Bac In Front Favored in PCQHRA Derby

Los Al also honors legendary horsemen with stakes.

Press Release

Los Al hosts three stakes on Friday night.

Two-time derby winner and fastest qualifier Forget It will not race in Friday’s PCQHRA Breeders Derby in order to concentrate in the trials to the Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) to be held on Sunday, October 11, but trainer Jaime Gomez will still a strong contender in the $135,000 derby at 400 yards.

Gomez, who is co-owner and trainer of Forget It, will saddle the now-4-5 morning line favorite Bac In Front in Friday’s Breeders Derby. The Francisco Vega-owned filly has been terrific this season, as she’s won five of eight starts while winning the La Primera Del Ano Derby and Dillingham Handicap and finishing second to Forget It in the Governor’s Cup Derby. To be ridden by Carlos Huerta, Bac In Front will start from the outside post nine in the Breeders Derby. She’ll come into this race after running second to Steve Burns’ Walk The Catwalk in the trials to this race.

Trained by Mike Casselman, Walk The Catwalk has hit the board in each of his last five outings. He won an allowance race in late March and was second in the Jens List Memorial Stakes. He’s sharp and Casselman’s stable has been solid the entire year. Cesar De Alba will ride.

The field will also feature 2014 Kindergarten Futurity winner Old Girl and veteran stakes runners Hot Shot, Off Beat, Old Six Six, and Vivid just to mention a few. Flying Foose and Personal High will complete the field.

VETERAN MARGARITAS N CORONAS HEADS BLANE SCHVANEVELDT HANDICAP 

 Robert Hickman’s Margaritas N Coronas has a long history of success at Los Alamitos Race Course. The Washington-bred gelding by Corona Czech has won eight races in his 32-race career and four of those have come at Los Alamitos. His wins in Orange County have included The Plan Handicap, The John Ward Handicap, and the Los Alamitos Juvenile Invitational Stakes, but he’s also participated in several top local stakes, running second in the 2014 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap and second in the 2012 Wild West Futurity.

Trained by Bret Vickery, Margaritas N Coronas returns to Los Alamitos for the first time since mid-January of this year to compete in the $25,000 Blane Schvaneveldt Handicap at 400 yards. The 5-year-old sprinter will start from post number eight and will be piloted for the second time here by jockey Cesar De Alba.

The field includes other horses with local racing experience. Adriana Aceves’ The Midnite Caller began the year at Portland Meadows and since arriving here he’s posted several outstanding efforts. He’s won each of his last two outings against claiming rivals and he’s hit the board in each of his last four starts. Abel Ramirez will pilot The Midnite Caller from post number one. Mike Harrigfeld’s Balata Joe Now ran second in last year’s John Ward Handicap and recently won three straight races in the Intermountain racing circuit. Champion jockey Cody Jensen will ride the gelding from post seven for Vickery. Wilmas Alright Now, a winner of nine of 15 starts, SS Galileo, Political Chick, W R Carver and Lil Bitts A Dash will complete the field. 

KIP DIDERICKSEN HANDICAP HONORS LEGENDARY JOCKEY

Los Alamitos Race Course will host the running of the $15,000 Kip Didericksen Handicap, named in honor of one of the most famous and talented jockeys Quarter Horse racing has ever seen. Didericksen, a native of Preston, Idaho, began his riding career as a teenager at tracks like Les Bois Park, the Flathead Fairgrounds and the Cow Capital Turf Club.

By the time he was done at Los Alamitos, Kip had amassed at Los Alamitos 1,318 Quarter Horse wins, the 11th highest figure here, and 63 stakes wins. Kip is best remembered as the rider of the legendary world champion Refrigerator, who he piloted to victory in the 1992 Champion of Champions. Kip won 10 riding titles at Los Alamitos and was also a leading rider during the Quarter Horse meeting at Bay Meadows. Kip was also the AQHA Champion Jockey in 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Didericksen was the busiest jockey at Los Alamitos as he would often ride around 600 Quarter Horses per meet - usually 100 more than anybody else.  At his peak, Didericksen was the most popular guy on the grounds. He once won a training title while riding for more than 30 different trainers over the course of a season. Of course, back then, if you wanted to be the leading rider, you had to ride for the great Blane Schvaneveldt. Kip did just that, as he piloted the great Refrigerator and many other stars for the great Blane.

Didericksen's introduction to the bright lights at Los Alamitos came courtesy of trainer Denny Ekins. The trainer used Kip, who at the time was jockey John Ward's assistant, while Ward, Ekins' first call rider, was on the shelf. Didericksen lit up the toteboard with a couple of his mounts and people started to give him opportunities. One of those was the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who made Kip his No. 1 jockey. Baffert once told the LA Times that "Some guys may work out 20 horses, (Kip) does 50. He'll work out a horse even before you ask him. That's almost unheard of. Sometimes you have to beg these guys to work your horses."

One of Kip's best quotes during his riding career came when the jockey, who stands at 5 feet 9 1/2 inches, was discussing his height with LA Times' staff writer Steve Lowery . 

"I know it's just the way things are," he said about his height. "I used to get mad. I wanted to be smaller. But now I just figure I want to be someone they all remember. I want to be someone they all thought was good."

The field to the Kip Didericksen will be headed by Idaho Cup Derby runner-up JP Future Secret. Last year’s Kip Didericksen winner was Angel Eyez, who was the runner-up in the Idaho Cup Derby as well. JP Future Secret will come into this year’s race after winning a stakes race at Elko. He has hit the board in all seven of his start this season for owner/trainer Jeremy Price. Bret Vickery will saddle the Furrtreeous gelding from post three.

The field will also feature the Adriana Aceves-trained Blistering Speed, an allowance winner here last season. The Tres Seis gelding has had a quiet campaign, but still offers lots of quickness and an affinity for Los Alamitos. The field will feature 2014 Wild West Futurity finalist Juicy Walk and Elko allowance runner-up Molen Road.Warm And Cozy, which hails from the barn of Jeri Brinkerhoff, is another one to watch. The trainer had a tremendous campaign when stabled here last year. 

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