Q-Racing Blog: Dangerous Jones Foursome

Q-Racing Blog: Dangerous Jones Foursome

Trainer Paul Jones has a team set to shine in upcoming El Primero final.

BF Outfoosed wins a 2021 El Primero Del Ano Derby trial

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By Ty Wyant

Trainer Paul Jones’ contingent in the $225,200 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G3) is akin to a basketball team with four contributing players ready to step up.

The sport’s champion trainer from 2002-2015, Jones will send out four of the top five El Primero Derby qualifiers. His horses won two of three trials and finished second in the other trial.

The Jones team is BF Outfoosed, Fly The Coup, Untuckit and Garda Da Cash.

Les Sweeting and Kim Sweeting’s BF Outfoosed is the second-fastest qualifier and nearly topped the qualifying list. He covered the 400 yards in :19.810, while fastest-qualifier Constituent crossed the finish line at :19.806.

BF Outfoosed impressed while taking his first 2021 start in his trial. He started well and then raced with the leaders before showing his class while easily pulling away to a three-quarter-length win.

“He’s been a real solid horse, a hard knocker,” Jones said. “We gave him a little break after his Two Million trial and sent him to the ranch.

“He’s back, fresh and happy.”

The gelding by Foose qualified for the $1,115,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), the $320,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG1) and the $375,000 PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2) last year.

Fly The Coup finished second to BF Outfoosed and reached the finals with the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.934. He started well in his trial and finished strong, yet not able to threaten BF Outfoosed. The colt is owned by Jimmy Dean Harrel, Marilyn Harrel, Lana Merrick, Bradbury Racing and the late Vaughn Cook.

A colt by Favorite Cartel, Fly The Coup raced in the trials to six futurities last year – five of them Grade 1s – with wins in his trials to the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G2) and Rainbow Futurity (G1). He qualified for the Kindergarten and was scratched due to a hot nail.

“He’s had bad luck in the gate,” Jones said. “He ran a nice race in his trial and was good enough to get in.”

Haras Portofino’s Untuckit is back in prime form with a 1 1/4-length trial win and the fourth-fastest qualifying time of :19.954. He started well from the outside post position and drew away for a professional victory.

Untuckit was the fastest qualifier to the Governor’s Cup Futurity and then finished sixth in the finals.

The Favorite Cartel gelding then had an issue and was given a vacation from the July 25 Governor’s Cup Futurity until a February 21 non-winners-of-two allowance race at Los Alamitos.

“He got up for second in that non-winners-of two and that was a big race for him,” Jones said.

Bradbury Racing’s Garda Da Cash finished second to Constituent in their trial with the fifth-fastest qualifying time of :20.038.

In his start before his trial, the gelding by Good Reason SA won a non-winners-of-two allowance race when he raced down the rail and proved to be the best horse in the last half of the race. 

“He’s always had a little bit of talent,” Jones said. “I was high on him early in his training, but he had trouble in the gate. I put a flipping halter on him and he has settled down now.

“I expect him to improve. He’s now getting with the program.”

Jones is accustomed to have multiple entries in important races.

“We had a good night. They all ran well, so we’re happy.”

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