Sass Me Blue is Morning-Line Choice for Southern California Derby

The Grade 1-placed Valiant Hero filly will be seeking her first stakes victory in Sunday's 400-yard stakes.

Q-Racing Journal

Lucky Seven Ranch's Sass Me Blue drew post 8 for Sunday's Grade 2, $134,150 Southern California Derby at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Sass Me Blue, a daughter of Valiant Hero and the fastest qualifier, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for Sunday’s 400-yard, $134,150 Southern California Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Sass Me Blue is coming off of a neck victory in the first of three trials on November 29. Mike Casselman trains the filly for owner Lucky Seven Ranch. The filly’s season includes a second-place finish to Heza Dasha Fire in the 400-yard, $866,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on October 31, and a third-place finish in the August 23, $180,000 Golden State Derby (G2).

“She came into my barn before the trials to the Golden State Derby, before Cody Joiner stopped training,” Casselman said. “She’s settled nicely into our barn.”

Sass Me Blue drew post 8 and will be ridden by Cody Jensen in the Southern California Derby final. The filly’s nine opponents include Jess Cuz, a daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry trained by Elena Andrade for the List family’s Double Bar S Ranch of Moreno Valley, California.

Jess Cuz has earned $57,409 from seven outs this season, and her resume includes a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Quirky, in the 400-yard, $100,000 Mildred N. Vessels Memorial Handicap (G1) for older distaffers on September 27.

Jess Cuz drew post 3 and will be ridden by Alejandro Luna.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds--
Old Six Six (Tony Guymon), 12-1
Walk Around Blues (Roberto Hernandez), 30-1
Jess Cuz (Alejandro Luna), 7-2
Bac In Front (Oscar Peinado), 4-1
Weownthenite (Cruz Mendez), 8-1
Walk The Catwalk (Cesar DeAlba), 12-1
The Perfect Love (Jesus Ayala), 30-1
Sass Me Blue (Cody Jensen), 3-1
Forget It (Eduardo Nicasio), 4-1
Fiery Kimbo (Carlos Marquez), 8-1

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