Powerful Favorite Headlines $198,700 Los Alamitos Winter Derby

The Favorite Cartel gelding is the morning-line favorite for the season's first Grade 1 derby

Q-Racing Journal

Fastest qualifier Powerful Favorite, shown here winning his trial, is the morning-line favorite for Saturday's Los Alamitos Winter Derby. PHOTO: Los Alamitos Racecourse

Rosenthal Ranch LLC's Powerful Favorite, a California-bred son of Favorite Cartel and the 9-5 morning-line favorite, heads a field of 10 sophomores entered back in Saturday's 400-yard, $198,700 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos Racecourse.

Powerful Favorite made his 3-year-old debut with a one-length victory in the last of four Winter Derby trials on January 19. The gelding has earned $321,461 from 10 races, all at Los Alamitos, and his four wins include a neck win in last year's 350-yard, $380,000 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG2).

Powerful Favorite drew post 6 and will be ridden by Eduardo Nicasio for trainer Chris O'Dell. His nine opponents include Cole Man 47, a graded stakes winning Stel Corona gelding trained by Paul Jones for owners Steve McIntyre and Marin Jones. Cole Man 47 is coming off of a 2-year-old campaign during which he won two stakes, including the 350-yard, $365,000 PCQHRA Breeders' Futurity (G2) in October.

Cole Man 47 drew post 8 and will be ridden by Ramon Sanchez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Ladys A Cartel (Ruben Lozano), 20-1
Heza Blues Man (Carlos Huerta), 30-1
Red Hawk Cartel (Erasmo Gasca), 6-1
Singles Cruise (Jairo Rangel), 10-1
Mister Appolitical (Jesus Rios Ayala), 5-2
Powerful Favorite (Eduardo Nicasio), 9-5
I Like My Chances (Jose M. Nicasio), 20-1
Cole Man 47 (Ramon Sanchez), 5-1
Tough Enough Jess (Armando Viramontes), 15-1
Terrific First Down (Cody Jensen), 12-1

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