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PJ Chick In Black Works at Los Al

Champion filly being pointed to Los Alamitos Super Derby trials.

September 28, 2013

PJ Chick In Black

PJ Chick In Black

Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms’ champion filly PJ Chick In Black worked 350 yards from the gate and under the lights in :17.80 on Friday at Los Alamitos Race Course. Trained by John Stinebaugh, the daughter of Desirio arrived at Los Alamitos approximately two weeks ago and is being pointed to run in the October 12 trials to the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Super Derby.

“An 18 flat gate workout is a pretty workout at Los Alamitos,” said Stinebaugh, who on hand at the Orange County oval to watch his talented charge’s drill. “I thought she would go about :18.10 so to hear that she just worked :17.80, that’s fast. She looked pretty good to me. She likes it out here. She’s put on weight and she’s looking good.”

Esgar Ramirez, who has ridden PJ Chick In Black in all 11 of her starts, flew in from Zia Park just to pilot the young champion in her workout.

“She’s really good,” he said. “She’s impressive. The lights did not bother her at all. She just didn’t have any luck in her trial to the All American Derby (when she finished ninth).”

PJ Chick In Black was named the champion 2-year-old filly last year after winning the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and New Mexico Spring Futurity (RG2). She was also the fastest qualifier to the All American Futurity (G1), in which she ran sixth to eventual world champion One Dashing Eagle. She also won the Grade 3 West Texas Derby at Sunland Park on March 30. In her last three outings, she won trials to the Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies and also competed in a trial to the All American Derby. Fredda Draper bred PJ Chick In Black, who is a winner of nine of 11 career starts and $653,356.

Junior's Quarter Horses Inc’s Harrisburg also worked under the lights on Friday with the Azoom colt covering the 350 yards from the gate in :18.10. Bred by Robert A. Gentry, Harrisburg is a half brother of 2012 champion aged mare Fredaville and 2005 champion aged stallion Fredricksburg. Prior to arriving to Southern California, Harrisburg won his All American Futurity trial on August 16 and was second in his Rainbow Futurity trial on July 5.

“He was unlucky not to qualify to the All American,” said Jose De La Torre, who trains Harrisburg at Los Alamitos. “He was up (in the top 10) for a long time. Eduardo Nicasio did a great job with him in this workout. He took it easy with him. The horse was almost breezing out there. He came out here right after his All American trial so he’s been here for about a month. I think he has a good chance to do well in the (October 20) trials to the Golden State Million.”

Junior’s Quarter Horses, Inc.’s Walked Away broke his maiden earlier on the Friday card. The colt by Walk Thru Fire also arrived here shortly after his All American Futurity trial in which he finished in third place. Walked Away will now be pointed to the trials to the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) to be held on November 24.

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Ramon Guce was released from Los Alamitos Medical Center on Friday night just a couple of hours after being involved in a spill in the evening’s sixth race. Guce tweeted the following on Friday evening:

“To all racing fans don't worry Dr. said no fracture only bruise. I'm ok if the bruise come down tomorrow I will ride back. Thanks to all.”

Guce is this track’s all-time leading Thoroughbred jockey.