Start Somethin Bad Makes Good in La Primera del Ano Derby

The homebred filly gets her first stakes win on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Start Somethin Bad outran her 10-1 odds to win Saturday's La Primera del Ano Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Start Somethin Bad, a homebred daughter of Pappasito racing for Jeff Aldstadt and Kim Pitcher, earned her first stakes victory in Saturday's $220,400 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) ffor 3-year-old fillies at Los Alamitos.

Ridden by Ramon Sanchez for trainer Paul Jones, Start Somethin Bad defeated Tough To Figure by a nose in :19.823 for 400 yards. The filly's win was her third in 11 outs, and the $92,568 winner's share of the purse pushed her earnings to $125,193.

The connections of Start Somethin Bad
celebrate the filly's victory in Saturday's
La Primera del Ano Derby. PHOTO: Los
Alamitos Racecourse

“It’s an incredible moment,” said Aldstadt, who met Jones about 20 years ago at a local restaurant in Orange County. "I am ecstatic right now. I’ve been in the game for years, probably three decades plus, and I’ve had a lot of good times. This is just so much fun, and to share it with all my friends and family is what makes it special.

"I wasn’t watching the race on TV; I was down by the finish line with about 80 people," he added. "I thought we got there, but we had to wait it out and the result went our way. Next time we'll get 200 people here. That's how much fun we have when this filly runs."

Jones, who was winning the La Primera for the stakes-record fifth time, was emotional with the victory as well. 

“This win is really special,” he said. “Jeff Aldstadt has been an owner of mine for many years. He had horses with me back 20 years ago, and we’ve had a lot of fun together throughout the years. With partners Jeff and Kim Pitcher, Jeff runs my ranch for me and takes care of all my horses out in Temecula. He’s been a great part of this team.

"He raised this filly himself out there at the ranch," Jones added. "It’s really nice to get a win for him and it’s well deserved. The Pitchers have been a part of my team for a lot of years. They raised (champion and millionaire) Foose and a lot of horses for me at the farm. It’s really nice that they got one of their own to step up and win a big race. It’s a big thrill for them.”

The eighth-fastest qualifier, Start Somethin Bad was coming off of a second-place finish in the first of four La Primera trials on March 11. Last year, the filly ran second in the 400-yard, $30,000 Los Alamitos Two-Million Juvenile Invitational Stakes, and she ran seventh, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Racy High Roller, in the $430,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) in October.

“The morning after the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity, she had a 104-degree temperature, so we felt that maybe she was a little sick going into the race,” Alstadt said. “It is what it is, but we’re happy to have had her 100 percent tonight.”

Staggering Stride finished third and was followed by Hootin For Hotlips, Red And Ready, Jess Mas, Jess Pretending, Sweet Aguila, Smell Perfume, and Janes Cartel.

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