Denim N Diamonds Handicap

Denim N Diamonds Handicap

Kiss Thru Fire wins the Saturday Grade 3 feature at Los Alamitos.

Kiss Thru Fire 2021 Denim N Diamonds Handicap. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

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Gentry Farms' Kiss Thru Fire was a prompt 1-2 favorite in Saturday's 350-yard, $35,000 Denim N Diamonds Handicap (G3) for fillies and mares at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Raul Valenzuela, Kiss Thru Fire defeated Wambui by a half of a length in :17.669. Juan Aleman prepped the 4-year-old homebred daughter of Walk Thru Fire.

Kiss Thru Fire was bred in Kentucky, and she was shortening in distance off of her half-length score in the 400-yard, $100,000 Charger Bar Handicap (G1) on January 3. The mare ended her sophomore campaign with a second-place finish in the Grade 2, 400-yard Southern California Derby on December 20.

“This mare has figured it out of the gate,” Aleman said. “Her issue was that she wouldn’t get out of the gate and then get in trouble. It would hinder her from finishing better than she has. Now she’s got it. She has been breaking good every time in her last three starts. She’s shown what she can do when she gets out of the gate.”

Kiss Thru Fire has won seven of 19 starts and has banked $457,503 while racing in California and New Mexico. Her 3-year-old season included a second-place finish in the September 6 All American Oaks at Ruidoso Downs.

Aleman said that Kiss Thru Fire would be heading to Remington Park for that track's spring meet.

“Mr. Gentry decided to leave her here for this race and then to shoot for a big race in Oklahoma and then bring her back here to close out the meet in the big mare races,” Aleman said. “She’s going to keep running. If everything goes okay and things go as planned, she’ll be back here for the Mildred Vessels (in September). That’s what we’re shooting for.”

Victorioso Dinastia, All Prettied Up, Look Of Love MV, Fayvorite Chick, Tequila Sangria, Gray Invader and Royaltys Molly completed the order of finish.

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