Los Alamitos Super Derby

Los Alamitos Super Derby

Fastest qualifier Tell Cartel takes Sunday feature at Los Alamitos Racecourse

Tell Cartel 2020 Los Alamitos Super Derby

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Tell Cartel, a homebred son of Favorite Cartel campaigned by Martha "Mimi" Wells, earned his second Grade 1 victory in Sunday's 400-yard Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Matt Fales and sent to post as the 5-2 second choice, Tell Cartel defeated 18-1 longshot Mental Error by a half of a length in :19.324. The California-bred chestnut colt earned a 105 speed index, a provisional berth in this year's Champion of Champions (G1), and the $428,547 winner's share of a stakes-record $1,020,350 purse.

Tell Cartel has won five of nine starts this season, including the February 8 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) and March 29 El Primero del Ano Derby (G3).

“This is unbelievable,” Wells said. “I’m so proud of him. He needed some time off after the El Primero. It took him a few races to find himself again.

"I’m excited about the stud prospect because he is so nice," she added. "He has such a nice mind. I’ll send him to Fales Farm in Arizona. The Fales have done so much for me. They love him like I love him. That’s where he’ll go, but I guess right now he’ll go to the Champion of Champions. We’ll see how he pulls up.”

Nicasio was riding Tell Cartel for the first time. The colt was qualified by jockey Ruben Lozano, who opted to ride John Carter Cash in the Super Derby final.

“I didn’t have a qualifier in the race, so I was waiting for Matt to call me with Ruben Lozano’s decision,” Nicasio said. “Matt called me and said, ‘You’re on the horse’. I was thrilled. He didn’t break great in this race, but he finished perfectly.

"He’s a top horse. He’s won a lot of big races," the rider added. "I took him out on the track a couple of times, and he felt great. I told Matt that if the horse ran like he felt that we would win the race. Mental Error had us early on. That horse ran a great race, but my horse was coming strong with each stride and I knew that we were going to catch the leader.”

Raced exclusively in California, Tell Cartel has won eight of 18 starts and has banked $700,386, of which $621,751 has been earned this season.

Oatman Creek Senator finished third and was followed by Cattail Cove, Really First Down, Mr Ricks, Kiss Thru Fire, One Sweet Change, John Carter Cash and Pay Me In Front.

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