EG High Desert Farms Holds Hot Cards for Golden State Derby

Jess Ravin and champion Walk Thru Crystal will represent the owner Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Jess Ravin, pictured here winning the Vandy's Flash Handicap, is the morning-line favorite for Sunday's Golden State Derby at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Jess Ravin, a sorrel daughter of Corona Cartel and one of two finalists owned by Enrique Gonzalez's EG High Desert Farms, is the even-money morning-line favorite for Sunday's 400-yard, $203,200 Golden State Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

EG High Desert Farms will also be represented by Walk Thru Crystal, last year's champion 2-year-old filly. Jess Ravin drew post 7 and will be ridden by Jesus Ayala, while Walk Thru Crystal will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez from post 6.

Both Jess Ravin and Walk Thru Crystal are trained by Yanet Rodriguez. Jess Ravin has won her last three outs, including the 400-yard, $20,000 Vandy's Flash Handicap on June 26.

"It doesn't matter where they've drawn for this race," said Rodriguez. "They are both mature and talented, and they've done well from various starting spots.

"Jess Ravin has been impressive this season," the trainer added. "She beat the boys in the Vandy's Flash. She ran once at Ruidoso Downs last year, but then we brought her back home and gave her some time off because she was paid into a lot of races at Los Alamitos. She's (paid) in the Los Alamitos Super Derby. We're really excited about her prospects this year."

Walk Thru Crystal is still looking for her first win this year, but the Walk Thru Fire began her 2-year-old campaign with a five-race win streak that included the 300-yard, $294,000 Kindergarten Futurity (G2), and the 350-yard, $1,040,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1).

(Click here for a profile of Lisa Anderson, the owner of Golden State Derby finalist Go Black Benny.)

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Sale Topper (Carlos Huerta), 20-1
Senor Gianni (Oscar Peinado), 12-1
Free Swinger (Cesar DeAlba), 20-1
Rite Regal (Cruz Mendez), 3-1
Militarist (Ruben Lozano), 8-1
Walk Thru Crystal (Ramon Sanchez), 5-1
Jess Ravin (Jesus Ayala), 1-1
Peacefull Delight (Tony Guymon), 30-1
Go Black Benny (Rodrigo Aceves), 30-1
Much Better Reason (Carlos Marquez), 20-1

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