First Storm Tide Heads Desert Classic

Youngsters look for a stakes win in Arizona.

Q-Racing Journal

The Ricardo Ramirez-owned and -trained First Storm Tide impressed in his career debut when he set the top-qualifying time to the $30,000-added Desert Classic Futurity and that effort should make him the probable favorite in Friday’s 300-yard futurity at Turf Paradise.

First Storm Tide (First Down Dash-American Purse by Chicks Beduino) showed his potential at first asking when he raced away from his rivals to win by 1 1/2 lengths. His time of :16.171 was the top mark from the three trials.

The second- and third-fastest qualifiers – Mr Jess Fast and Jess One Looke – won the other trials.

Juan Moraga’s homebred Mr Jess Fast (Dejon-Super Fast Deb by Fast Debonair) won the final trial by a neck after making a huge improvement from his first career start. After finishing a troubled ninth in a Sunland Park maiden race, Mr Jess Fast joined the Eddie Megariz barn at Turf Paradise and responded with a neck trial score at 7-1 odds. The gelding raced the 330 yards in :16.259.

Owned by Ralph and Carolyn Fales and Jesus Javier Barboa, Jess One Looke (Jesse James Jr-Champagne Lane by Lanes Leinster) rallied to get a neck win in the first trial. The Matt Fales-trained prospect was timed in :16.266 for the third-fastest mark.

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