Ditto Head Tops Los Alamitos Winter Derby Qualifiers

The Foose gelding leads the way into the February 10, $215,450 final.

Q-Racing Journal

Ditto Head (white cap) is the fastest qualifier to the February 10 Los Alamitos Winter Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Fortuna Properties Inc.'s Ditto Head, a gelded son of Foose trained by Mike Casselman, is the fastest qualiffier to the February 10, $215,450 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1).

Ridden by Cesar Gomez, Ditto Head on Saturday won the first of five 400-yard trials by a neck from second-fastest qualifier Ray Donovan in :19.770. The gelding has won three of six starts and has earned $66,803, and he was a finalist in last year's Los Alamitos Two-Million (G1) and Governor's Cup (RG2) futurities.

Ditto Head was bred in California by Alessio/Brown/Davies LLC, and he was raised at Fred Scane's ranch in Temecula, California. The gelding is the second foal produced by Lavish La Jolla, a winning daughter of Streakin La Jolla, and he is a half brother to the graded stakes placed Separatist filly Lavish Susan.

Ray Donovan is a homebred Favorite Cartel colt trained by Paul Jones for owner Steve Burns. Ray Donovan has won one of six starts and has earned $7,205, and he will be making his stakes debut in the Winter Derby.

Third-fastest qualifier Fenian Faith ran third, a half of a length behind Ditto Head, in the first heat. Juan Aleman prepped the homebred Apollitical Jess filly for owners J. Garvan Kelly and Nancy Yearsley. Aleman qualified three finalists, including seventh-fastest qualifier Fire And Sass and ninth-fastest qualifier Twenty One Gunz.

Twenty One Gunz, a First Moonflash gelding owned by Link Newcomb, won the fourth heat by three-quarters of a length under jockey G. Jairo Rangel.

“He behaved great in the starting gate and left out there straight," Rangel said. "He finished extremely well. He made it look easy at the end. He didn’t make any mistakes."

Click here for a complete list of Los Alamitos Winter Derby qualifiers.

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