Field Set for Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby

LD Is Back is the fastest qualifier to the November 12 final.

Q-Racing Journal

LD Is Back won the fourth of five Los Alamitos Super Derby trials on Saturday. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

LD Is Back, a sorrel son of Walk Thru Fire racing for Darling Farms and trainer Jaime Gomez, is the fastest qualifier to the November 12, $956,600 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

Ridden by Rodrigo Aceves, LD Is Back on Saturday won the fourth of five 400-yard trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :19.716.
The California-bred gelding has won three of 13 starts and has earned $59,130, of which $34,430 has been banked from five outs this season.

LD Is Back was bred by Gerardo Pasquel, and the gelding was winless in eight starts during his 2-year-old campaign. He has raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, and he was coming off of a fourth-place finish in the October 6 PCQHRA Breeders' Derby (G3).

“We did minor surgery on LD Is Back after his 2-year-old campaign and he’s come back in unbelievable form,” Gomez said. “He’s just such a powerful finisher. He finished so good in this race, but he also finished extremely well in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby. He didn’t win that race, but he had an awesome finish.”

Gomez qualified three Super Derby finalists, including third-fastest qualifier Chazaq and 10th-fastest qualifier Katella Deli.

Second-fastest qualifier Jess Mas won her trial by a neck in :19.744. Juan Ramirez rode the One Sweet Jess filly for owners Burns Ranch and Oscar Andrade and trainer Elena Andrade.

Jess Mas was bred in California by Elena Andrade, and the filly has won four of 16 starts and has earned $89,862. She was making her first start since May 12, when she ran eighth in the La Pacifica Handicap.

Jess Mas was prepped for her Super Derby trial with a series of workouts that included a 350-yard gate drill in :17.90, the fastest of eight works posted at the distance on September 30.

“We gave her a second work (September 30) because I wasn’t super excited about her first work that she gave me (on September 16),” Elena Andrade said. “It was still a good work, but I knew she had a lot more in her.

"The break (between starts) really helped her a lot," the trainer added. "She needed it mentally. She needed a break from the track. She went home with us. My son galloped her the whole time all the way until she came back to the track. They got along perfect. He’s a big part of this.”

The winner of the Los Alamitos Super Derby, the track's richest derby of its season, will earn a berth in the December 16, $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1).

Click here for a complete list of qualifiers.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.