Three Juveniles Record Bullet Works at Los Alamitos
Evil Genius, Devout, and Flying Right post swift drills on Saturday
March 19, 2016
The busiest morning of workouts so far this year at Los Alamitos took place on Saturday, with 68 juveniles recording official drills while moving a step closer towards their career debuts.
Leading the way was AQHA champion trainer Paul Jones, as his barn enjoyed a fine day. Jones had 16 2-year-olds post works and the results were outstanding. Of the 15 fastest times posted in the morning, seven belonged to a horse from Jones’ stable, including Evil Genius’ bullet work.
Owned by Jones and Dan and Erin Knox, Evil Genius finished as one of only three horses with a :12.1 drill on Saturday. The colt by red-hot stallion Favorite Cartel is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare You Call It Madness. Evil Genius’ second dam is First Down Toll, a finalist in the 2005 Governor’s Cup Derby and the mother of 2010 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity winner One Quick First Down.
“I’m really excited about Evil Genius,” Jones said. “He’s a colt that will really thrive on the distance. Two-hundred and twenty is not his distance. He’s a big long, lanky colt that really wants to go down the track. For a big colt like him to go :12.10 – it is his second work - I’m really proud of him. He looks like a horse with a promising future. He really shined today.”
Evil Genius, which was posting his second work after going :12.50 in his first drill back on March 5, worked from the outside post while Abigail Kawananakoa’s Walk Thru Septacular, which posted a :12.3 clocking, worked from the inside position.
“He broke in a little bit,” Jones said of Walk Thru Septacular. “If he would have went a little straighter he could have been quite a bit faster.”
Walk Thru Septacular also went :12.5 in his first work back on March 5.
Ed Allred’s promising pair of Devout and Flying Right worked in tandem and stopped the clock in equal :12.10 clockings for trainer James Glenn,Jr. Evil Genius, Devout and Flying Right were the only horses this morning to post :12.10 clockings.
“They both performed well and I’m really happy with my babies right now,” Glenn said. “Devout has shown quickness, but he’s also shown a strong finishing kick. I think he’s going to like running down the track. He’s a big, strong horse.
“Flying Right is fast, but jockey Eulices Gomez said she still had a lot left in the tank at the end of her work today,” he added. “It was exciting to hear, but it is works and not a race. It’ll be exciting to see how they perform.”
Jones, meanwhile, had several other eye-catching babies like Redneck Ryan, Better Google Me, Whata Corona and That Rico.
“Redneck Ryan didn’t get a really clean break, but he still went :12.3,” Jones said. “He’s a full brother to Inseperable, who is a horse I had a lot of success with. I won the All American Derby with him.”
Sired by Separatist and out of A Delightful Legacy, Redneck Ryan was bred in Texas by Eaves Horses Family Limited Partnership.
“Better Google Me is a gray filly and she’s just a fast little filly,” said Jones of the daughter of One Famous Eagle. “She’s worked twice and both time she’s gone :12.2. We haven’t really asked her to run. She has a lot of gas, a lot of speed. This filly is all run and all talent.”
Owned by Veronica Gail Worth, Better Google Me worked from the inside post against Abigail Kawananakoa’s Still Friends, who also posted a nice clocking of :12.3 from the outside post. Still Friends is a full sister to three-time derby winner Forget It and also to stakes winner She Forgives.
Whata Corona and That Rico worked together for Jones and they both posted equal times of :12.2.
“They worked :12.2 heads up,” Jones said. ”They worked :12.5 in their first time and then came back 12.2. It was a big improvement for both.”
Whata Corona is a Colorado-bred colt by Corona Cartel and out of PCQHRA Breeders Futurity and La Primera Del Ano Derby finalists Natalie Dash. That Rico is a California-bred colt by Carters Cartel and out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Jess Like That.
“It’s fun to come out and have a good morning with these 2-year-olds and watch them work,” Jones said. “It’s like Christmas present. Even though you’re training them and seeing them all of the time, you really don’t know what they’re going to do until you send them down the track and put a watch on them.”
One of the most impressive drills of the morning belonged to Lucky Seven Ranch’s Ima Amore La Blue, as she stopped the clock in the morning’s only other :12.2 clocking while posting her first ever work. Trained by Mike Casselman, Ima Amore La Blue is Walk Thru Fire filly and out of the Grade 1 stakes place mare Amore La Blue. Out of 2007 World Champion Blues Girl Too, Amore La Blue ran third in the 2012 Golden State Million Futurity and also qualified to the Golden State Derby. She earned $159,339 during her racing career. Ima Amore La Blue displayed Grade 1 talent in her drill and will be one to watch in the months to come.
Quarter Horse racing fans are invited to enjoy the works at Schwanie’s Grill At the Gap on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday mornings. Videos of morning works are always available at www.losalamitos.com.
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