Los Alamitos Winter Derby Trials Draw 38 Sophomores
Grade 1-placed Dynasty Energy will make his 3-year-old debut on Saturday.
January 19, 2016
A total of 38 3-year-olds, headed by Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) third-place finisher Dynasty Energy and stakes winner Zoomin For Spuds, has been entered in Saturday's 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) trials at Los Alamitos Racecourse.
The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $215,250 Los Alamitos Winter Derby final in February.
Dynasty Energy is trained by Chris O'Dell for the Parsons Family Limited Partnership. A homebred stakes-winning son of champion FDD Dynasty, the gelding is coming off of a third-place finish, a half of a length behind winner and 2015 champion 2-year-old gelding Ima Fearless Hero, in the 400-yard, $1,957,000 Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1) on December 13.
Dynasty Energy will be ridden by Tony Guymon from post 4 in the third of five trials.
Zoomin For Spuds has earned $62,962 from nine outs, and his two wins include a neck victory in the 350-yard, $126,000 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos on October 25. Bret Vickery trains the homebred Zoomin For Bux gelding for owner Jim Walker.
Zoomin For Spuds drew post 3 and will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba in the second heat.
Other prominent 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's trials include We Like Corona and Crooked Path. The 8-5 morning-line favorite in the third trial, We Like Corona is coming off of a 2-year-old campaign in which he ran fourth in both the Los Alamitos Two-Million and Ed Burke Million (G1) futurities.
Owned by Howard Nichols and trained by Jose Flores, We Like Corona drew post 7 and will be ridden by Cruz Mendez.
Crooked Path is a homebred Corona Cartel filly trained by Paul Jones for Dr. Steve Burns of Menifee, California. Crooked Path ran sixth, 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Jess Good Candy, in the 440-yard, $2.8-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs in September.
Cody Jensen has been named to ride Crooked Path from the rail post in the fifth trial.
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