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Jones Duo Dangerous in Merial Los Alamitos

August 16, 2013

Trainer Paul Jones sends out a potent pair – the sharp Check In Fetch and the come-backing Thisfeatureisspecial – to head a full field of fillies and mares in the $27,990 Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge on Saturday night at the Southern California track.
    
Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez’s Check N Fetch (Check Him Out-Shyann La Jolla by Streakin La Jolla) is the hot mare with three-straight stakes wins at Los Alamitos. She started her winning streak in May 12, with a 9-1 upset win by 1½  lengths in the $25,000 Miss Princess Handicap and then gained respect in her following two starts. After winning the $25,000 Independence Day Handicap at 8-5 odds by one-half length, she battled to a neck win in in the $50,000 California Breeders Matron Stakes on July 27.
    
Mauro Eli Zaborowsky’s Thisfeatureisspecial (Feature Mr Jess-This Girl Is Special by Special Effort) returns from a more than seven-month layoff for her fall campaign. She finished just a head behind Tres Of Linda for second in the $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap in her start before her layoff.
    
Thisfeatureisspecial was second in last year’s Merial Los Alamitos Distaff Challenge and followed with a second-place run in the $150,000 Mildred Vessels Handicap and a fourth-place run against the top Grade 1 males in the Robert L Boniface Los Alamitos Championship.