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Ima Chickie Two Completes Sweep

Chicks Beduino filly captures PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity-Derby double at Los Alamitos.

October 6, 2012

Racing for Don and Kathy Meneely’s S-Quarter K LLC, Ima Chickie Two became the fourth runner to sweep the PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby (G3) and Futurity (G2) after holding off fastest qualifier Separate Thoughts by a neck in the $160,000 Derby on Friday at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Jose Flores, Ima Chickie Two led by three-quarters of a length early on and did enough during the second half of the 400-yard race to score her first victory since the PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity on October 1, 2011. The homebred daughter of Chicks Beduino earned $67,200 for the win to take her career earnings to $346,448. She also joins Hawkish (2003-2004), Make It Anywhere (2001-2002) and A Zure Hope Too (1985-1986) as the only horses to sweep this series in its 29-year history.

“We are so excited about this race because we want her to have the recognition that we feel she should have,” said Kathy Meneely. “She’s our baby. I love her heart. She comes to play every time. She gives it her all. What else can you ask?”

Washington-bred Ima Chickie Two has won five of 13 starts, but her win-loss record could be even better according to Meneely.

“She’s like shot out of the gate and usually takes the lead at the start,” the owner added. “She then starts playing around and loses her concentration. She starts looking around to see who else is around her on the lead. That’s what happened to her in the derby trials. She was looking around and then Separate Thoughts came on to her and by the time Ima Chickie Two tried to get going again it was too late.”

Edward and Theresa DeNike’s Separate Thoughts was making a late run once again, but Ima Chickie Two finished strongly completing the sweep.

“She’s been very sound,” Meneely added. “She had surgery to remove a chip in her knee and we also did the stem cell procedure after her last race (in 2011). We tried to get a Walk Thru Fire embryo out of her while she was recovering from the surgery, but she had a hard time taking. We wanted her to try again, but we ran out of time because we wanted to get her ready for the trials to the Governor’s Cup Futurity (in mid July). We’ll try again in the future.”

The future for Ima Chickie Two includes the trials to the Southern California Derby (G1) scheduled for Sunday, December 2.

“We didn’t put her in the Los Alamitos Super Derby, which is unfortunate,” she added. “We had plans to do it, but we missed the deadline by a day.”

Ima Chickie Two’s victory was also a welcomed result for trainer Jose Flores, who is back training following a month suspension.

“I missed not being at the track,” Flores said. “I have the opportunity to come back and I’m so happy because I love the sport and racing is such a huge part of my life. This win is great for me because the Los Alamitos Equine Sale is this weekend and many of my owners are here looking to buy a horse so this could not have come at a better time. Ima Chickie Two had a little stumble, but she overcame it to win this race.”

“We are a small racing operation and we just want our horses to do their best,” Meneely added. “If they’re not fast enough to be a racehorse, that’s okay. We’ll just take them home and look for another venue for them to shine, whether it is as a cow horse, barrel horse or dressage. There are other things for a Quarter Horse to do, but Ima Chickie Two is going to stay in racing, as a runner and a broodmare next.”

Trained by Pat Visscher, Separate Thoughts earned $27,200 for finishing second for the DeNikes. Ovidio Ferreira’s Chicks Boudro earned $19,200 for running third. Feature Jessie Gail, Bar Closer, Once Over, First Specialist, Pony Drive, Carne Vino and Sweetest Illusion complete the field.