Grade 3, $183,800 La Primera del Ano Derby Set for Friday

The 400-yard stakes tops Los Alamitos' eight-race program.

Q-Racing Journal

Racing for the first time on a wet track, Terrific Temptation on March 10 won the second of two La Primera del Ano Derby trials. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

A Political Lady and Terrific Temptation, a pair of fillies trained by Chris O'Dell for Parsons Ranch and the Parsons Family Limited Partnership, are among the 10 sophomore fillies entered back in Friday's 400-yard, $183,800 La Primera del Ano Derby (G3) at Los Alamitos.

Made the 8-5 morning-line favorite by track linemaker Ed Burgart, A Political Lady has won her last three starts, including the first of two La Primera del Ano trials on March 10. The homebred daughter of Apollitical Jess has earned $144,257 from 11 races, all at Los Alamitos, and her race record includes a third-place finish, a half of a length behind champion J Fire Up, in last year's Grade 1, 400-yard Golden State Million Futurity.

The fastest qualifier, Terrific Temptation is a homebred daughter of champion Tempting Dash who has won two of her last three outs, including the second La Primera trial. The filly has won four of 10 starts and has banked $18,930.

“We’re doing our homework with them,” O’Dell said. “With A Political Lady, we’ve been standing her in the gates since the derby trials to help her get a good start. We’ll back her out of the gates and then we load her in gates once again. We’ve done this multiple times with both fillies between the trials and the finals. You have to have them stand quietly in the gates and then fly out of there when the gates open. It’s a lot of work, but fortunately we have a great team.

“With Terrific Temptation, she excels in the mud,” added O’Dell while recalling her trial win. “Some horses don’t like the mud, but she loves it. She’ll run on any kind of track. The key is to get her to relax. They’re both spirited fillies. I just want them to be calm while I saddle them on Friday. I can’t ask for two better jockeys to be on these fillies. Eduardo Nicasio will ride A Political Lady and Jesus Rios Ayala will be on Terrific Temptation. They’ve done the work on these fillies and have been standing with them in the gates. I think we’re ready for the race and now we’ll just hope for some luck.”

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Moonie Blues (Jose M. Nicasio), 5-2
Checkn Seis (G. Jairo Rangel), 30-1
La Rusa (Rodrigo Aceves), 20-1
Hard Headed Chick (Cesar DeAlba), 15-1
Pick A Favorite (Cruz Mendez), 20-1
Summertime Favorite (Ruben Lozano), 12-1
Perfect Az Can Be (Eddie S. Garcia), 20-1
A Political Lady (Eduardo Nicasio), 8-5
Terrific Temptation (Jesus Rios Ayala), 7-2
Splendid Cause (Carlos Huerta), 8-1

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