Dimes And Nicks Faces El Primo Test
Males face off in El Primo Del Ano Derby.
April 3, 2014
World Champion Racing Stables LLC and trainer Danny Montes will be well stocked for the $202,100 El Primero Del Ano Derby (G2) for males when they send out fastest-qualifier Dimes And Nicks and third-fastest qualifier Dont Walk Peacefully at Los Alamitos.
Dimes And Nicks (Azoom-Corona Cash by First Down Dash) faces the sternest test of his eight-race career when he tries for his third victory. The gelding made his first start for Montes in his El Primero trial and responded with a three-quarter-length win in :19.608 for the 400 yards, the top mark from three trials.
A son of 1997 All American Futurity (G1) winner Corona Cash, Dimes And Nicks won a Los Alamitos maiden race in his fourth start back in August and raced in the $35,000 Los Alamitos Juvenile (R) on December 15, his start before his El Primero trial score.
Dont Walk Peacefully (Walk Thru Fire-Be Peacefull by Raise A Secret), a half brother to world champion Be A Bono, won his maiden in his second start when he won his El Primero trial by one-half length in :19.709. He was making his return to racing after finishing fourth in a maiden race on August 31.
Ronald Hartley’s Moonist (Separatist-Your First Moon by First Down Dash) could gain favoritism with his consistent stakes record. He won the Los Alamitos Juvenile and the Golden State Juvenile, finished second in the $375,000 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) and fourth in the $196,600 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) two starts ago. He came back from the Winter Derby to take his El Primero trial by one-half length after being bumped at the start. The John Cooper-trained gelding recorded the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.656.
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