Field Set For Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby

Rite Regal is the fastest qualifier to the 400-yard, $802,750 final.

Q-Racing Journal

Rite Regal, a two-time graded stakes winner this season, won the first of five Los Alamitos Super Derby trials on Saturday. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Urschel 3-D Ranch LLC's Rite Regal on Saturday posted the fastest qualifying time to the Grade 1, $802,750 Los Alamitos Super Derby on November 6.

Ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores in the first of five trials, Rite Regal covered 400 yards in :19.717 while defeating third-fastest qualifier Flash N Bling by a half of a length. The Favorite Cartel gelding was winning for the sixth time in eight starts this season. 

“We work a lot with him in the gate and try to get him to concentrate and handle different situations because they happen,” Flores said. “He did really well.”

Rite Regal was bred by Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. Urschel 3-D Ranch LLC purchased the gelding for $10,700 at the 2014 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale,, and he has won eight of his 12 lifetime starts and has banked $218,575.

The late Dan Urschel, who passed away in September of 2014, and his wife, Jolene Urschel of Canadian, Texas, won nearly every major Quarter Horse race at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico over the last 40 years and campaigned the track’s only Triple Crown winner, the great Special Effort. They also campaigned the 1979 All American Futurity winner Pie In The Sky.

At Los Alamitos, the Urschels were instrumental in putting together Faberge Special Effort Futurity, which was the industry’s first $200,000-added race for two year-olds and the final leg of California Triple Crown at that time. Lifetime members of the AQHA, the Urschels are members of the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Second-fastest qualifier Jess A Pollitician, a homebred Apollitical Jess gelding trained by Flores for owner Janet McKinnerney, won the second trial by a half of a length in :19.767. Mendez rode the gelding, who was winning for the second time in four starts this season.

“We’ve been waiting all year for this horse and I’m glad he was supplemented to this race,” Flores said. “He had a lot of talent as a 2-year-old and he had to to qualify to those two million dollar races (the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity) last year.

"He’s come back good this year and I think we have a good horse for the final," the trainer added. "This was only his second out in about eight months.”

The winner of the Los Alamitos Super Derby will earn the $322,455 winner's share of the purse and a berth to the December 10, $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1). Reigning AQHA world champion Heza Dasha Fire won the Super Derby last year and eventually also won the Champion of Champions.

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