Sophomore Stars Line Up in Super Derby Trials

Los Alamitos hosts sparkling Super Derby trials.

Press Release

Champion Five Bar Cartel, 2013 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) winner Foose Cash SR, and multiple stakes winner Viva Mi Corazon are among the 41 talented sophomores that will participate in the trials to the $972,100 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on Sunday at Los Alamitos.

Five trials will be contested at 400 yards with the horses with the 10 fastest times moving on to the Super Derby final on November 1. The Super Derby is the richest event for 3-year-olds contested at Los Alamitos and its winner will earn $386,442 plus a starting berth to the $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on December 13.

Owned by San Gregorio Racing Stables, Five Bar Cartel will make his first start at Los Alamitos this year after a very successful freshman campaign. The son of Corona Cartel won the $1,111,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity G(1) last year while also qualifying to two other races with million dollar purses. With top five finishes in both of his other million dollar races - Five Bar Cartel was fourth in the Los Alamitos Two Million and fifth in the Golden State Million - Five Bar Cartel was honored as the 2013 champion 2-year-old colt.

Bred by Esmeralda Flores, Five Bar Cartel started his 3-year-old campaign at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, where he finished a strong second to Too Flash For You in the $1,920,887 All American Derby (G1). To be ridden by Saul Ramirez for trainer Danny Montes, Five Bar Cartel is a perfect three wins from three starts at Los Alamitos. He will look to remain undefeated trial races when he headlines the second of five trials on Sunday at the Orange County track.

Racing for La Presita LLC, San Gregorio Racing Stables and World Champion Racing Stables LLC, Foose Cash SR will also be making his first start at Los Alamitos in 2014. The winner of the 2013 Los Alamitos Two Million, Foose Cash SR began his sophomore year at Ruidoso Downs where he won a trial to the All American Derby, but missed qualifying to the final.

Trained by Eloy Navarro, Foose Cash SR will be in action in the fifth and final trial and will be going after his fourth victory in a row. The gelding sired by Foose won the Two Million last season at 25-1 odds. Bred by Anselmo Aguilar, Foose Cash SR also ran in the Governor’s Cup Futurity last year. Eduardo Nicasio will ride him on Sunday night.

Navarro will also saddle two-time derby finalist Dont Walk Peacefully in this trial for World Champion Racing Stables.
A finalist in both the Golden State Derby and El Primero Del Ano Derby, Dont Walk Peacefully is one of five horses in the trials scheduled to be ridden by Joe Badilla Jr. One of the all-time leading jockeys at Los Alamitos, Badilla Jr. will be back riding at Los Alamitos for the first time since 2006. Badilla, who will ride for Navarro in each of the five trials, ranks 7th all-time at Los Alamitos in Quarter Horse wins with 1,442 and 4th all-time with 111 stakes wins here. He’ll ride Golden State Million Futurity runner-up Mr Corona Cartel in the first trial, Chollima in the second trial, Golden State and Ed Burke Million futurity finalist Fire Up Willie in the third trial, and Mr Dashin Perry in the fourth trial.

Racing for Johnny Trotter and Burnett Ranches LLC, the 2013 AQHA champion owners, Viva Mi Corazon will make his first start at Los Alamitos since winning the Winter Derby by daylight on February 15. The son of First Down Dash’s only start since the Winter Derby is a second place finish in a trial to the All American Derby. Trained by Cody Joiner, Viva Mi Corazon loves to race Los Alamitos. He has won five of his six career starts here with only a game second place finish in the Los Alamitos Two Million interrupting his local winning streak. Cody Jensen will ride the Bob and Jerry Gaston-bred runner.

San Gregorio and World Champion’s Mr Corona Cartel will be making his second start of the year following a third place finish in an allowance event in mid-August. The Corona Cartel gelding has finished in the money in all seven of his career starts. World Champion also co-owns A Corona Sunset in partnership with John Haagsma. Also sired by Corona Cartel, A Corona Sunset finished second to superstar Moonist in the Golden State Derby and was third in the Two Million last year.

