great to make that prediction come true.”

Docs Apollo earned $100,065 for the win to take his career earnings to $128,914. A finalist in last year’s Golden State Million Futurity, he also improved his record to two wins from eight starts.

“After his 2-year-old year, we knew he had a bad tibia,” Gomez said. “We took care of it and then we turned him out. In the trials for this race, he was on the inside part of the track and when Luna when to the whip this horse started changing leads. He changed leads twice on him. He didn’t like the whip at all. Luna came back after the trials and he said, ‘that was my fault.’ If you see how Luna rode him tonight, you’ll see that he just pushed him carefully. “

“He broke like a shot and flew from there,” Luna added. “I didn’t have to do much. He was flying at the end.”

Docs Apollo has a busy year still ahead. He is eligible to run in the Los Alamitos Super Derby trials and also in the Southern California Derby trials. As for his mother, Docs First Card has a yearling by Tres Seis and embryos sired by Mr Jess Perry and Carters Cartel.

“We went to Tres Seis after the success that Blane Schvaneveldt had with Tres Passes a couple of years ago,” Dr. Streelman concluded.

Running for the first time in a stakes race, Pushing Dazies earned $40,503 thanks to a solid second place effort. Vinewood Farms’ Significant Cartel ran third, while favorite Filthy Fast settled for fourth place after a slow start. Ambush Alley, Allthatshewants, Girlie Man and Been Chased completed the field.

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Double Bar S Ranch’s champion millionaire Jess You And I added $7,810 to his sizeable bank account after outfinishing the quick veteran Pappyscoronalilbro in an exciting allowance race on Sunday at Los Alamitos. Jess You And I, the winner of the 2008 Champion of Champions, trailed Pappyscoronalilbro by a length during the early part of the race before inching forward with each stride and eventually catching him during the final yards. Jess You And I covered the 350 yards in a tremendous time of :17.205.

Saddled by Paul Jones and ridden by Ramon Sanchez, Jess You And I has now won 17 of 33 career starts. The multiple Grade 1 winning superstar has now earned $1,679,827. Jess You And I is the 11th richest racing Quarter Horse of all-time

CHRB APPROVES PCQHRA AND LOS ALAMITOS REQUEST TO RESTRICT CLENBUTEROL USE ON RACEHORSES

The California Horse Racing Board approved a joint request presented by the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association and Los Alamitos Race Course at its regular monthly meeting held on Thursday, August 25 to restrict the use of clenbuterol at the Orange County track by prohibiting for one year its presence at any level in test samples collected from horses that run.

The request was unopposed and widely supported by the Quarter Horse industry stated a news release summary provided by the CHRB staff on Friday. The ban will take effect on October 14 at Los Alamitos Race Course, “thus giving horses ample time to clear their systems of any clenbuterol,” said PCQHRA President Dominic “Bud” Alessio in a letter to racing Quarter Horse owners, breeders and trainers.

The CHRB news release explained that clenbuterol will be allowed to continue being used on the racetrack as a bronchodilator to treat lower respiratory disease, but Dr. Rick Arthur, the CHRB equine medical director, said the recommendation to veterinarians and horsemen will be to not administer clenbuterol within 30 days of a race in order to make certain the drug will completely clear the horse’s system prior to testing.

Dr. Rick Arthur, the CHRB equine medical director; Dr. Dan Lucas, MD; Dr. Rick Overly, DVM; Dr. Mark Martinelli, DVM; Thoroughbred trainer John Shirreffs; Jockeys Guild Representative Darrel Haire; and Dr. Scott Stanley, Ph. D., the Director of the K.L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at UC Davis, all spoke on behalf of the restriction at the CHRB meeting.

The meeting was held at Del Mar and CHRB Chairman Keith Brackpool presided. Vice Chairman David Israel and Commissioners Jesse Choper, Bo Derek, and Richard Rosenberg were in attendance. Four of the commissioners approved the request, while Vice Chairman Israel abstained because he wanted to “send the message that this restriction needs to be expanded immediately to include thoroughbred racing,” as recommended during the discussion by Shirreffs.

The CHRB news release noted that Chairman Brackpool, pointing out that the agenda item did not specifically include thoroughbreds, said the Board’s Medication and Safety Committee would consider this issue with input from the Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers.

More will be releasing more details about this issue shortly. For more information please contact the PCQHRA at 714-236-1755.




To: Racing Quarter Horse Owners, Trainers & Breeders

From: Bud Alessio

Re: Clenbuterol

Date: August 25, 2011



The PCQHRA and Los Alamitos Race Course presented a request to the California Horse Racing Board for a 12 month suspension of the use of Clenbuterol. This suspension is directed at Quarter Horses racing at Los Alamitos.

The CHRB approved the request (4 in favor 1 abstained). The abstention was by a commissioner who wished to include Thoroughbreds.

This ban will take affect on October 14th, thus giving horses ample time to clear their systems of any Clenbuterol.

A special thanks to those who spoke on behalf of the suspension at the CHRB meeting.

Dr. Rick Overly, DVM
Dr. Dan Lucas, MD
Dr. Mark Martinelli, DVM
John Sheriffs – Thoroughbred Trainer
Darrel Haire - Jockeys Guild Representative
Dr. Rick Arthur- CHRB Equine Medical Director
Dr. Scott Stanley, Ph.D - Director of the K.L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory, UC Davis

We will be putting out more details on the issue very shortly. If you have any questions free to call me or Dino Perez at 714-236-1755


VICTORY TASTE SWEET FOR AQUAFINA IN ADEQUAN FINAL

Lucas Racing Inc.’s Aquafina made her Los Alamitos Race Course debut a winning one after outdueling the red-hot sprinter Touch Of Paso to win the $37,710 Adequan Califonia Derby Challenge on Sunday.

Sent off at 14-1 odds, Aquafina’s good performance at Los Alamitos was just the latest good performance at new surroundings by the royally bred filly. A full sister to World Champion Wave Carver and champion millionaire Ocean Runaway, which represent just two of the many great runners from the cross of First Down Dash and AQHA champion broodmare Runaway Wave, Aquafina has performed admirably at four different racetracks during her 10-race career. Aquafina ran third in last year’s Sam Houston Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park, qualified to the Grade 1 $1,037,000 Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park and after running second in the Hialeah Lassie Futurity, she won the AQHA Maiden Stakes at Hialeah Park. Her California debut win earned the gray filly a berth into the Grade 1 $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship to be held here on Saturday, October 29.

Ridden by Antonio Alberto for trainer James Lackey, Aquafina broke on top and never looked back en route to solid ½ length victory in a solid time of :19.490. Aquafina’s earnings of $17,346 for this win take her career bankroll to $126,443. Larry Konecne’s Touch Of Paso picked up a second place check of 7,542 for her runner-up effort, while third place finisher Jericho Kid, the longest shot on the board at 49-1, Klitschko, Hawthorne Hawk, Special Ela, R Chump Change, Storm Feet, Black Carmel, Forty Force and Feature My Corona completed the field.

Aquafina’s second career victory was delivered in front of owner and breeder Dan Lucas. The 2004 AQHA Champion Breeder, Lucas flew in from his home in Maryland on Saturday evening so that he could watch a couple of his horses run over the weekend at Los Alamitos. Aquafina made sure that the trip was worth it.

