Champion J Fire Up to Make Season Debut in Governor's Cup Derby Trials

The filly is the 2-5 morning-line favorite in the first of two heats on Sunday.

Q-Racing Journal

Champion J Fire Up will make her first start in seven months in Sunday's Governor's Cup Futurity trials. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

J Fire Up, a homebred daughter of Kiddy Up and last year's champion 2-year-old, is one of 20 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's 400-yard Governor's Cup Derby (RG3) trials at Los Alamitos.

Racing for Darling Farms, Ernesto Solis, and trainer Jaime Gomez, J Fire Up is coming off of a juvenile campaign during which the filly won seven races, including two Grade 1 stakes, and earned $1,430,411, more than any other filly or mare in one season at Los Alamitos. J Fire Up will be making her first start since December 17, when she ended her season with a dominating wire-to-wire 1 1/4-length victory in the 400-yard, $1.745-million Los Alamitos Two-Million Futurity (G1).

"I'm excited to see her race again," said Gomez. "She's been training nicely, and she had a perfect vacation after her 2-year-old campaign.

J Fire Up had minor ankle surgery after her championship season, and she spent most of the winter recovering at Gomez's ranch under the steady watch of Solis, who is Gomez's ranch foreman.

"It was great to be able to spend some time with this wonderful filly," Solis said. "Now it's time for her to get back to work, and Jaime has her ready."

J Fire Up drew post 8 and will be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio in the first of two heats.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the June 28 Governor's Cup Derby final.

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