Los Alamitos Ends 2017 Season with Southern California Derby

The 400-yard, $168,500 stakes draws the curtain on the track yearlong meet.

Q-Racing Journal

Los Alamitos Racecourse will conclude its racing season with a nine-race program on Sunday, topped by the $168,500 Southern California Derby.

Champion Ima Fearless Hero is one of 10 sophomores entered back in Sunday's 400-yard, $168,500 Southern California Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Last year's champion 2-year-old gelding, Ima Fearless Hero will be seeking his first stakes win of his 3-year-old campaign. Ima Fearless Hero has won seven of his 13 starts, all at Los Alamitos, and he has earned $1,045,182. The gelding drew the rail post and will be ridden by Cruz Mendez for owner S-Quarter K LLC and trainer Jose Flores.

Los Alamitos morning-line maker Ed Burgart has made Time For Jess the early 3-1 favorite. A bay daughter of Apollitical Jess trained by Lin Melton for owner Spackman Racing, the stakes-winning filly is coming off of a third-place finish, one length behind winner Big Lew, in the 400-yard, $768,000 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) on November 6.

Carlos Huerta will ride Time For Jess from post 7.

John and Cina Sperry's Jess Good Reason, a Good Reason Sa filly trained by Paul Jones, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Oscar Peinado. Jess Good Reason has won her last two outs, including the 400-yard, $202,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) on October 29.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Ima Fearless Hero (Cruz Mendez), 4-1
Jess Good Reason (Oscar Peinado), 4-1
Stevie B First Cash (Jose Amador Alvarez), 9-2
Nymph (Eulices Gomez), 30-1
Dynasty Energy (Cesar DeAlba), 30-1
Jess A Pollitician (Ramon Sanchez), 15-1
Time For Jess (Carlos Huerta), 3-1
Thermonuclear Energy (Cody Jensen), 7-2
We Like Corona (G. Jairo Rangel), 15-1
Uno Corona Mas (Jesus Rios Ayala), 15-1

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