“I didn’t know quite what to expect from her,” Lucas said. “She did it easy and Antonio said that he had a lot of horse left. This makes me so happy. She’s done well everywhere she’s raced. The filly did her job. We also ran Surf Dog in the Bank of America California Championship on Saturday, but he chipped his knee in the race. James Lackey has worked hard with the barn and he’s done a good job. We had a few horses in the stable that we had to send home and move on. I do like the 2-year-olds that we have here and of course we now have Aquafina ‘s races to look forward to. I don’t know if we’ll enter her in the Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (on September 17). I’ll have to talk to (James) to see what he thinks, but it was fun to watch her run tonight.”

Winning a stakes race at Los Alamitos is nothing new to James Lackey. As a jockey, he piloted 41 stakes winners and won Champion of Champions in 1987 with World Champion First Down Dash and 1985 with World Champion Cash Rate. This, however, was Lackey’s first stakes victory as a trainer at the Orange County track.

“This was nerve wracking for me,” Lackey said with a smile. “It’s tough to win a race anywhere, but this is one of the toughest places to win a race. Los Alamitos has always been home for me so it’s special to have a stakes victory here. This victory is for a two huge mentors in my life, my dad is one and the other one is Blane Schvaneveldt. This win is for the two of them.”

As a trainer, Lackey has worked with the likes of Heza Bold Man, who won the Heritage Place Derby, and Eye Opening Episode, who he co-trained with Jose Dominguez to the title of 2002 AQHA champion 2-year-old gelding. Lackey also trained Authorized Cash, who set the 330-yard world record at Sunland Park and had it for about seven years until it was broken in April of 2010. Aquafina will now give the trainer a chance to saddle another major stakes winner.

“It was a challenge to get her to this race,” Lackey began. “After her last start at Hialeah, we took a small fragment out of one knee. We gave her some rest and when we brought her back she wasn’t herself. We had to stop and let her regroup. That threw us out of the frame to give her a race before this final. We had to come in off of workouts. What has impressed me is that she’s really come around over the past three weeks. She really started to come back to herself physically and mentally. I’m thrilled with her right now.”



The 2011 Los Alamitos Equine Sale catalog featuring 449 head of horses is now available online at www.losalamitosequinesale.com. The Los Alamitos Equine Sale is one of the nation’s premier sales of American Quarter Horse yearlings and broodmares and will be held on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2.

As in previous years, the online catalog can be sorted alphabetically in a variety of convenient ways including by name, sire, dam or consignor and several other options. Prospective buyers will be able to view individual catalog pages at the touch of a button.

The catalog will be headed by 53 horses sired by Walk Thru Fire, currently the nation’s leading sire of money earners and leading sire of 2-year-old money earners (based on AQHA statistics as of August 12, 2011). The catalog will also feature 17 horses sired by First Down Dash, nine by Mr Jess Perry and three by Corona Cartel. Other top stallions featured in the catalog include Feature Mr Jess, Separatist, TR Dasher, Tac It Like A Man, Wave Carver, Hawkinson, FDD Dynasty and Chicks Beduino. The first crops sired by Carters Cartel, No Secrets Here and One Famous Eagle are also featured in this year’s catalog.

Graduates of the Equine Sale include champions FDD Dynasty and Tempting Dash plus All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here. Other major stakes winners include A Tempting Dash, Oatman, Jessanotheraffair, Jumpn Bedunio, The Partys On Fire and Frankie Shoots. Governor's Cup Futurity and Derby winners Hard Hitting and Hot Hitter and 2011 Governor’s Cup Futurity winner Fixin To Fly were also sold at the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

Since 1951, Los Alamitos has been the nation's premier Quarter Horse track and the home of four races worth over $1 million dollars, including Quarter Horse racing's only $2 million guaranteed race - the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Los Alamitos' other million dollar races are the Golden State Million Futurity, the Ed Burke Million Futurity and the Los Alamitos Super Derby. Los Alamitos is also the home of the prestigious $750,000 Champion of Champions. For additional information call PCQHRA 714-236-1755.

CHAMPIONS NIGHT

Chivalry SR made his track record clocking at 400 yards look easy, as the son of Walk Thru Fire cruised to a wire-to-wire 1 ½ length victory over former World Champion Freaky in the Restricted Grade 1 $100,000 Spencer Childers Handicap. The race was over at the start, as the Stern Ranches-bred gelding ran the opening 180 yards in a blistering time of :09.857. In comparison, World Champion Apollitical Jess ran a :09.973, One Sweet Jess a :09.993 and Freaky a :10.07 in the first 180 yards of their respective track marks. “He’s the kind of horse you wait a lifetime to breed,” said Albert Stern of Chivalry SR. “It’s amazing that he can break that quick. He has so much talent. He had some problems as a 2-year-old and as a 3-year-old he ran some nice races, but we also missed the Super Derby. He’s really at his prime now and I’m just happy that he’s getting healthier and better every time. He ran second in the Vessels Maturity and he also posted a phenomenal :17.30 workout at 350 yards earlier this year. Rodrigo didn’t let him go tonight. He probably could have gone faster, but I would have been just as happy if he had not set the track record.” As fast as Chivalry SR has shown to be, he does have his share of quirks. “He’s a finicky eater,” Albert Sterns added. “He stays lean like a Marathon runner. He never seems to gain any weight. He’s very particular about his eating habits. He usually doesn’t crave food. We always have to tempt him with different mixtures. I guess you could say he is a connoisseur of fine foods.”

Albert Sterns and Patricia Sterns have been racing and breeding Quarter Horses for a long time. Albert Stern was one of the original First Down Dash share holders and the Sterns currently have breeding shares in Walk Thru Fire and Separatist. Chivalry SR earned Sterns Ranches $50,000 for his sixth win in 15 career starts.
“He ran like a monster tonight,” said Freaky’s owner Armando Aguirre about Chivalry SR. “You have to give him credit. He is one fast horse.”

Vessels Maturity winner Snitcher finished third and was followed across the wire by Simons Wonder Choice, First Down King, Pappyscoronalilbro, Shining First Dash, How Goes It, Dickson Creek and Sir Seth.

Danielle Hall and Jim Hanson’s Fixin To Fly won the $466,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity after Long Gone was disqualified from first and placed ninth after interfering with fastest qualifier Ima Chickie Two with about 100 yards left in the 350-yard contest. The victory was bittersweet for Fixin To Fly’s camp, as the sorrel gelding had to be vanned off the track as a precautionary measure. “He walked inside the ambulance on his own,” said assistant trainer Ryan Hanson. “(Jockey) Jay Conklin said that the horse felt pretty sore and he didn’t want to gallop him back in that condition. Jay was taking care of the horse. The horse gave it his all in this race and it took a lot out of him. It’s tough right now. I can’t say I’m excited because we got beat. Long Gone may have been the better horse tonight and he gets disqualified. It’s tough when you win a race in this fashion. It’s hard to celebrate it because we’re concerned about our horse right now.”

“He pulled up a little off,” Conklin added. “I wasn’t going to gallop him back like that. It was a good race and I knew that Long Gone was the one to beat.”
After a back and forth late battle for the lead between the TR Dasher colt Long Gone and the Walk Thru Fire gelding Fixin To Fly, the stewards ruled that Long Gone had veered in and blocked the path of stablemate Ima Chickie Two, costing her a better placing. As a result, Armando Leon’s Long Gone was placed behind Ima Chickie Two in the official order of finish. He had crossed the finish line a nose ahead of Fixin To Fly. Kolleen Ledgerwood’s This Partys Fire was moved up from third to second after the disqualification. “I thought I had the room, but after seeing the replay I can see that I was close to the other horse,” said Rodrigo Aceves after the race. “My horse was making up ground and I felt like we were going to win the race. That’s why I didn’t want to stop him when he started going inside.”

