Timely Delivery Comes Through in Adequan California Derby Challenge Trials

The homebred Volcom gelding sets the fastest qualifying time for the August 20 final at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Mark and Peggy Brown's Timely Delivery (number 6) got up to win the second of two Adequan California Derby Challenge trials at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Making his return to California, Timely Delivery won the second of two Adequan California Derby Challenge trials at Los Alamitos on Sunday and is the fastest qualifier to the August 20, $30,000-added final.

Racing for Mark and Peggy Brown and sent to post at odds of 30-1, Timely Delivery defeated second-fastest qualifier Jess Good Reason by a neck in :19.669. Jesus Rios Ayala rode the homebred Volcom gelding for trainer Rafael Orozco of the Blane Schvaneveldt Racing Stables.

Timely Delivery was coming off of a fourth-place finish in a June 11 Bitterroot Derby trial at Sandy Downs in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The gelding has won three of 11 starts and has banked $31,073, and his California resume includes a third-place finish in last year's Wild West Futurity.

"When he gets out of the gate, he can run with these horses,' said Brenda Schvaneveldt Figueroa of Timely Delivery. "I felt he was coming in at the top of his game. Mark and Peggy had him in Idaho, and they sent him down here in top shape.

"I felt we had a really good chance even though his odds were super long," she added. "We knew that if he could get ouf ot the gates, he could run."

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