Winter Derby Trials Draw 46 Sophomores

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the February 11, $224,900 final at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

Ron Hartley's One Proud Eagle, pictured here returning to the winner's circle after the Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity in May, will be vying for one of 10 starting spots in the February 11 Los Alamitos Winter Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

A total of 46 3-year-olds, headed by graded stakes winners One Proud Eagle and Racy High Roller, has been entered in Saturday's 400-yard Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) trials at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

One Proud Eagle, a homebred gray son of One Famous Eagle trained by John Cooper for owner Ron Hartley, drew post 4 and will be ridden by Tony Guymon in the third of six trials. One Proud Eagle is coming off of a juvenile campaign during which the gelding won two graded stakes -- the 300-yard, $428,000 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3) in May, and the 350-yard, $151,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) in October -- and earned $275,105 from eight outs.

Racy High Roller will be ridden by Cody Jensen from the rail post in the first heat. Trained by Chris O'Dell for owner Abigail K. Kawananakoa, the One Famous Eagle gelding has banked $261,450 from seven outs, and his three wins include a neck victory in the 350-yard, $430,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) on October 1.

Other prominent sophomores entered in the Los Alamitos Winter Derby trials include Denny and Sandy Weigt's Bannister, a Maknmoves gelding trained by Monty Arrossa, and Las Vegas Ranch's Arizona Icon, a homebred gelded son of Texas Icon trained by Matt Fales and a two-time futurity winner at Turf Paradise last fall.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $224,900 Los Alamitos Winter Derby final on February 11.

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