In addition to Five Bar Cartel and Dimes And Nicks, the second trial will also feature a pair of solid runners from the barn of Eddie Willis in the form of BP Its My Policy and Shades Of Blues Girl. Racing for Bill Price, BP Its My Policy ran in a pair of million dollar races last year – the Ruidoso Futurity and Golden State Million Futurity – while Reliance Ranches LLC’s Shades Of Blues Girl has had a busy sophomore campaign with appearances in the Heritage Place Derby and Remington Park Oklahoma Breeders Derby.

The third trial is a wide-open contest headed by Trotter and Burnett Ranches’ Ms First Prize Rose. The winner of the Rainbow Futurity (G1) last season, Ms First Prize Rose qualified to last week’s PCQHRA Breeders Derby, but was scratched out that final. She was a half-length winner in her Breeders Derby trial and should be a factor in this event. Her main rivals figure to include Alberto Valdes’ talented Highest Fire, who ran in both the Golden State Million and Los Alamitos Two Million futurities last season, and Reliance Ranches’ Texas Classic Futurity finalist Coronado Cartel, who earlier this year won the Mr Jess Perry Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. Two-time futurity finalists Jiffy James and Fire Up Willie and Golden State Derby finalist Mistic Rose are just a few of the other top names in this deeply talented trial.

The fourth trial is equally strong as it will feature Reliance Ranches’ Ruidoso Derby winner Rock You, La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Feisty Flo, and La Primera Del Ano Derby runner-up Quirky. The horse to beat could be Mr Its Country Time, who has been in razor sharp form at Los Alamitos this season. Trained by Juan Aleman for Jesus Garera Garcia, Mr Its Country Time has won three local stakes races and four of five starts here this season. His stakes wins have come in the James Smith Handicap, Dillingham Handicap and Independence Day Handicap.

Money wise, the richest horse in the fourth trial is the Eddie Willis-trained Rock You. Bred by Dr. Steve Burns, the Foose gelding has earned $606,101 in his career while six of 13 career starts. With Jimmy Dean Brooks aboard, Rock You won the Ruidoso Derby by a half-length and also qualified to the Rainbow Derby. The talented runner also won the Bob Moore Stakes at Remington Park earlier this year and at Los Alamitos he earned $120,324 for finishing third in last year’s Golden State Million Futurity.

Foose Cash SR is the big name in the final trial of the night, but he’ll face tough competition as six of his seven rivals have qualified to at least one derby at Los Alamitos this season. His top rivals will likely include La Primera third place finisher Sis Is Hot, two-time derby finalists Dont Walk Peacefully, Foose Is Loose, and Look Of A Dasher, and Los Alamitos Maiden Stakes winner and Golden State finalist Another Oatie. Gildardo Garcia’s Dare To Flair ran in the Governor’s Cup Derby earlier this season, while Harrisburg finished second in a regional final to the Adequan Derby held at Arapahoe Park in early June.


Michael Zynda’s Foo Who had an unlucky trip when running second in a trial to the PCQHRA Breeders Futurity. The Foose filly hopes that luck is on her side on Saturday night, as she’ll be the one of the horses to watch in the running of the $30,000 Autumn Handicap at 350 yards.

Foo Who broke behind the leaders in her Breeders Futurity trial, but a few strides after the start she was bumped and pushed inward which made winning the race an impossible task. The Kim and Lila Kessinger-bred filly did not quit and instead closed powerfully to earn a gritty second in the race. Trained by Juan Aleman, Foo Who showed her potential in her only other career start when she easily defeated a group of maidens by 2 1/2 lengths.

Foo Who will face a field headed by First Down Tiny Man. The Tennessee-bred ran third in the John Deere California Juvenile Challenge on August 23. First Down Tiny Man was a trial winner to that race in his previous start. Chris O’Dell will saddle the gelding that is owned by his son, Colton, wife, Wendy, and Pirate Stables.

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