“It was a legitimate call,” said Long Gone’s trainer, Adan Farias. “The stewards have a job to do and they made the right call. It hurts right now and it’s money out of our pockets, but you have to be professional about it. It’s part of racing.”

“We can’t worry about the past,” added Armando Leon. “I know we have a good horse in Long Gone and he’ll have other races to run.”

Second in the Kindergarten Futurity earlier this year, Fixin To Fly earned $193,620 in the Governor’s Cup to take his career earnings to $258,722. He was bred by Ed Allred. Ridden by Joel Cruz for trainer Roberto Dominguez, The Partys Fire earned $78,370 for finishing second. Melina Gonzalez’s Carne Vino earned $55,320 for running third for trainer Jose Flores and jockey Cesar De Alba.

Travesty, Idol Special Dash, FDD Moon, Miss Mindys Bar Bet, Ima Chickie Two, Long Gone and Earth Rain Fire completed the field.

Arnold Gonzalez’s Hot Hitter completed a sweep of the Governor’s Cup Series after winning the $196,000 Governor’s Cup Derby by a neck over Dr. Steve Burns’ Walkin Bac. Hot Hitter is the seventh horse to complete the sweep, a list that also includes his half brother Hard Hitting in 2008-09. The others to sweep the Governor’s Cup Derby and Futurity are Separatist (1999-2000), Corona Cash (1997-98), Corona Chick (1991-92), Aladuino (1982-83) and Rich Lass (1981-82).

Ridden by Francisco Rubio and trained by Felipe Quintero, Hot Hitter was fourth at the start of the 400-yard race but quickly started to make up ground. The Ed Allred-bred runner was on the lead by the halfway point of the race and he would not look back again. Sired by Walk Thru Fire and out of the tremendous broodmare Chickasis, Hot Hitter won for the fifth time in 11 starts after stopping the clock in :19.401. His earnings of $80,220 now take his lifetime bankroll to $489,507. Hot Hitter has been third or better in 10 of 11 career starts.

Walkin Bac, a colt sired by Walk Thru Fire, earned $32,470 for finishing second for trainer Jose Flores. Atwood Ranches, Inc. and Vessels Stallion Farm’s Sheza Shy Shahayla earned $22,920 for running third at odds of 39-1. Parsons Rock, Personal Glory, Man Of Mine, Enjoy The Walk, Been Chased, Sentimental Chick and Fearless And First completed the field.

CHAMPIONS NIGHT HANDLE UPDATE

Los Alamitos Race Course hosted the 12th running of California Breeders Champions Night on Saturday. The program consisted of 13 races and the all-source handle for the evening of action (including simulcast races) was a Champions Night record $2,071,719. The previous event record of $2,054,127 was set in the 2007 California Breeders Champions Night. This year’s figure was up 3.93% from last year’s Champions Night handle of $1,992,467. Saturday’s handle was also the 15th highest of ever at the Orange County oval and the highest since the $2,086,568 wagered on the night of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on Friday, December 12, 2008.


2011 CHAMPIONS NIGHT PAGE UPDATED AT WWW.LOSALAMITOS.COM

www.losalamitos.com has updated its California Breeders Champions Night page. The page has the list of nominations, Champions Night history and will soon feature the past performances for Saturday's card as well as handicapping selections. The page can be accessed directly at http://www.losalamitos.com/champion/index.html#. Racing video highlights and more will be added to the page.

13 stakes races are expected to be featured on Champions Night, plus on-track fans will receive a free Champions Night t-shirt with a paid nighttime admission. California satellite fans will receive by mail a mystery voucher that could be worth $2,500. Every voucher is worth a minimum of $5. Also check out TVG for the Los Alamitos Preview Show hosted by Ed Burgart and featuring Les Onaka on Friday morning at 8 a.m. (Pacific) that will feature a closer look at Saturday's Champions Night card. Fox's Prime Ticket will also broadcast three hours of Champions Night action on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. For more info, please contact 714-820-2690.

189 ARE NOMINATED FOR CALIFORNIA BREEDERS CHAMPIONS NIGHT AT LOS ALAMITOS

One of the most prestigious Quarter Horse racing nights of the year is on tap as California Breeders Champions Night will bring a full evening of stakes races on Saturday, July 30. The racing action will be headed by the running of the $466,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity featuring fastest qualifier Ima Chickie Two and Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Fixin To Fly, plus the $196,000 Governor’s Cup Derby led by Hot Hitter, who looks to become the seventh horse to win both the Governor’s Cup Futurity and Derby. The Spencer L. Childers California Breeders Championship Handicap is the main event for older horses and will feature a purse of $100,000 and is expected to feature the 2009 World Champion Freaky.

The 12th running of California Breeders Champions Night will once again serve as a showcase event for the finest California-bred runners in training. Featuring combined purses of $1 million, the event is the product of joint cooperation between the Pacific Coast Quarter Horse Racing Association and track management at Los Alamitos Race Course. There were 189 nominees to the various races that make up California Breeders Champions Night. In some cases, a horse was nominated to more than one race.

Free T-Shirt on July 30

Champions Night will also feature a t-shirt giveaway featuring the 2011 Champion Night logo. The stakes lineup will be displayed on the back of the t-shirt.

Strong list on names in big races

While the fields to the Governor’s Cup Futurity and Governor’s Cup Derby were set during trial races on the weekend of July 15 and 16, horses were nominated to the other 12 races that are part of Champions Night. Twenty horses have been nominated to the Spencer Childers Championship Handicap at 400 yards, including Vessels Maturity winner Snitcher, 2009 Spencer Childers winner Freaky and 350-yard track record holder Divide The Cash. Grade 1 finalists A Streakinson, Chivalry SR, Jimmy Delivers, First Down King, Suger Mama and Shining First Dash have also been nominated as have 330-yard track record holder Pappyscoronalilbro, Vessels Maturity finalist Simons Wonder Choice and the solid sprinter Dickson Creek. The others nominated are Armando Mondays, Great Bro, How Goes It, Just Ledoux It, Making Fire, Mamas Justice, Our Man Scott, Pepe El Trueno, Sir Seth and Surf Dog.

Nineteen of the 22 nominated to the Spencer Childers have also been nominated to the $25,000 Sprint Stakes at 350 yards. Freaky, Snitcher and Chivalry SR are among those nominated to both races, while the veteran winning machine Chalala has also been nominated to this race. Fall For It, the impressive winner of the La Primera Del Ano Derby, and Los Alamitos Winter Derby finalist Book Cooker are among the 14 horses nominated to the $25,000 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial California Breeders Stakes. Chalala, Fall For It and Suger Mama have also been nominated to the $50,000 Matron Stakes for 3 year olds and upward fillies and mares. Recent stakes winner Azshecanfly, 2009 Golden State Million Futurity winner The Partys On Fire and Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap winner Sheza Bad Habit were also among the 15 Matron nominees. Ed Allred’s Red Dasher, who ran in the Kindergarten Futurity, and Ed Burke Million Futurity finalist Flame N Flash headline the 14 name list in the $25,000 Freshman Stakes, while Flame N Flash has also been nominated to the $25,000 Freshman Fillies Stakes. The racing program will also feature the Debutante Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and the California Breeders 550 Sophomore Stakes. The program will also feature four claiming stakes races.

