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Gentry After Second Millie Vessels

Owner-breeder Robert Gentry tries for a second-straight Millie Vessels win.

September 27, 2012

Owner-breeder Robert Gentry and trainer Juan Aleman try for their second-straight victory in the $150,000 Mildred Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) at 400 yards on Sunday evening at Los Alamitos when his Fredaville tries for back-to-back stakes wins.

They pair teamed up last year to win the Mildred Vessels with Fovee.

Fredaville (Mr Jess Perry-Fearless Freda by Dash For Cash) has made 21 of her 25 latest starts in stakes company and has proven to be a valiant warrior with 10 wins, eight seconds and six thirds from 33 career starts. She is still very competitive at the highest level of distaff completion with a win in the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge (G3) in her latest start. She went to the front and cruised to the half length win.

Earlier this year, the contender for year-end championship honors won the Merial Remington Park Distaff Challenge, was second in the Juno Request Stakes (G2), third in the Charger Bar Handicap (G2) and third against males in the $75,000 Hialeah Invitational Championship.

Aleman will also send out Robert Williams’ Flame N Flash (Walk Thru Fire-Oh La Proud by Shirley’s Champion (TB)) as she makes her first start since winning the La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3) over fillies in April. The winner of five of 11 starts won the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile (R), was a close second in the California Breeders Freshman Stakes and a close fourth, beaten a neck, in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1).

Legacy Ranch and Muller Racing’s Flying Fig (Corona Cartel-Tender Flyer by Strawfly Special) has always competed at a high level and was the 2010 champion 2-year-old filly after finishing second in the Los Alamitos Two Million (G1), Golden State Million (G1) and the Ed Burke Million (G1).

Flying Fig, trained by Denny Ekins, continues to excel with a third behind Fredaville in the Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge at 5-2 odds and a fourth-place finish against the boys in the Vessels Maturity (G1) in her two most recent outs.

Jose Uranga’s Classic Sassy Check (Check Him Out-Classic Sassy Chic by A Classic Dash) was a $3,200 claim in March and now is dangerous at the top stakes level. Since the claim, she won the Ivan Ashment Handicap, was second in the Miss Princess Handicap (G3) and fourth in the California Breeders Matron Stakes (RG3) as the 4-5 favorite.