Los Alamitos Super Derby Trials Draw 40 3-Year-Olds

The winner of the November 12, $921,500 final will earn a berth in this year's Champion of Champions.

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That Rico, pictured here winning the August 20 Golden State Derby, will make his next start in Saturday's Los Alamitos Super Derby trials. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

A total of 40 3-year-olds, including several graded stakes winners, has been entered in Saturday's 400-yard Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) trials at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will face off in the $921,500 final on November 12. The winner will earn a berth in the 440-yard, $750,000 Champion of Champiions (G1) on December 16.

Two graded stakes winners, That Rico and Lotta Blues Man, will be joined in the fifth and final trial by All American Derby (G1) runner-up One Sweet Racy. Owned by Thompson Racing Inc. and trainer Paul Jones, That Rico has won his last four starts, including the 400-yard, $260,000 Golden State Derby (G2) on August 20. The bay son of Carters Cartel drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jesus Ayala.

Lotta Blues Man is trained by Mike Casselman for owner Lucky Seven Ranch. A homebred son of Favorite Cartel, the gelding has banked $892,485 from 11 outs, all at Los Alamitos, and his six wins include a half-length victory in last year's 400-yard, $1.016-million Golden State Million Futurity (G1).

Lotta Blues Man will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez from the rail post.

One Sweet Racy will be shortening in distance off of her second-place finish, 2 1/4 lengths behind winner Hold Air Hostage, in the 440-yard, $1.366-million All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs on September 3. Trained by Jaime Gomez for owner Johnny Trotter of Hereford, Texas, the One Sweet Jess filly drew post 6 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Aceves.

Other prominent 3-year-olds entered in Saturday's trials include Chazaq, who drew post 2 and will be ridden by Aceves in the first heat. Trained by Gomez for owner Dutch Masters III, Chazaq is looking for his first stakes victory of the season, but the gelded son of Corona Cartel has won six of 11 starts, including last year's 350-yard, $1.11-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1).

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