For the duration of the Del Mar and Fairplex meets, Los Alamitos’ 1st post on Sundays will be 6:30pm pacific

IMA CHICKIE TWO HAS FASTEST TIME ON NIGHT OF FAST GOVERNOR’S CUP TRIALS

S-Quarter K LLC’s Ima Chickie Two scored a 2 ¼ length victory on the way to posting the fastest 350-yard qualifying time of :17.275 to the Governor’s Cup Futurity on Saturday at Los Alamitos. The daughter of Chicks Beduino out of the First Down Dash mare First Down Dream will now headline a super fast field of 10 in the $466,000 final to be held California Breeders Champions Night on Saturday, July 30.

There were nine trials contested and the majority delivered sizzling winning times on Saturday. In addition to Ima Chickie Two’s tremendous clocking, Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Fixin To Fly won his trial in a time of :17.280, while Long Gone, who is a full brother to Grade 1 Vessels Maturity winner Snitcher, won his trial in :17.353. All three winners would have easily topped last year’s fastest qualifying time in the Governor’s Cup Futurity trials of :17.417.

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows: Ima Chickie Two (:17.275), Fixin To Fly (:17.280), Long Gone (:17.353), Idol Special Dash (:17.370), FDD Moon (:17.446), Carne Vino (:17.455), Miss Mindys Bar Bet (:17.460), Travesty (:17.463), Earth Rain Fire (:17.467) and This Partys Fire (:17.476).

HOT HITTER AND PERSONAL GLORY ENJOYING WINNING RETURNS IN DERBY TRIALS

Hot Hitter and Personal Glory made the most of their time off as the two talented runners made their sophomore debuts winning ones in the trials to the $196,000 Governor’s Cup Derby on Friday at Los Alamitos.

Racing for Arnold Gonzalez, Hot Hitter posted the fastest qualifying time for the 400-yard derby after posting a neck victory over Enjoy The Walk in the first of two trials in a time of :19.485. Minutes later, Jaime Gomez’s Personal Glory outfinished Dr. Steve Burns’ Walkin Bac in the other trial to win by a nose in a time of :19.560. Hot Hitter, Enjoy The Walk, Personal Glory and Walkin Bac finished as the fourth fastest qualifiers to the derby and all four were sired by the outstanding stallion Walk Thru Fire.

Hot Hitter had not raced since finishing seventh in the $2,034,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on December 10, while Personal Glory was making her first start since a fourth place finish in the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million on November 20. Both trial winners will now make their second outing of 2011 in the Governor’s Cup Derby final to be held at Los Alamitos as part of California Breeders Champions Night on Saturday, July 30.

Trained by Felipe Quintero, Hot Hitter won the Governor’s Cup Futurity last season and will now try to match his half-brother Hard Hitting’s sweep of the Governor’s Cup series with a win in the derby. If he’s successful at his task, Hot Hitter will become only the seventh horse in 32 years to win both the Governor’s Cup Derby and Futurity. In addition to Hard Hitting, who accomplished the feat in 2008-09, the other six to have scored the double are Separatist (1999-2000), Corona Cash (1997-98), Corona Chick (1991-92), Aladuino (1982-83) and Rich Lass (1981-82).

Ridden for the first time by Francisco Rubio, Hot Hitter also improved his record to four wins in 10 starts. His seventh place finish in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity is the only time that he’s ever been out of the money. Ed Allred bred the gelding out of 2008 PCQHRA Broodmare of the Year Chickasis. Trial runner-up Enjoy The Walk, who is also owned by Dr. Burns, was the second fastest qualifier with a time of :19.523.

Piloted by Carlos Huerta, Personal Glory was fourth at the start before taking off in the second half of the race to catch Walkin Bac. Her winning time was the third fastest of the evening, while Walkin Bac’s clocking of :19.564 was the fourth fastest. If not by the toss of a coin, Personal Glory could have been retired following her 2-year-old campaign. As an accomplished freshman sprinter, Personal Glory was third in the Ed Burke Million Futurity for partners Dutch Masters III and Jaime Gomez. After a busy eight-race campaign, Dutch Masters III wanted to send the mare exclusively to the breeding shed, while Gomez was confident that the filly could deliver several more solid races in her sophomore campaign. It all came down to friendly gamble during a golf course outing.

“I was golfing with Dr. Streelman and we started talking about the filly,” Gomez said. “It was the day before the 2010 Champion of Champions and Doc Streelman told me I had until the 9th hole to tell him if I wanted to buy or sell the filly. I told him that we could leave it up to a coin toss. The winner would win the filly and the other one would set the price. It was a friendly gamble and I was happy that I won the toss. I took out an embryo out of her by Mr Jess Perry and she came back great in this race. Carlos Huerta said she was a little tired at the end, but she probably needed the race. Carlos said that she ran a pretty solid race and he only pushed her enough to win the trial. He didn’t push her super hard.”

Gomez knows that winning the derby final will not be an easy task.

“Hot Hitter ran a great race in also his first start of the year,” said the trainer, who’ll be looking for his first win ever in the Governor’s Cup Derby on July 30th. “It’ll be a tough race, but my filly will be ready.”

The complete list of qualifiers is as follows: Hot Hitter (:19.485), Enjoy The Walk (:19.523), Personal Glory (:19.560), Walkin Bac (:19.564), Parsons Rock (:19.593), Sheza Shy Shahayla (:19.620), Sentimental Chick (:19.645), Man Of Mine (:19.656), Been Chased (:19.672), and Fearless And First (:19.840).

76 READY TO RUN IN GOVERNOR’S CUP FUTURITY TRIALS ON SATURDAY

The Governor’s Cup Futurity will be held on Saturday, July 30 as part of the outstanding California Breeders Champions Night. The purse for the futurity will be an outstanding $466,000, an increase of $38,000 from last year’s final purse. The juicy purse has attracted 76 freshman sprinters for Saturday’s trials at 350 yards. There will be nine trials contested starting with the second race on the card and the horses with the 10 fastest times will return for the final on July 30. Thirty two of the 76 runners are graduates of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale.

The lineup of futurity hopefuls will be headed by Kindergarten Futurity runner-up Fixin To Fly from the barn of trainer Jim Hanson. The gelding by Walk Thru Fire posted one of the most impressive Kindergarten trial wins on May 8 when he blew away his rivals by 1 3/4 lengths. Only the great Separate Fire was able to finish ahead of Fixin To Fly in the Kindergarten final, which means that a lot will be expected from the Danielle Hall and Hanson-owned runner in Saturday’s trial. To be ridden by Jay Conklin, Fixin To Fly will be in action in the fifth race on Saturday, which is the fourth trial of the night.

Race number six will feature Edmundo and Elizabeth Gutierrez’s Ladies Royal Six and Armando Leon’s No Time To Fire, a pair of runners that looked sharp when winning their respective trials to the Ed Burke Million Futurity on June 12.

“(Ladies Royal Six) was my first ever starter in a futurity trial,” said 24-year-old trainer Lissette Hernandez. “I was very nervous going into the race, but it was a great thrill to see him win his race. It’s tough to qualify to futurity like the Ed Burke, but I was proud of the way my horse ran.”

Meanwhile, No Time To Fire posted a quick time of :17.55 when outdueling Carne Vino in their Ed Burke trial, plus his time was a little faster than Ladies Royal Six’s winning effort of :17.65. Their times were not fast enough to land them spots in the million dollar Ed Burke, but their solid efforts still make them two to watch in Saturday’s sixth race.

Kindergarten Futurity finalist Ima Chickie Two will be in action in the eighth race of the night. Trained by Adan Farias for S-Quarter K LLC, Ima Chickie Two broke his maiden a month ago when crushing nine rivals with a 1 1/4 length victory. In his previous race, Ima Chickie Two had finished eighth in the Kindergarten final, but only after a highly troubled journey from post five.

