Q-Racing JournalApril 24, 2014
Daisy Ruiz’s Dos Tocallos tries to back up an eye-catching career debut in the $10,000-added AQRA Presidents’ Open Spring Futurity and Orlando Guerrero’s fastest-qualifier Jo Jo Hot Legs chases his first stakes win in the $10,000-added AQRA Presidents’ Open Spring Derby on Monday afternoon at Turf Paradise.
Dos Tocallos (Jess A Chicks-Fancy Fancy Fancy (TB) by In Excessive Bull) overpowered his rivals in the second of three trials by 2 1/2 lengths to set himself up as the probably futurity favorite. The Brad Trego-trained colt’s time of :15.992 for 300 yards was the only mark below :16.000.
Norma Reyes’ Smoke On The Water (Spit Curl Jess-Smokin (TB) by Smoke Glacken) also made his debut in the trials and responded with a three-quarter-length win with the second-fastest time of :16.043 for trainer Benito Guillen Vega.
Derby top-qualifier Jo Jo Hot Legs (Executive Menace-Casino Mill by Boone’s Mill (TB)) could be ready for his first stakes win after winning his trial with the past class of running a close second in the $72,000 AQRA Turf Paradise Futurity back in December. The Ubaldo Guerrero-trained gelding took the first of four trials by one-half length while stopping the timer in :17.492 for 350 yards.
Jo Jo Hot Legs won his maiden in his trial and has been on the board in six of eight career starts.
Jorge Preciado’s Eye Got It Going On (Inseperable-Eye Am Direct by Mr Eye Opener) appears ready for the class jump into the derby finals after winning three of four career starts, capped by his trial win by 1 3/4 lengths with the second-fastest time of :17.525. The gelding from the Armando Castellanos barn suffered his only setback when he was second to Heat Warning (A Regal Choice-It’s A Dry Heat (TB) by Dixieland Heat).
Ralph and Carolyn Fales’ homebred Heat Warning comes into the derby with six wins from 10 starts for trainer Matt Fales. The colt won five of his first six starts, highlighted by a nose win in the $64,000 Desert Classic Futurity a year ago.
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