Rite Regal Risks Win Streak in Super Derby

The Favorite Cartel gelding goes for six in a row at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Rite Regal will risk his win streak in Saturday's Grade 1, 400-yard Los Alamitos Super Derby. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Rite Regal, a California-bred son of Favorite Cartel campaigned by Urschel 3-D Ranch LLC, will risk his five-race win streak in Sunday's 400-yard, $767,750 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1).

The winner of this race will earn a berth in the December 10, $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1).

Trained by Jose Flores, Rite Regal has earned $201,307 from eight starts this season, and his six wins include the 400-yard, $203,000 Golden State Derby (G2) on August 21, and the 400-yard, $210,000 El Primero del Ano Derby (G3) on April 3. The fastest qualifier, the gelding drew post 9 and will be ridden by Cruz Mendez.

Flores will also send out Jess A Pollitician for owner Janet McKinnerney. A homebred gelded son of Apollitical Jess, Jess A Pollitician was a finalist in last year's 400-yard, $1.957-million Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1). He drew post 8 and will be ridden by G. Jairo Rangel.

Big Lew, a Corona Cartel colt trained by Mike Robbins for owner Reliance Ranches LLC, drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jimmy Dean Brooks. Big Lew is coming off of a Ruidoso Downs summer campaign during which he was a finalist in the 440-yard, $1.224-million Rainbow Derby (G1), and the 400-yard, $1.069-million Ruidoso Derby (G1).

Big Lew's return to Los Alamitos was a successful one, as the colt scored a head victory in his Super Derby trial.

"He didn't get away like he can and kind of hesitated, but he ran a big race at the end," said Robbins.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Flash N Bling (Cesar Gomez), 12-1
Ima Fearless Hero (Ramon Sanchez), 10-1
Flay (Oscar Peinado), 4-1
Docs Best Card (Rodrigo Aceves), 6-1
Big Lew (Jimmy Dean Brooks), 6-1
Rip Tide (Ricky Ramirez), 15-1
Go Black Benny (Jesus Rios Ayala), 20-1
Jess A Pollitician (G. Jairo Rangel), 10-1
Rite Regal (Cruz Mendez), 2-1
Time For Jess (Carlos Huerta), 10-1

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