Elena Andrade’s Mucho Fuego will also be in action in the eighth race following a solid half-length victory in his racing debut. Sired by Walk Thru Fire out of the Corona Cartel mare Corona Mas Fina, Mucho Fuego will be ridden by Carlos Huerta from post four. “Mucho Fuego is a very neat horse because he is so hilarious,” Andrade said. “He is a colt, but he is so easy going around the barn. My son, Oscar, and his friend Alex will go in his stall and and brush him and lay on top of him and he doesn’t mind. Carlos Huerta loves to come around to see him because he’ll be lying on the ground while you are cleaning his stall. He’s a lot of fun.”

The first trial of the night (race number two) will feature Illegal Smile, a gelding by champion FDD Dynasty out of champion aged mare Blazin Fire, and also Eye For FDD, a gelding by First Down Dash out of the millionaire Eye For Corona, who won the 2007 Golden State Million Futurity and finished second in both the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Ed Burke Million Futurity. Kolleen Ledgerwood’s This Partys Fire, who posted a nice maiden win back in May, will make his return start when he heads the second trial (race number three). A graduate of the Los Alamitos Equine Sale, This Partys Fire is a full brother to 2009 Golden State Million Futurity winner The Partys On Fire.

David and Ross Hinkins’ FDD Moon is another son of First Down Dash to keep an eye on. A brother to champion Your First Moon and major stakes winner Not A Full Moon, FDD Moon will be in action in trial number six (race number seven) on Saturday.

Long Gone is one of the marquee names in the Governor’s Cup trials. The son of TR Dasher blew away his rivals when debuting with a 1 3/4 length maiden victory, but then missed the Ed Burke Million Futurity final by a whisker with a time of :17.51 was 1/100ths of a second slower than the 10th fastest qualifier. Long Gone still has his luster and many are expecting him to be one of the stars on this night of trials. He’ll be in action in the third heat (race number four) on Saturday. His main rivals figure to include Idol Special Dash, maiden winner Earth Rain Fire and Ed Burke Million Futurity trial runner-up Cowgrlsdontcry.

The final two trials appear to be the most wide open races of the evening. Holt McLaren ran second his debut and now figures to do well for trainer Jimmy Glenn Jr. and owner Ed Allred, while the Allred-bred Pickens will take on Pazazz Quarterhorses Ltd’s OC City Girl and Bobby Cox’s Shes Dashin First in the final final trial. Paul Jones will saddle Shes Dashin First.


HOT HITTER AND COMPANY READY FOR GOVERNOR’S CUP DERBY TRIALS

Hot Hitter and Tough To Tell, the top two finishers in last year’s Governor’s Cup Futurity, will now headline separate 400-yard trials to the $196,000 Governor’s Cup Derby on Friday at Los Alamitos. Racing for Arnold Gonzalez, Hot Hitter won last year’s futurity by a half-length and will now be in action in the eighth race of the night. Mimi Wells’ Tough To Tell will race in the other trial, which is scheduled as the ninth race on Friday. The horses with the 10 fastest times in the trials will compete in the derby final on California Breeders Champions Night on Saturday, July 30.

Hot Hitter had a solid campaign in 2010. In addition to his futurity win, the son of Walk Thru Fire finished third in the Golden State Million Futurity and was seventh in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. That was his only start out of the money in nine freshman starts. Hot Hitter will be making his sophomore debut on Friday and will be ridden by Francisco Rubio for the first time.

The opening trial is the toughest of the night on paper. Donald and Peggy Boyle’s Current Sea, the runner-up in the El Primero Del Ano Derby earlier this year, and Steve Burns’ Enjoy The Walk, who finished third in the La Primera Del Ano Derby, will also be in action in this trial. Anna MacPherson’s Man Of Mine, a four-time winner in his career, and Golden State Juvenile Stakes winner Girlie Man will also be in action.

Mimi Wells’ Tough To Tell was bumped hard in her sophomore debut when facing Current Sea in an allowance test on June 4. To her credit, Tough To Tell came on strong at the end and made up a length when finishing in fourth place. Personal Glory, who finished third in the Ed Burke Million Futurity, and Enjoy The Walk’s stablemate, Walkin Bac, are among the other top names in the second trial.

SEPARATE FIRE NOW A TWO-TIME MAJOR FUTURITY WINNER AFTER ED BURKE MILLION VICTORY

After posting a stakes record win in the $339,600 Kindergarten Futurity, Tremor Enterprises’ Separate Fire scored a brilliant wire to wire victory in the Grade 1 $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity on Sunday at Los Alamitos to help her owners become the winners of a million dollar Quarter Horse race in the states of New Mexico, Texas and now California.

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Separate Fire flew out of the gate and quickly established a ¾ length advantage before holding off the late rush of Berenisse Gonzalez’s Kindly Fellow to win the first leg of the Los Alamitos Cash Bonanza by a neck. Separate Fire could become the first winner of the Bonanza’s $1,000,000 dollar cash bonus if she wins both the Golden State Million Futurity on October 30 and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity on December 11. Howard Nichols’ Oceanik ran third and was followed across the wire by Terrific Synergy, Sex On Fire, Hi On The List, Fire Moon Lady, Flame N Flash, Sompin About First and A Country Boy Can.

Bred by PCQHRA Director Dr. Steve Burns, Separate Fire covered the distance in :17.301 to give her the second fastest 350-yard time by a filly in the history of the Ed Burke Million Futurity. Her time is second only to champion Higher Fire’s :17.23 clocking in her 2005 victory. The overall 350-yard stakes record of :17.17 was set by Carters Cartel in 2007.

For Jose Trevino and wife Zulema, the Ed Burke Million will now be added to the family’s other million dollar wins. Those were posted by Mr Piloto during last year’s $2,050,000 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico and by champion Tempting Dash in the $1,105,397 Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park in Texas in 2009.“We’re down to the ground people, but this is a great moment and we will enjoy it,” Trevino said. “I don’t think I could pick a favorite win (among the million dollar futurities). We feel the same for this one as we do for the other ones, but we appreciate them all. Even when you lose a race, they each give you experience and that’s what counts. If you have 10 horses in the starting gate, you have a 10 percent chance to win and 90 percent chance to lose. We come to the track with those percentages in mind and we feel blessed whenever we win a race.”

The connections of Separate Fire certainly felt very fortunate on the night of the Ed Burke Million trials on June 12. Heavily favored to win her trial, the daughter of Walk Thru Fire had a very troubled start and needed a huge rally to finish second to fastest qualifier Fire Moon Lady. Separate Fire’s time in the trials of :17.501 put her in big danger to miss the Ed Burke final. “The night of the trials was a very long night,” Trevino added. “That was the toughest night I’ve encountered in racing. We were in the fourth trial of 12 and after her race she was the fifth fastest of 10 qualifiers with still eight trials to go. There were eight trials to go and a lot of awesome horses. I was nervous, hoping for the wind to change and praying a lot. The filly ran her best race that night to qualify.”

Separate Fire’s time held up to be the ninth fastest of the night with only 1/100th of a second to spare. Making the Ed Burke Million and winning it was worth $456,120 in first place money. Her career earnings now stand at $605,082.


ED BURKE MILLION FUTURITY

Dutch Masters III’s Fire Moon Lady enjoyed an upset victory over a field headed by Kindergarten Futurity winner Separate Fire on the way to the fastest qualifying time to the richest running ever of the Ed Burke Million Futurity in Sunday’s trials at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Ed Burke Million final will be held on Sunday, June 26.

