Another Oatie Has Opportunity in So Cal Dby

Another Oatie looks for a Grade 1 win.

Q-Racing Journal

LEMA Racing Stables’ Another Oatie comes off an impressive trial win to try and step up and win the $145,850 Southern California Derby (G1) on Sunday night at Los Alamitos.

Another Oatie (Walk Thru Fire-Kingman Kin by Raise A Secret) drew the outside post position in the first of three Southern California Derby trials. The gelding tried to lug out during the 400-yard heat and went on to defeat 17-10 favorite Quirky by one-half length. Another Oatie’s time of :19.835 topped the qualifier’s list.

Another Oatie was winless from four starts as a juvenile, however stepped up early this year. He won his maiden when he took his trial to the Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes (not a stakes race) and then showed his potential when he won the $112,000 Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes by a scant nose.

Ed Allred’s homebredQuirky (Stel Corona-Dont Pass Bar by A Regal Choice) broke through the gate before her Southern California Derby trial and then maintained her composure to finish second in the trial with the third-fastest qualifying time of :19.928.

The fifth-place finisher in last year’s $1,071,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), Quirky returned this year to win the $25,000 California Breeders Debutante Stakes and finish second in the $223,800 La Primera Del Ano Derby (G3).

Hector Hernandez’s Tres Pescado (Tres Seis-Fishing In Chivato by Fishers Dash) ties to prove his 18-1 upset win in the second trial was not a fluke. He stumbled and was bumped at the start, yet surged to the lead to grab the one-half length score. His time of :19.865 was the second-fastest qualifying mark.  He was a longshot because he had not won since taking a maiden race in May 2013.

Tres Pescado was second in his trial to last year’s Los Alamitos Two Million and then finished fifth in the $35,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile.

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