Q-Racing Blog: Fourth of July Fun
Q-Racing Blog: Fourth of July Fun
By Ty Wyant
Get ready for abundant racing over the Fourth of July and ensuing weekends.
There are great trials, like those for the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and Derby at Ruidoso Downs, but let’s take a look ahead at some of the graded stakes. We’ll look at a very tough Vessels Maturity at Los Alamitos and then three of the graded stakes from the closing weekend of the Delta Downs season.
$155,100 Vessels Maturity (G1) (July 7)
Ed Allred’s He Looks Hot still successfully competes at the highest level as a 7-year-old. He showed that in his strong Vessels Maturity trial.
How strong was this trial? He Looks Hot won the 2016 Vessels Maturity and Bill Hoburg’s trial runner-up BH Lisas Boy, also a 7-year-old, won the 2017 Vessels Maturity.
They raced in the third of three trials and came through with the top two-qualifying marks. He Looks Hot was timed in :19.569 for the 400 yards while BH Lisas Boy stopped the timer in :15.599.
The Scott Willoughby-trained He Looks Hot went to the lead at the start and was able to maintain his advantage to the wire for a neck win.
He Looks Hot has earned $1,237,073 and he won the 2014 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) and the 2018 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Championship (G1).
The other trial winners were third-fastest qualifier Tarzanito and fifth-fastest qualifier Jesstacartel.
A1A Racing LLC’s champion Tarzanito won his trial by one-half length with a time of :19.663.
The Yanet Rodriguez-trained horse won the 2018 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) and was second in the 2016 Golden State Million Futurity (G1).
Lesley Joiner’s homebred Jesstacartel sped to a convincing one-length trial win and a time of :19.706.
Jesstacartel, trained by Mark Skeen, won the 2018 Golden State Derby (G1) and the 2018 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) before finishing a close second in the 2018 Champion of Champions (G1).
$308,335 Firecracker Futurity (G2) (July 4)
Jardial Perez’s A Painted Dynasty and Florentino Leon’s Lovethewayyourun finished one-two in the first of eight trials and their times stood up as the top-two qualifying marks.
A Painted Dynasty won by three quarters of a length in :17.394 for the 350 yards. Lovethewayyourun was given a :17.539 mark.
The Josue Ponce-trained A Painted Dynasty came into his trial off a third-place run in the $459,700 Sam Houston Futurity (G2).
$186,925 Firecracker Derby (G3) (July 4)
Lester Colomb Jr.’s Mia Jet In won the first of three trials by a neck over Jose Fabian Hernandez’s third-fastest qualifier Fm Im A Zatanaz Too. Mia Jet In was clocked in :19.746 for the 400 yards.
Trained by Kenneth Weeks, Mia Jet In was second in the $74,115 Old South Derby two starts ago. In 2018, she was second in the $112,000 Old South Futurity through a disqualification and was awarded third via a disqualification in the $311,000 Evangeline Downs Futurity.
$700,000 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) (July 6)
Mardonio Flores Jr.’s-owned, -bred and -trained Apollitical Bug won her maiden in her third start when she dominated the seventh of 16 trials by two-and-one-half lengths. Her time of :17.339 for the 350 yards topped the trials.
Apollitical Bug was fourth in her debut, a Lassie Futurity trial, and then third in her second start.
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