Ridden by Francisco Rubio and trained by Jaime Gomez, Fire Moon Lady scored a ¾ length victory over Howard Nichols’ Oceanik and Tremor Enterprises LLC’s Separate Fire while covering the 350 yards in a time of :17.365 in the fourth of 12 trials on Sunday. Sent off at 11-1 odds, the Mike Abraham-bred filly led from start to finish en route to earning her first win in three career starts.

“This is the first time she’s had a good break out of the gates,” said Gomez. “In her first start she got closed off and finished sixth and in her second out she was bumped twice. Today she flew out of there and look at the race that she ran. Her workouts were pretty good, but what a race she ran here. Now we just have to make sure that she comes back in great shape in the final.”

Odd numbered years have been kind to Gomez in recent years. The trainer saddled Dutch Masters III’s champion millionaire filly Higher Fire to victory in the 2005 Ed Burke Million Futurity before winning this race again with Double Bar S Ranch’s champion 2-year-old colt Carters Cartel in 2007. Gomez won the Ed Burke for a third time in 2009 when he saddled LD Fire to a dead-heat victory with Streakin Laquinta. Gomez would love nothing to see the odd trend continue in 2011.

“I’m just happy to have a horse in the final for Dutch Masters III,” Gomez said. “I’d love to win this race again for Dutch Masters III.”

Oceanik and Separate Fire also qualified from this trial heat, as Oceanik crossed the wire in a time of :17.500 while the highly regarded Separate Fire was just a whisker behind with a time of :17.501. The connections of Separate Fire had to sweat it out for most of the night, as she sat on the lower half of the list of qualifiers the entire night. She ended it up being the ninth fastest qualifier.

“She was moving in the gate and was not set,” trainer Paul Jones said. “She was two lengths behind right from the start and she ran an unbelievable race just to salvage something out of that. She ran a great race to finish third. It would have been (tough) to see her not make the final. I was pretty disappointed at the way her start to the race went and I was dragging all night because I didn’t think she was going to make it. Right now I am very happy and pleased that’s she in the final. Now it doesn’t matter if she was the fastest or the 10th fastest because she won’t know the difference when she’s in the gate for the final.”

The complete list of qualifiers to the Ed Burke Million Futurity final to be held on Sunday, June 26 is as follows: Fire Moon Lady (:17.365), Kindly Fellow (:17.383), Sompin About First (:17.386), Hi On The List (:17.410), Terrific Synergy (:17.418), Flame N Flash (:17.453), A Country Boy Can (:17.488), Oceanik (:17.500), Separate Fire (:17.501) and Sex On Fire (:17.505).

103 SET TO RUN IN TRIALS TO $1,126,000 ED BURKE MILLION FUTURITY

Few races have been as productive as this year's Grade I $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity when it comes to churning out future AQHA Champions. Since 1994, 12 runners who triumphed in the Ed Burke have gone on to receive an AQHA Champion Two-year-old award at the end of the season. Such notable horses include standout colts like First Sovereign, Foose, Hawkish, FDD Dynasty, and Carters Cartel, brilliant fillies like Ah Sigh, Corona Cash, Corona Kool, Higher Fire and Corona Kool, and the great hard-knocking geldings Uncas and Dashing Knud.

With 12 trials at 350 yards slated for this year's Ed Burke Million Futurity, 103 two-year-olds will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and secure a spot in this storied race. The Ed Burke Million Futurity also kicks off the first leg of the rich Cash Bonanza Series, which awards $1,000,000 to any horse talented enough to win the Ed Burke, the Golden State Million Futurity, and the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity. Sunday's racing card will also feature a total of three Pick Four wagers made up of races 1,2,3,4 for the early Pick Four; 5,6,7,8 for the middle Pick Four; and 9,10,11 and 12 for the late Pick Four.

The trials will also feature 24 runners with at least one victory to their name, including Tremor Enterprises's Grade 1 Kindergarten Futurity winner Separate Fire for trainer Paul Jones. It is a huge day for the partnership of Tremor Enterprises and Jones, as earlier on Sunday they'll be represented by fastest qualifier Fly First Down in the Ruidoso Futurity. A Kindergarten stakes record holder and a winner of all three of her career starts, Separate Fire is the big name on trial night. She'll be racing in the fourth of 12 trials.



ONE RAMBLIN LADY IS TOO TOUGH IN CLAIMING FUTURITY

First crop sire Tac It Like A Man sired his first stakes winner when Block N Tackle won the $75,772 Desert Classic Futurity on May 6 at Turf Paradise. A month later, Tac It Like A Man sired his first major winner at Los Alamitos Race Course when the filly One Ramblin Lady won the $56,400 Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity on Friday.

Ridden by Adrian Loza for brothers Gustavo, Jose and Ugo De La Torre, One Ramblin Lady defeated Real And Spectacular by a length while covering the 350 yards in :17.4450. Claimed for $12,500 out of the claiming trials, One Ramblin Lady was also picking up her second win in a row from four career starts. She earned $23,688 for the win. Ugo De La Torre saddled her from post five.

One Ramblin Lady dominated the Los Alamitos Claiming Futurity, as she flew out of the gate with Loza in the irons. For the Link Newcomb and Micah Leslie-bred filly, this was the second time that she had exploded out of the gate on the way to victory. In the Claiming Futurity trials, she had a 1 ¾ length lead before She Shops made things very interesting with a powerful late rush. Things were a little different in the Claiming Futurity final. One Ramblin Lady broke right with alongside Real And Spectacular before pulling away to a daylight victory.

One Ramblin Lady remains eligible to compete in the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and somewhere in the southwest part of the country, trainer Matt Fales has to be proud about the early success of the filly and of Tac It Like A Man. The trainer saddled Block N Tackle to victory in the Desert Classic and he also worked with One Ramblin Lady during the early stages of her career. One Ramblin Lady made her debut at Turf Paradise under Fales’ watchful eye. She ran fifth from among nine horses in her trial to the Desert Classic before being shipped to the barn of Dan Francisco at Los Alamitos. Francisco saddled her to victory in the Claiming Futurity trials, but the De La Torre brothers pounced on her and claimed for the listed $12,500 price.

From a limited number of starters, Tac It Like A Man has also sired Beehive Futurity winner Ill Tacmanhattan and The Long Knife, who is a winner of over $10,000. Bred and owned by Double Bar S Ranch, LLC, Tac It Like A Man won or placed in eight of 12 starts to 3, earning $413,563. He won the PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity(G1), Governor's Cup Futurity(G1) and was a finalist in the Ed Burke Million Futurity(G1) and Southern California Derby(G1). Tac It Like A Man stands at Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Immediately after visiting the winner’s circle for One Ramblin Lady’s victory, the De La Torre brothers rushed out of the winner’s circle to prepare for a 5 a.m. flight to New Mexico. The brothers will be represented by Golden State Million Futurity One Sweet Jess in Saturday’s $702,605 Ruidoso Derby. They’ll then flight back to California for the trials to the $1,126,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity, as the trio will have horses carrying the barn’s silks.

Runner-up Real And Spectacular earned $9,588 for finishing in second place for owners Ryan and Mark Hanson. Fastest qualifier Academy Days suffered his first defeat in three starts when finishing third in this race. Lookin At Miracles, Fast Filly Junior, Mayla Bonita, Get Thee Hence, She Shops and Runaway Jamie completed the field. Check Him Hot was scratched from this race.

