LD Is Back Headlines Los Alamitos Super Derby

The gelding, who was winless at 2, has turned it around this year.

Q-Racing Journal

LD Is Back, the fastest qualifier, heads a field of 10 3-year-olds in Sunday's Los Alamitos Super Derby. The winner gets a berth in the December 16, $750,000 Champion of Champions. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

LD Is Back, a gelded son of Walk Thru Fire owned by Darling Farms and trainer Jaime Gomez, will look to continue his season success in Sunday's 400-yard, $956,600 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

The fastest qualifier from five trials on October 21, Walk Thru Fire has won three of five starts, including the $25,000 Jens L. List Jr. Memorial California Breeders Stakes (R) on July 29, and he has earned $34,430 this year. He was winless in eight outs during his 2-year-old campaign.

LD Is Back is out of Prima LD, a daughter of Jazzing Hi who won the AQHA Derby Challenge Championship (G1).

"The breeding is there for LD Is Back," Gomez said. "We lost Prima LD last year. She was 17. She was an awesome racehorse and an awesome producer. She was also the mother of LD Fire, a Grade 1 winner at Los Alamitos and a full-sister to LD Is Back.

"We did minor surgery on LD Is Back after his 2-year-old campaign and he's come back in unbelievable form," Gomez added. "He's such a powerful finisher. He finished so well in (his trial), but he also finished extremely well in the PCQHRA Breeders Derby. He didn't win the Breeders Derby, but he had an awesome finish in that race." 

Made the 8-5 early favorite by track morning-line maker Ed Burgart, LD Is Back drew post 6 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Aceves. The gelding's nine opponents include That Rico, a multiple stakes winning Carters Cartel gelding owned by Thompson Racing Inc. and trainer Paul Jones. That Rico brings in a four-race win streak that includes a wire-to-wire, half-length score in the 400-yard, $260,000 Golden State Derby (G2) on August 20.

That Rico is coming off of a half-length win as the 2-5 favorite in his Super Derby trial.

"That was a really good race all the way around," Terry Thompson said. "I think he's going to relish the distance. Early in his career, we were a little skeptical if he could go 400 yards. He's proven that he wants more yardage."

That Rico drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala.

The winner of the Los Alamitos Super Derby will earn a spot in this year's Champion of Champions (G1). The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Tarzanito (Eddie S. Garcia), 20-1
Look At Her (Ramon Sanchez), 30-1
Kissed By An Eagle (Cesar DeAlba), 7-2
Billionaire Boy (Carlos Huerta), 30-1
That Rico (Jesus Rios Ayala), 7-2
LD Is Back (Rodrigo Aceves), 8-5
Renewed (Eduardo Nicasio, 15-1
Jess Mas (Juan Carlos Ramirez), 8-1
Katella Deli (Jose Nicasio), 20-1
Chazaq (Cody Jensen), 6-1

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