Old Girl in Gov Cup Trials
Kindergarten Futurity winner returns to the races.
July 11, 2014
Trainer Jose Flores has dominated the futurity division at Los Alamitos so far this season, first by taking the Kindergarten Futurity (G2) with his uncle Arturo Flores’ Old Girl and then by saddling the winner of the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) with the very impressive Heza Dasha Fire, owned by S-Quarter K Racing.
Flores will begin his quest to make it 3-for-3 with 10 standouts that will participate in the trials to the Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) on Saturday night. The action will feature a total of nine races, with the last seven being 350-yard trials. The horses with the 10 fastest times will move on to the Governor’s Cup Futurity final to be held on Saturday, July 26.
The third race on the card will serve as the first trial event and will be headed by the Flores-trained Old Girl. The Stel Corona filly is unbeaten in three career starts, including a tremendous 1 1/4 length win in the Kindergarten final on May 18. Old Girls won her racing debut by a half-length and her Kindergarten trial by the same margin on May 4. Flores is excited to see the Ed Allred-bred filly back in action in the Governor’s Cup trials.
“She came out of the Kindergarten in great shape,” Flores said. “We gave her one easy workout and she probably needs a race, but trials should suit her perfectly.”
Old Girl is the richest runner in the field with $115,534.
Flores is not just banking on Old Girls on Saturday. The trainer will also saddle solid maiden winners Persuader, Two For Real, He Walks Thru Fire, Mystery Man, Roaster, Fiery Kimbo and three other top runners.
Racing for Freakier LLC, Fiery Kimbo was very good in his debut when he scored a half-length victory. He then ran third to Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) finalist Oneapolliticalflight in the Ed Burke Million trials. Cruz Mendez will ride Fiery Kimbo in the evening’s eighth race. In that same trial, Flores will saddle Kindergarten finalist Mystery Man for Allred. The TR Dasher gelding was second in an allowance event to Kindergarten fastest qualifier Zoomilicious on June 15. Steve Mickaelian’s Persuader will make his barn debut in the Governor’s Cup trials. The Foose gelding, which showed his potential with a 1 1/4 length maiden win, will have leading Quarter Horse pilot Mendez aboard.
Kolleen Ledgerwood’s Hot Shot looked great when winning his Ed Burke Million trial, but then had a troubled trip when eighth in the Ed Burke finale. Roberto Dominguez will saddle the Walk Thru Fire gelding, which will be in action in the evening’s fifth race.
David Brownell’s Off Beat ran fifth in the Kindergarten final and has done extremely well in his two trial events. He was among the top qualifiers to the Kindergarten after winning his trial race and in the Ed Burke trial he was third to the 11th fastest qualifier Vivid. Paul Jones will saddle Off Beat against Old Girl in the third race on the card. Jones has 10 other runners competing in the futurity trials with Helen Beamer’s Tavarua being the standout of the group. Also sired by Stel Corona, the Lucas Racing Inc-bred filly won her maiden race by a half length and was a nose winner in a non-winners of two allowance event on June 1. Her winning time in that event was a terrific :15.44 clocking. She’ll be racing in the ninth and final race on Friday and will face the likes of Ronald Skeen and Fawna Knight’s Old Six Six, who was half-length winner when breaking his maiden on June 21.
Ed Allred’s On The Move, who was second in her Ed Burke trial, will also compete in this heat. Other top names on trial night will include Ed Burke trial winner No Arizona.
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