Q-Racing JournalAugust 21, 2014
World Champion Racing Stables LLC’s Dimes And Nicks and Ron Hartley’s Moonist, the top two qualifiers, lead the way into the $250,000 Golden State Derby (G1) over 400 yards on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.
Dimes And Nicks (Azoom-Corona Cash by First Down Dash) and Moonist (Separatist-Your First Moon by First Down Dash) were also the top two qualifiers to the $202,100 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2), with Dimes And Nicks setting the top qualifying time and Moonist winning the El Primero.
Dimes And Nicks, out of 1997 All American Futurity (G1) winner Corona Cash, finished a troubled ninth in the El Primero Derby, while Moonist has not been defeated since taking his El Primero Derby trial by a half length.
Trained by Eloy Navarro, Dimes And Nicks came out of the El Primero Derby to finish a close third in a Los Alamitos’ conditioned allowance race. The gelding then stepped forward when he won his Golden State Derby trial by 1 1/4 lengths with the quickest mark of :19.539.
Moonist has been on a winning roll for trainer John Cooper. The gelding won the El Primero Derby by a half length at 11-10 odds and then beat Cal-breds when he won the $189,238 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG3) by a half length at 13-10 odds.
Veteran trainer Cooper brought Moonist back two weeks later for the Golden State Derby trials, and the gelding responded with a 1 3/4-length trial score at 1-2 odds. He was timed in :19.556.
Moonist, a son of champion 2-year-old Your First Moon, showed his potential last year. He was second in the $375,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) and then won the $30,000 Golden State Juvenile and the $35,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile.
Another Oatie (Walk Thru Fire-Kingman Kin by Raise A Secret) and Foose Is Loose (Foose-Shescheckinumout by Check Him Out) finished in a dead heat for second behind Dimes And Nicks and share the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.750.
LEMA Racing Stables’ Another Oatie won the $112,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes back in February and did not return until the Golden State Derby trials.
Paul Jones and Thompson Racing Inc.’s homebred Foose Is Loose was second to Moonist in the Governor’s Cup Derby. Last year, the gelding qualified for the $1,071,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) and the $281,100 Kindergarten Futurity (G2).
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