Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge

Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge

Foosea rolls at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Foosea. PHOTO: Amber Mendez

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Dunn Ranch's Foosea scored his first career stakes victory in Sunday's $33,660 Adequan Los Alamitos Derby Challenge Stakes at Los Alamitos Racecours.

Ridden by Armando Cervantes, Foosea covered 400 yards in :19.893, and his winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths from La Famosa Vaquera. Monty Arrossa prepped the homebred son of champion Foose.

Foosea was bred in Oklahoma, and he was coming off of a fourth-place finish in a 400-yard El Primero del Ano Derby (G3) trial on March 3. The gray gelding is out of Tres Sea, a winning daughter of 2001 champion 2-year-old colt Tres Seis and a half sister to 2006 world champion Wave Carver and champion Ocean Runaway.

Foosea was winning for the third time in nine outs, and the $17,504 winner's share of the purse increased his lifetime bankroll to $48,549, of which $42,054 has been pocketed from four races this year. The gelding also earned a starting berth in this year's Grade 3 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship at Albuquerque Downs.

"Foosea just keeps getting better and better," said Arrossa. "He ran great in the (February 25 Los Alamitos) Maiden Stakes, and then we brought him back in three weeks ago and he had a super 220-yard work.

"He trained really well up to this race," the trainer added. "Although it was a short field, it was a very competitive field. He ran a flawless race tonight. We'll probably just try to keep the horse fresh. We'll run him in a few handicap races, but the ultimate goal will be to run him in Albuquerque in the Challenge final."

Xpensive, the 7-10 favorite in the field of five sophomores, finished third and was followed by MV Royal Pappasito and Mov On Over.

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