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Q-Racing JournalAugust 21, 2014
Trainer Paul Jones is set for a pair of Challenge races this weekend at Los Alamitos with the stakes-proven Inpursuit in the $35,100 Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge and fastest qualifier Flying Foose in the $35,190 John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge.
The Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge is set at 400 yards on Friday night, followed by the 350-yard John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge on Saturday night.
Inpursuit (Stel Corona-Lookin And Dashin by First Down Dash) could give owner Mimi Wells and Jones their second Challenge win within a week. Last weekend, they sent out New Look to take the Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3).
Wells’ Inpursuit fits well in the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge. Two starts ago, he won a conditioned starter-allowance race by a length and returned to finish a close third against Cal-breds in the $25,000 Jens List California Breeders Derby (R).
Inpursuit returned from nearly a six-month layoff this spring to qualify for the $202,500 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G3).
Jones will also be represented by Jeffrey and Kim Pitcher’s Shaded Secrets (No Secrets Here-Stylish Jess BR by Feature Mr Jess) and Alberto Valdes’ First Tempting Dash (First Down Dash-A Tempting Chick by Chicks Beduino).
Shaded Secrets is taking a big jump up from the $10,000 claiming ranks while the well-bred First Tempting Dash will be trying to run to his bloodlines, as the full brother to champion Tempting Dash ($673,970) and Grade 1 winner A Tempting Dash ($541,959).
Shaded Secrets has a maiden win from 10 starts, however she qualified for the 2013 $281,100 Kindergarten (G2).
First Tempting Dash has a maiden win and a pair of seconds from three starts. He is out of broodmare of the year A Tempting Chick, the dam of champion and leading sire Tempting Dash.
Jim Nebeker’s Flying Foose (Foose-Flying Regal by A Regal Choice) nosed out second-fastest qualifier Panama Wes (Walk Thru Fire-Apollitical Time by Apollo (TB)) in their John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile trial.
Flying Foose has found his form in his latest three outs. After winning his maiden on July 5, the gelding returned to finish third, beaten by a half length, in the $25,000 California Breeders’ Freshman Stakes for Cal-breds.
The gelding then stepped up to beat Panama Wes by a nose in their John Deere Los Alamitos Juvenile Challenge trial. Flying Foose covered the 350 yards in :17.538, while Panama Wes was timed in :17.541.
Panama Wes has only made three starts, all since June 7. He won his maiden at first asking and then took a non-winners-of-two before being narrowly defeated by Flying Foose. The colt is out of champion Apollitical Time, the dam of world champion Apollitical Jess.
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