Los Alamitos Winter Derby

Los Alamitos Winter Derby

Fastest qualifier BP Cartel Policy wins Saturday's Grade 1 feature at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

BP Cartel Policy. PHOTO: William Zuazo

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Bill Price's BP Cartel Policy, a homebred son of the Favorite Trick (TB) stallion Favorite Cartel, broke sharply from his rail post and sprinted to a three-quarter length win in Saturday's Grade 1, $170,716 Los Alamitos Winter Derby at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Prepped by Monty Arrossa and sent to post as the 17-10 favorite in a field of nine, BP Cartel Policy covered 400 yards in :19.688. Armando Cervantes rode the bay gelding.

BP Cartel Policy was the fastest qualifier from three Winter Derby trials on January 27. The Oklahoma-bred gelding is out of CC Policy, a homebred Corona Cartel mare who won the '07 Oklahoma Futurity (G3) at Remington Park in her second career out. His second dam, the winning Reb's Policy (TB) mare Southern Policy, ran third in the 1987 Oil Capital Derby at Mt. Pleasant Meadows.

“In his trials, BP Cartel Policy lugged in a little bit and drawing the rail (tonight) didn’t bother me at all," said Arrossa.. "I thought that would help him."

Raced in two states, including Oklahoma, BP Cartel Policy has won three of nine races, and the $73,164 winner's share of the purse from his first stakes victory boosted his bankroll to $169,016.

Ready For It finished second and was followed by Just Watch Her, Kickin Famous, Optical Illusion, Boardwalk, Angel Soul, Roar Like A Lion, and Rockin With Energy.

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