2011 Outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1)
Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)
Frequently Asked Questions June 2, 2011

CURRENT OUTBREAK SUMMARY QUESTIONS

When did the 2011 EHV-1/EHM outbreak begin?
On May 13, 2011, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) notified State Animal Health Officials that fifty-four (54) California horses, which competed in Western National Championship held in Ogden, Utah on April 30-May 8, 2011, may have been exposed to the neurological strain of the EHV-1 virus. Some of these same horses competed in the Kern County Cutting Horse event in Bakersfield, CA on May 13, 2011. One horse that competed in Ogden, UT was euthanized at the Kern County Cutting Horse event after showing severe neurological signs; EHM was the final diagnosis for this horse. All horses at the Ogden, UT and Bakersfield, CA events were potentially exposed to the disease.
Where can I get the most up-to-date information on this disease outbreak?
In California, EHV-1/EHM is a disease reportable to State Animal Health Officials within 48 hours of diagnosis. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Animal Health Branch (AHB) is responsible for monitoring this EHV-1/EHM outbreak, for conducting EHV-1/EHM disease investigations, for confirming positive cases and issuing quarantines on EHV-1 positive horses. For the latest information on confirmed cases in California, visit http://cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_herpes_virus.html or call the AHB Headquarters Office at 916-654-1477.

Where do I report a suspect case of EHV-1/EHM?
In California, any suspect case of EHV-1/EHM should be reported to the CDFA Animal Health Branch (AHB) Headquarters Office (916-654-1477) or a local AHB District Office (See District Office Telephone numbers below).
What type of horse is primarily affected in this outbreak?
The current outbreak of EHV-1/EHM centers in the cutting horse population. To date, the EHV-1/EHM positive horses in California have been ones that participated in the Ogden, UT or Bakersfield, CA cutting events, or horses subsequently exposed to horses returning to premises after these events. Currently in California, there are no confirmed EHV-1/EHM cases in any other discipline.

Is my horse at risk for this disease?
Horses which participated at the Ogden, UT or Bakersfield, CA cutting events are an “exposed high-risk” population of horses. A horse which had subsequent exposure to an “exposed high-risk” horse is considered an “exposed at-risk” horse. Exposed horses should be isolated and monitored for clinical signs of EHV-1/EHM. Horses with no exposure to the designated exposed populations of horses are “at low risk” for the disease in this outbreak.
Has there been spread of this disease to other than cutting horses?
As of June 1, 2011, all confirmed cases of EHV-1/EHM are horses which competed at the Ogden, UT or Bakersfield, CA cutting events, or horses subsequently exposed to horses returning to premises after these events. To date, there has been no evidence of disease spread beyond this population of horses.

Are the California borders closed to movement of horses?
The California borders are open for movement of horses into and from the state. Routine entry requirements for horses into California include a valid Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (heath certificate) with evidence of a negative Equine Infectious Anemia test (Coggins Test) obtained within 6 months prior to entry. CDFA continues to monitor the current situation to assess the disease risk to the California equine industry.

Can I travel out-of-state with my horse?
CDFA has not been informed of border closure for any state. If you are planning to travel out-of-state with your horse, contact the Office of the State Veterinarian in the state of destination for the most current entry requirements for horses before you travel.

2011 Outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1)
Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)
Frequently Asked Questions June 2, 2011

CURRENT OUTBREAK SUMMARY QUESTIONS (CONTINUED)

Is it safe to show my horse?
There is always risk when horses of unknown health status are commingled at one location for a show or competition. When considering whether to show your horse, evaluate each event situation independently and consider disease risks of the specific event. Consistent basic biosecurity practices play an important role in reducing risk of exposure to diseases such as influenza, strangles, pigeon fever, or equine herpes virus when attending an event. Currently, cutting horses that participated in the Ogden, UT or Bakersfield, CA cutting events in May 2011 pose an increased risk of exposure to EHV-1/EHM.
EHV-1/EHM DISEASE QUESTIONS

What is the disease agent for the current outbreak?
Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) is the disease agent in the current outbreak. EHV-1 infection in horses can cause respiratory disease, abortion in mares, neonatal foal death and neurological disease.

Are there different strains of EHV-1?
There are two strains of EHV-1 ubiquitous in the environment. The wild type non-neuropathogenic strain of the virus most commonly causes respiratory disease, abortion and neonatal foal death, but may occasionally result in neurological disease. Licensed vaccines effective against this strain of the virus are available. The mutant neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1 most commonly causes the neurologic disease syndrome, Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM). Currently manufactured licensed vaccines have no label claims to protect against the mutant neuropathogenic strain. The mutant neuropathogenic strain has been laboratory confirmed as the disease agent in all confirmed cases in this outbreak.
What is Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)?
EHM is the neurological disease syndrome caused by the EHV-1. In this syndrome, the EHV-1 virus damages blood vessels in the brain and spinal cord causing the various neurological clinical presentations of the disease.

Are all equids susceptible to EHV-1?
All equids are susceptible to EHV-1. Mules and donkeys are asymptomatic carriers that do not show clinical signs of the disease but can shed the EHV-1 resulting in disease spread.

Can humans be infected with EHV-1?
EHV-1 is not transmissible to humans.

Are other animal species susceptible to infection with EHV-1?
There are rare reports of disease caused by EHV-1 in alpacas, llamas and guinea pigs. The disease does not affect livestock, cats or dogs.

Can a horse be a carrier of EHV-1?
It is thought that a significant percentage of horses are asymptomatic carriers of EHV-1. Similar to herpes viruses in other species, the dormant form of EHV-1 can reactivate at a later date, but generally with a low viral load posing a low risk of infecting another horse. It is unlikely that latent carriers of the neurotropic EHV-1 strain will reactivate to cause reintroduction of the disease at a later time.

How does the virus shed from an infected horse?
Some horses infected with the neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1 can shed a large amount of virus in nasal secretions. Horses that have been exposed to the virus and not showing clinical signs of disease can also shed virus into the environment. Respiratory shedding of the virus generally occurs for 7-10 days, but may persist longer in infected horses.
2011 Outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1)
Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)
Frequently Asked Questions June 2, 2011
EHV-1/EHM DISEASE QUESTIONS (CONTINUED)

How does this virus spread?
EHV-1 is spread in nasal secretion and can spread by direct horse-to-horse contact. The virus may also be spread indirectly through contact with objects contaminated with the virus, such as clothing, human hands, equipment, tack, trailers, feed/water buckets and wash rags. The virus can become airborne but only for short distances.

How long can the virus live in the environment?
Sunlight and dry environments inactivate the virus. It is estimated that the virus remains viable on clothes and human hands for 4-6 hours. In the environment under normal circumstances, the virus is estimated to be viable for up to 7 days however; it may survive for a maximum of one month under moist conditions away from sunlight.

As an owner of an exposed horse, what should I do to monitor my horse?
Owners of exposed or potentially exposed horses should monitor the rectal temperature on each horse two times a day. A rectal temperature greater than 102°F commonly precedes other clinical signs of EHM. If a temperature reading above 102°F occurs or other clinical signs of disease are observed, immediately contact your private veterinarian for evaluation of the horse and preferably collection of nasal swabs and blood for laboratory testing.

What are the clinical signs of EHM?
Clinical signs of EHM in horses may include fever, nasal discharge, limb edema, incoordination, hindquarter weakness, recumbency, lethargy, urine dribbling and diminished tail tone.

