Sweet Aguila Returns in La Primera del Ano Derby

The fastest qualifier draws post 2 for Saturday's stakes at Los Alamitos.

Q-Racing Journal

A full field of 10 3-year-old fillies has been entered in Saturday's Grade 3, 400-yard La Primera del Ano Derby at Los Alamitos.

A full field of 10 sophomore fillies, topped by fastest qualifier Sweet Aguila, has been entered back in Saturday's 400-yard $220,400 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Sweet Aguila is a homebred daughter of One Sweet Jess trained by Yanet Rodriguez for Enrique Gonzalez' EG High Desert Farms. The filly is coming off of a half-length victory in the third of four trials on March 11, and she has earned $20,075 from nine outs.

"She's not fast out of the gates, but she finishes strong," said Rodriguez of Sweet Aguila. "She's a filly we've had trouble with because it's hard to maintain her weight. We've gotten her to eat now."

Sweet Aguila drew post 2 and will be ridden by Jesus Ayala. The filly's nine opponents include Abigail K. Kawananakoa's Staggering Stride. A sorrel Mr Jess Perry filly trained by Paul Jones, Staggering Stride ran fourth, one length behind winner Imaqtpie, in the 400-yard, $225,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) on February 11.

The 3-1 morning-line favorite, Staggering Stride drew the rail post and will be ridden by Cesar DeAlba.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Staggering Stride (Cesar DeAlba), 3-1
Sweet Aguila (Jesus Rios), 7-2
Smell Perfume (Rodrigo Aceves), 15-1
Jess Mas (Carlos Huerta), 9-2
Start Somethin Bad (Ramon Sanchez), 8-1
Hootin For Hotlips (G. Jairo Rangel), 12-1
Tough To Figure (Gary Boag), 8-1
Jess Pretending (Ruben Lozano), 30-1
Janes Cartel (Samuel Mendez), 10-1
Red And Ready (Roberto C. Hernandez), 6-1

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