Ima Chickie Two After Double

Last year's PCQHRA Breeders Futurity winner looks to add the Derby.

October 3, 2012

S-Quarter K LLC’s Ima Chickie Two, winner of last year’s PCQHRA Breeders Futurity (G2), shoots for the futurity-derby double when she brings the second-fastest qualifying time into the $170,000 PCQHRA Breeders Derby (G3) on Friday night at Los Alamitos.

The second of three trials to the Breeders Derby was the key trial with the top three qualifiers coming out of that 400-yard heat. Fastest qualifier Separate Thoughts finished a head in front of Ima Chickie Two, while Feature Jessie Gail grabbed the third-fastest qualifying time finishing a length behind the top two qualifiers.

Ima Chickie Two (Chicks Beduino-First Down Dream by First Down Dash) won last year’s Breeders Futurity by a half length and turned heads with an excellent :17.193 time for the 350 yards. She has maintained her stakes class this year with a second behind the highly regarded Terrific Synergy in the Governor’s Cup Derby (RG2).

Trained by Guillermo Morales, Ima Chickie Two raced to a :19.847 time for the second-fastest qualifying mark.

Theresa and Edward DeNike’s homebred Separate Thoughts (Separatist-A Lil’ Alimony (TB) by Mr. Procrastinator) edged Ima Chickie Two in their trial and on the qualifiers’ list with her :19.834 time. The filly has been improving for trainer Patricia Visscher with a head win in the La Pacifica Handicap in her start before the Breeders Derby trials.

Separate Thoughts will be up against her first graded stakes company in the Breeders Derby after winning four of eight career starts.

Alejandro Ibarra’s Feature Jessie Gail (Feature Mr Jess-Streakin Jessie Gail by Streakin Six) makes her stakes debut after finishing third in the trial with the third-fastest time of :19.978. Also trained by Morales, she won her maiden in her first 2012 start and now has three wins from five outs this year.

Supporting the Breeders Derby are the $40,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap over 400 yards and the $17,000 Kip Didericksen Overnight Handicap at 350 yards. Each race is for horses who have raced in the Northwest this year.

David Newbold’s Lil Bitts A Dash (Dashair-A Lil Bitts by Society Road) comes into the Schvaneveldt after winning the $16,000 He Flys Overnight Handicap in his only start at Los Alamitos this year. The Lin Melton-trained gelding sprinted to a large early lead and cruised to a length win in :17.484 for 350 yards.

Bob and Scott Giltner’s A Royal Dervish (Royal Miracle Dip-Three Royal Roses by First Down Dash) was third in last year’s Schvaneveldt and won the $67,320 Bank of America Emerald Championship Challenge by a half length in his most recent start.

A 7-year-old gelding trained by Kurt Calton, A Royal Dervish has won 12 of 34 starts while finishing on the board 25 times.

The Giltners and Calton are also well represented in the Didericksen with Vodka Soda No Fruit (Shazoom-Cash Curve by Royal Quick Dash). The 6-year-old gelding made his Los Alamitos debut in the He Flys and finished second after a troubled start.

Dennie and Kris Hill’s Whata Corona Runner (Corona Cartel-AB What A Runner by Royal Quick Dash) should be dangerous after racing to a third-place finish in the Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge in his latest start. The well-bred colt trained by Bret Vickery was second in last year’s Golden State Juvenile (R).