How soon after exposure could my horse show clinical signs of disease?
The EHV-1 incubation period is defined as the period of time from exposure of the horse to the virus to the time the horse displays clinical signs of disease. The incubation period for EHM is typically from two (2) to ten (10) days, but may be as short as twenty-four (24) hours or as long as fourteen (14) days. The clinical sign of fever typically precedes respiratory signs and limb edema. Neurological signs may appear suddenly, progress rapidly and peak in intensity within 24-48 hours from the onset of neurologic signs.
What is the likelihood that my EHV-1/EHM exposed horse will get sick and die?
Due to the limited number of past EHM outbreaks, there is little field data incidence of illness and death in exposed horses. Studies indicate that 80% of infected horses will display a fever; 30-35% of infected horses will develop neurologic signs; and 5-15% of infected horses will die or be euthanized. Long term prognosis is good for infected horses that do survive.

How is EHM diagnosed?
Diagnosis of EHM is based on clinical signs and detection and isolation of the virus. A private practitioner should obtain a nasal swab and/or blood sample from an exposed horse with clinical signs of EHV-1 to submit to a diagnostic laboratory to test for the virus. Laboratory testing can determine if EHV-1 is present and the specific strain of EHV-1.

Is there a treatment for EHM?
Supportive treatments for EHM include administration of intravenous fluids, anti-inflammatory drugs, antiviral drugs and other appropriate supportive therapies.
Are antiviral drugs effective against EHM?
In horses with a high risk of exposure, develop a fever or test positive for EHV- 1, the administration of antiviral drugs may decrease the chance of the horse developing neurologic signs of the disease.

2011 Outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1)
Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM)
Frequently Asked Questions June 2, 2011
EHV-1/EHM DISEASE QUESTIONS (CONTINUED)

Are vaccines protective against EHM available?
There are no USDA licensed EHV-1 vaccines with label claims of protection against the neurologic strain of EHV-1. Limited research results do indicate that some EHV- 1 vaccines have been shown to reduce nasal shedding of the virus and, in some cases, reduce the amount of virus present in the blood of an
infected horse. Use of vaccination during an outbreak is controversial and risk-based; a decision to vaccinate should be made in consultation with a veterinarian.

What disinfectants are effective against EHV-1?
Herpes viruses are susceptible to many disinfectants. In general, 1:10 dilution of bleach to water is effective against EHV-1. Both alcohol and bleach disinfectants are inactivated by organic matter, such as manure and soil. Therefore prior to the disinfection process, all areas must be thoroughly cleaned with soap or detergent to decrease the organic matter present before use of these products. In barn environments, where organic material cannot be completely eliminated, it is advisable to use a disinfectant that retains activity in the presence of organic matter. Phenolics, such as 1 Stoke Environ® or SynPhenol-3®, and accelerated hydrogen peroxide products, such as Virkon®, have this property. Be sure to follow manufacturer recommendations and label instructions for the disinfectant selected for use.

How should I isolate my EHV-1/EHM positive horse?
Isolate EHV-1/EHM positive horses in a separate area on the affected premises or identify new premises without any horses as the site of isolation. Aerosol and fomite transmission are key modes of disease spread on an infected premises. Even with establishment of extreme biosecurity precautions, the ability to manage EHV-1/EHM cases in the same stabling area with other horses is often ineffective.

What biosecurity measures should be implemented for EHV-1 positive or suspect horses?
• Isolate any suspect, exposed, or confirmed positive EHV-1/EHM horses.
• Restrict access of personnel to isolation area.
• Wear protective clothing including coveralls, rubber boots or plastic boot covers when entering the stall or contacting an EHV-1/EHM suspect, exposed or confirmed positive horse. All protective clothing should be disposed of or washed before contacting any other horses.
• Use disinfectant-saturated foot mats or foot baths filled with disinfectant at entry and exit doors to barns and stalls. Be certain to change foot bath solutions frequently since the presence of organic matter may deactivate the disinfectant.
• Wear disposable gloves while handling infected animals. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water between contacts with horses.
• Always handle healthy animals first and sick animals last.
• Use separate grooming, feeding and handling equipment for each horse.
Where can I get additional EHV-1/EHM information?
• CDFA EHV-1 Webpage: http://cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_herpes_virus.html
• USDA EHV-1 Webpage: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/nahss/equine/ehv/
• American Assoc. of Equine Practitioners: http://www.aaep.org/EHV_resourcesowner.htm
• UC Davis Center for Equine Health: http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ceh/ehv1_general.cfm
CDFA Animal Health Branch Offices
Sacramento (HQ)
916-654-1447
Modesto
209-491-9350
Ontario
909-947-4462
Redding
530-225-2140
Tulare
559-685-3500
USDA/APHIS/VS 916-854-3950 or 877-741-3690

CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD
TITLE 4. CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
ARTICLE 15. VETERINARY PRACTICES
PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF
RULE 1846.5. POSTMORTEM EXAMINATION
1846.5. Postmortem Examination.
(a) Every horse which suffers a fatal injury on the racetrack in training or in competition, or which dies or is euthanized within an area under the jurisdiction of the Board, shall
undergo a postmortem examination at a diagnostic laboratory which is under contract with the Board to determine the injury or sickness which resulted in euthanasia or natural death.
(b) Test samples may be obtained from the carcass upon which the postmortem examination is to be conducted and sent to the diagnostic laboratory for testing for foreign substances or their metabolites, and natural substances at abnormal levels. When practical, test samples shall be procured prior to euthanasia.
(c) The costs associated with transportation to the diagnostic laboratory of any horse which has died under the provisions of subparagraph (a) shall be the responsibility of the racing association conducting the meeting where the death occurred or the training center or racetrack where death occurred when no meeting is in progress. The services of the official veterinarian and the laboratory testing of postmortem samples for standard necropsy and special equine necropsy examinations shall be made available by the Board without charge to the owner. The cost of any additional necropsy examination(s) requested by the owner or trainer are the responsibility of the requesting individual.
(d) Requests for each postmortem shall be filed with the official veterinarian by the owner's or trainer's veterinarian within one hour of the death and shall be submitted on a Necropsy Submission Form, CHRB-72, (Rev. 06/04), hereby incorporated by reference, and which is available at all official veterinarian offices. The trainer is co-responsible to supply all information to complete CHRB-72.
(e) If the official veterinarian is not available, the owner's or trainer's veterinarian must phone the diagnostic laboratory within one hour of the death and fax CHRB-72 to the laboratory as notification that the horse is due for necropsy. On the official veterinarian's next scheduled work day, the owner's or trainer's veterinarian shall give the original CHRB-72 to the official veterinarian.
(1) Within 48 hours of the submission of the CHRB-72, the owner’s or trainer’s veterinarian shall provide the official veterinarian with the preceding six months of veterinary records that pertain to the horse submitted for the postmortem examination.
(2) Any veterinary medical records provided to the Board shall be considered confidential and their contents shall not be disclosed except in a proceeding before the stewards or the Board, in exercise of the Board’s jurisdiction or in the analysis of injuries and illnesses causing fatalities as approved by the Executive Director and the Equine Medical Director.
(f) The racing association, racetrack or training center will notify the transporter within one hour of death to have the horse conveyed to the designated laboratory for necropsy.
(g) Upon completion of the postmortem examination the diagnostic laboratory shall file a written report with the Executive Director, the Equine Medical Director and the official veterinarian.
(h) Each owner and trainer accepts responsibility for the postmortem examination provided herein as a requisite for maintaining an occupational license.
Authority: Section 19440,
Business and Professions Code.
Reference: Section 4857 and 19444(c),