Imaqtpie Upsets Winter Derby

The One Famous Eagle filly scores her first stakes win on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

Dutch Masters III's Imaqtpie, the third-fastest qualifier, outran her 11-1 odds to win Saturday's Los Alamitos Winter Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Sent to post at odds of nearly 12-1, Dutch Masters III's Imaqtpie scored a three-quarter length victory in Saturday's $224,900 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1).

Imaqtpie covered 400 yards in :19.670 on a sealed track labeled "wet fast." Rodrigo Aceves rode the sorrel daughter of One Famous Eagle for trainer Jaime Gomez, who was not at all surprised by the performance of the filly he bred.

“She was the 11th fastest qualifier to the Golden State Million Futurity and the 11th fastest qualifier to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity,” Gomez said. “She was just milliseconds away from qualifying to the two richest races at Los Alamitos last year. We just had some bad luck, but we knew she was capable of doing great things. We just couldn’t have any mistakes and she didn’t make any tonight.”

The connections of Imaqtpie, including trainer
Jaime Gomez (second from left) and owner
James Streelman (holding trophy) celebrate
the filly's victory in Saturday's$224,900 Los
Alamitos Winter Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos

The third-fastest qualifier, Imaqtpie made her 3-year-old debut with a second-place finish in one of six Los Alamitos Winter Derby trials on January 21. For James Streelman of Dutch Masters III, the filly's win represented his first ever victory in the Winter Derby.

“She blew them away,” Streelman said. “She was only 3/100ths of a second off the fastest qualifier in the trials. She likes the inside. When we came to the Vessels Club (at Los Alamitos) tonight, my wife saw the beautiful (Winter Derby) trophy and said ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to take that trophy home?’ I told her, ‘yes, but don’t count on it.’

"I was talking to Jaime after the draw about the number one post, but he told me not to worry about it," he added. "He liked that spot for our filly."

“Her only win came from the rail and I really like that spot when it rains,” Gomez said.

A $53,000 buy at the 2015 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale in New Mexico, Imaqtpie has won two of eight starts, and the $94,458 winner's share of the Winter Derby purse pushed her bankroll to $105,358.

Imaqtpie's dam, Sizzling, is a winning and graded stakes placed daughter of Corona Cartel and the winning and graded stakes placed Dash For Cash mare Tiny Dash Of Cash.

“I paid too much for her, but she finally came through for us tonight,” said Streelman with a laugh. “If you ever go out to Jaime’s ranch and see the horses that he raises, you just don’t see better looking babies than those. I end up buying half of them.

"Jaime does a great job; he does a great job at the ranch and does a great job at the racetrack," he added. "We’ve been together for almost 30. I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I’m not stupid either. If my trainer wasn’t any good, we wouldn’t be here.”

“It’s like seeing one of your kids graduate from school,” Gomez said of Imaqtpie. “I really like this filly. She’s gotten bigger and bigger and her mother, Sizzling, is one of the best mamas that I have. She’s one of the top black type mares that I have in the breeding shed.

"I have a full 2-year-old sister to Imaqtpie here at the track and two Walk Thru Fire yearlings and two more coming," the trainer added. "We raise a nice bunch of babies every year at my little 13-acre ranch in Murrietta. We feed them pretty well and take good care of them.”

Gomez added that Imaqtpie would be pointed to the 400-yard La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) trials on March 11.

Jess Hawk, Kiddy Up Cowgirl, Staggering Stride, Blueeyedeagle, Katella Deli, Bannister, Jouet With Fire and One Proud Eagle completed the order of finish.

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