Champion Ima Fearless Hero Returns in PCQHRA Breeders' Derby trials

Last year's top 2-year-old gelding heads 32 3-year-olds entered Saturday at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Ima Fearless Hero, last year's champion 2-year-old gelding, will make his first start in nine months in Saturday's PCQHRA Breeders' Derby trials at Los Alamitos. PHOTO: Scott Martinez

Ima Fearless Hero, a homebred son of Valiant Hero racing for S-Quarter K LLC of Kennewick, Washington, is one of 32 sophomores entered in Saturday's 400-yard PCQHRA Breeders' Derby (G3) trials at Los Alamitos.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $125,000-est. final on September 30.

Ima Fearless Hero will be making his first start since December 13, when the gelding scored a neck victory as the odds-on favorite in the 400-yard, $1,957,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). A half brother to reigning world champion Heza Dasha Fire, Ima Fearless Hero ended his juvenile campaign with a five-race win streak that included the 350-yard, $385,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) on October 3.

Ima Fearless Hero was last year's champion 2-year-old gelding. He drew post 7 and will be ridden by Cruz Mendez for trainer Jose Flores in the first of four trials.

Docs Best Card, a Corona Cartel colt owned and trained by Jaime Gomez, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Oscar Peinado in the second heat. Docs Best Card is coming off of a 2-year-old season during which he earned $736,595 from 11 outs, and he ran second in four graded futurities, including the Los Alamitos Two Million and Golden State Million futurities.

Other promiinent 3-year-olds entered in the PCQHRA Breeders' Derby include Thermonuclear Energy, a homebred daughter of Walk Thru Fire trained by Chris O'Dell for the Parsons Family Limited Partnership. Thermonuclear Energy is coming off of a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Unclaimed Dividend, in the 400-yard, $200,000 Governor's Cup Derby (RG3) on July 30.

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