Jess Hawk Returns in Los Alamitos Winter Derby

The homebred filly and fastest qualifier drew post 8 for Saturday's $224,900 final.

Q-Racing Journal

EG High Desert Farms' Jess Hawk, a homebred filly pictured here winning her trial, is one of nine sophomores entered back in Saturday's $224,900 Los Alamitos Winter Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

EG High Desert Farms' Jess Hawk, a homebred daughter of One Sweet Jess and the fastest qualifier, is one of nine 3-year-olds entered back in Saturday's 400-yard, $224,900 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Trained by Yanet Rodriguez, Jess Hawk made her sophomore debut with a wire-to-wire, neck victory in the third of six trials on January 21. The stakes-winning filly has won five of eight starts and has earned $41,460, and she is coming off of a juvenile season during which she won the 350-yard, $25,000 Pat Hyland Memorial Handicap on August 28.

Jess Hawk drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jesus Ayala.

Second-fastest qualifier Bannister is the 3-1 morning-line favorite and will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba from post 3 for owners Denny and Sandy Weigt and trainer Monty Arrossa. A gelded son of Maknmoves and a $6,200 buy at the 2015 Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, Bannister won two futurities last year, including the 350-yard, $118,000 Wild West Futurity at Los Alamitos.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Imaqtpie (Rodrigo Aceves), 9-1
Katella Deli (Carlos M. Huerta), 5-1
Bannister (Cesar DeAlba), 3-1
Jouet With Fire (Ramon Sanchez), 10-1
Blueeyedeagle (Cruz Mendez), 12-1
One Proud Eagle (Tony Guymon), 7-2
Kiddy Up Cowgirl (Eulices Gomez), 12-1
Jess Hawk (Jesus Ayala), 4-1
Staggering Stride (Cody Jensen), 10-1

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit www.aqha.com/racing.