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This Boogie Fires Tops La Primera Trials

Filly finds form that made her a Grade 1 contender last year at Los Alamitos.

March 18, 2012

Racing for Mike Abraham and Carlos Lopez, This Boogie Fires turned back the clock to her freshman campaign when she posted a scintillating victory in the Kindergarten Futurity (G1) trials. The daughter of Walk Thru Fire ran a similar race in her trial to the $214,300 La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3) trial, as she broke sharply from the outside post seven to outduel Miss Lily Rose by a half-length in the fastest qualifying time of :19.788 at 400 yards on Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Trained by Jaime Gomez and ridden by two-time Champion of Champions (G1) winning jockey Eduardo Nicasio, This Boogie Fires had not won since the Kindergarten trials back on May 8. To her credit, the Gomez-bred filly had delivered several nice efforts since her last win. She ran third in the Kindergarten final behind champion 2-year-old filly Separate Fire and multiple Grade 1 finalist Kindly Fellow and also finished second to eventual Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) third-place finisher Last To Check Him in the trials to that race. Her last effort, however, was a forgettable one, as she broke poorly and never challenged when running fifth in the Huntington Beach Handicap.

“She threw her head at the start of her last race,” Abraham said. “She threw her head a little bit in this race, but it did not affect her. We’ve always felt that she was a good one and it’s nice when a horse runs like you expect that they will run. We thought she would do well tonight and it’s great to qualify.”

The La Primera is the only derby at Los Alamitos strictly for fillies. Its previous winners include champions Florentine, Ah Sigh, IBA Dasher, Mini Rock and Alice K White. The 2012 La Primera final will be held on Saturday, April 7, and in addition to This Boogie Fires it will also feature Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) finalist Flame N Flash and PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2) finalist Natalie Dash. Flame N Flash and Natalie Dash won the other two trials to the La Primera on Saturday night.

“There are plenty of nice Quarter Horse races out there and it’s nice to see a race only for fillies,” Abraham said. “I like to run fillies so this is a nice race for them. Fillies can have an advantage as 2-year-olds because they tend to mature a little faster than the boys, but by the time that they are older horses the males usually have a nice edge. Right now when they are early in their 3-year-old year there is not a huge difference between the girls and the boys, but it’s still nice to have a series like the El Primero and La Primera. It’s nice to qualify a filly to a good race like the La Primera.”

Robert Williams’ Flame N Flash took on some tough boys in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Derby on February 18, and she came out of it with a solid fourth-place finish behind El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) hopeful Kobe, All American Derby (G1) hopeful Deniro and multiple stakes winner Check My Thoughts. Ridden by Francisco Rubio for trainer Juan Aleman, Flame N Flash defeated Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s Zoomdasher by a half-length while posting the third-fastest time of :19.892. Also sired by Walk Thru Fire, Flame N Flash has now finished third or better in eight of 10 career starts. She won the $35,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational Stakes (R) on December 11.

Jose Flores saddled Tremor Enterprises’ Natalie Dash to an easy daylight victory in the opening La Primera trial of the night. The First Down Dash filly battled with Jeryl Hartley and John Firth’s Chickitita early on before pulling away to score her third career victory in eight starts. Natalie Dash won in a time of :19.958. She was sixth in last year’s $500,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity. Trained by John Cooper, Chickitita will also compete in the La Primera after finishing with the 10th-fastest time of the night. The Tac It Like A Man filly was claimed for $12,500 by her owners after only her second career start.

“I saw that her mother was by Corona Cartel and I love Tac It Like A Man,” said Jeryl’s husband, Ron Hartley. “When I asked John Firth what he thought about her he really liked her and that was good enough for me. We became partners and claimed her.”

Chickitita finished third in the Huntington Beach and Markel Stakes last year. Here’s the complete list of qualifiers to the La Primera Del Ano Derby: This Boogie Fires (:19.788), Miss Lily Rose (:19.859), Flame N Flash (:19.892), Zoomdasher (:19.943), Natalie Dash (:19.958), A First Down Snow (:19.995), Sex On Fire (:20.026), Sweetest Illusion (:20.056), First Prize Habit (:20.091) and Chickitita (:20.107).